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 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 courses involving 10 hours of instruction, plus 30 hours of additional reading and written work.

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



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