Ambrose University

Foundations for Ministry Certificate

(If you are looking for CCSTAS Foundations, please click here.)

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. Auditing FMC courses is not available as well.

How much will the Foundations certificate cost?
The cost of the FMC will be set by the host church or 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 Courses


Eastern Canadian District

September 4 & 5, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

North Toronto Chinese Alliance Church

Course Title : Christian Education

Speaker: Dr Anthony Chow

To register:


Pacific District

June 5 & 6, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

North Richmond Alliance Church

The Christian Faith: Theology for Laity

Speaker: Dr Jason Yeung

October 28-29
Canadian Pacific District
Personal Formation and Development: The Nature and Goal of Spiritual Formation
Instructor: Dr. Peter Ralph
To register: contact Karen Hardy at

October 30-31
Canadian Pacific District
Missions and Evangelism: Theology of Mission
Instructor: Dr. Miriam Charter
To register: contact Karen Hardy at

Please add this one course on the FMC page.

Western District

Oct. 2 & 3, 2015, Friday 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Ambrose University, A2133
Understanding the Bible: Reading Judges: The Old Testament as Christian Scripture
Instructor: Dr. Colin Toffelmire
For more info, click here


September 18 & 19, 2015(Friday & Saturday)

Edmonton Chinese Baptist Church

Course Title : Spirituality & Soul Care

Speaker: Mr. Jonathan Li

To register:


September 25 & 26, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

Calgary Chinese Alliance Church

Course Title : Mission and Evangelism

Speaker: Rev. Peter Chan

To register:


October  23 & 24 (Friday & Saturday)

South Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free church

Course Title : Practice and Theology of Worship

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Ho

To register:


November 6 & 7, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

Edmonton Chinese Christian Church

Course Title : Spirituality & Soul Care

Speaker :  Mr. Jonathan Li

To register:


St Lawrence District

October 2 & 3, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

Montreal Chinese Alliance Church

Course Title : Spiritual Formation & Development

Speaker: Dr Ivan Leung

To register: