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Foundations for Ministry Certificate

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Students are required to take five courses in at least three different areas.

  • Understanding the Bible
  • The Christian Faith
  • Personal Formation and Development
  • Foundation of Ministry
  • Mission and Evangelism
What are the FMC Courses offered?

Twice a year, a variety of specific Foundations for Ministry (FMC) courses are offered to students. The choice of course offered will depend on each Alliance District and what is being offered that year. Once determined, FMC courses available for registration will be listed on our website by District. You can also contact your local District Office as well.

What is the Foundations certificate?

The FMC is relevant and practical instruction for men and women engaged in ministry across Canada.

Who is the Foundations certificate for?

The FMC is for Church workers and lay individuals involved in ministry.

When and where will the Foundations certificate be offered?

The FMC will be offered twice a year in each of five regions across Canada.

What format is the Foundations certificate?

The FMC will be seminar-style involving 10 hours of instruction, plus 30 hours of addition reading and written work. Unfortunately, there is no option for completing this courses online. 

How much will the Foundations certificate cost?

The cost of the FMC will be set by the host church or district.

How do I register for classes?

Below you will find information on upcoming FMC courses offered through different districts. To register, click on the yellow button beneath the district's course offerings you are interested in. This will redirect you to the district registration page, which is separate from Ambrose University's webpage, for you to complete your registration. Please follow the instructions as provided by each district.


Full-time Ambrose faculty and select ministry professionals.

Level of Instruction and Transfer

Courses are aimed at adult learners and are assessed on a pass/fail basis. Syllabi are available one month prior to course offering.

Participants who wish to continue their studies at Ambrose, and who are accepted into one of its seminary programs, will be granted one elective credit hour for each Foundations for Ministry course completed, up to a maximum of 6 credits. 

In addition to the five areas of study, individuals wishing to be credentialed for ministry in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada are required to complete the course "Alliance History and Thought" at either the undergraduate or seminary levels.


Contact to your local Alliance District Office, or Diane Quapp at

Upcoming FMC Courses

Effective Online Ministry: Understanding, Creating and Launching Ministry Online

Instructor:  Dr. Bryce Ashlin-Mayo

Join us online for this exciting 3 part FMC course(hosted by Ambrose University). Classes will run 9am-3pm (MDT) with a break from 12-1pm each day.  NOTE: Class sessions will be recorded for people who are not able to participate at the scheduled class times.

This FMC course is open to all districts to participate.

Oct. 21 – Understanding the Digital World: Bringing Theology and Media Ecology Together
Nov. 4 – Understanding the Nuts and Bolts (Bits and Bytes) of Online Ministry
Nov. 18 – Designing an Online Ministry Strategy

Cost is $150.00 for all three sessions.

Register Today

Western Canadian District

The Best Selling Book of All Time 

Where did the Bible come from?  Why should I trust it?  How can I respond to the criticisms that come against it?

Instructor:  Rev. Ben Elliott, PhD

This course will run in 5 - 2 hours sessions online or in person at Deer Park Alliance Church, Red Deer, AB  

Students wishing to take the course for FMC credit must attend all 5 sessions either online or in person.  

Dates: Tues. Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, & 20, 7:00-9:00pm (MDT) 

Registration has closed for this course.

Canadian Pacific District

Personal Formation: “The Transforming Journey: an invitation to union with Christ”

Oct. 28-29, 2020

Instructor:  Brian Buhler

Location:  ONLINE (Zoom log-in information will be provided by the C&MA pacific district office)

Missions and Evangelism:  The Mission of the Church

Oct. 30-31, 2020

Instructor: Lisa Rohrick

Location:  ONLINE (Zoom log-in information will be provided by the C&MA pacific district office)

Click here to register

For more information contact Diane Quapp at