Through academic training and hands-on ministry service, Emmanuel prepares Christ followers who are committed to making a difference in their world.

Christian Foundations

Co-ordinator: Carol Blake


Christian Foundations is a distance education program for personal spiritual enrichment. The program is equivalent to one full-time academic year but is completed over a longer time period. For some students, this program may provide the all-important spiritual foundation they are seeking; for others, this program may provide an opportunity for intense study and spiritual development before embarking on another EBC program of study or a career path.



The student who completes the program should:

  1. Have a working knowledge of biblical content.
  2. Be able to relate biblical knowledge to life situations.
  3. Understand and be committed to a life of Christian discipleship.
  4. Exhibit growth in spiritual and other practical ways and so be a more positive influence in home, community and church.
  5. Be equipped and motivated for lay ministry.
  6. Understand and be actively supportive of the global interdependence of the Body of Christ.


Career Path

Students graduating from this program become more involved in ministry in their local church or church agencies, or move into other programs at Emmanuel or other colleges and universities.  Transfer credits to other schools are awarded at the discretion of the receiving institution. 


  • Admission to and continuance in this program is at the discretion of the program co-ordinator and the college admissions committee. Supporting documents, including a completed program questionnaire and additional references, may be required. 
  • Before applying to this Distance Education program, it is recommended that a student take one of the required courses in Occasional Student Status.  This initial course gives the student an opportunity to experience distance learning and determine whether this program is a suitable fit for his/her learning style.
  • Completion of this program also qualifies as the Common First Year for all Degree and Diploma programs at EBC.
  • This program may be completed entirely by Distance Education.


Required Courses
Division Course Requirements Hours
Bible & Theology Old Testament Survey 3
  New Testament Survey 3
  Bible Study Skills 3
  Bible & Theology Elective 3
General Studies One of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology 3

General Studies Elective 3
Professional Studies Spiritual Formation 3
  Introduction to Global Christianity 3
  Professional Studies Elective 3
Free Electives Elective 3
Field Education Field Education and Ministry Preparation
  Field Education 1
  TOTAL 32

The program consists of 12 hours Bible & Theology, 6 hours General Studies, 9 hours Professional Studies, 3 hours Electives, and 2 Field Education credits.

The Christian Foundations Certificate is not eligible for government funding.