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

B.R.E. Professional Studies

Co-ordinator: Stephen Roy


This three-year program allows students to combine two of a number of available ministry concentrations with the major in Bible/Theology. The student receives training in order to develop skills and knowledge in two ministry areas.



In addition to the objectives identified for the common first year MountainTop Certificate program, this program also enables students to begin to:

  1. Demonstrate adequate competence in integrating the Bible with ministry skills and knowledge in the areas of concentration.
  2. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of important principles in the selected areas of concentration.
  3. Provide leadership in a variety of settings both inside and outside the church.


Career Path

Students graduating from this program find employment in church ministry, church agencies, front-line people helping, or go on to further studies in university, college, or seminary. 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.

Required Courses
Division Course Requirements HRS
Bible & Theology     Old Testament Survey 3
New Testament Survey 3
Bible Foundations 3
Bible Study Skills 3
Old Testament Elective 200 Level 3
New Testament Elective 200 Level 3
Old or New Testament Elective 300 level 3
Introduction to Theology 3
Theology Elective 300 level (x2) 6
General Studies      Ideas and Civilizations 3
Psychology OR Anthropology OR Sociology 3
Ethics 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Group Dynamics 3
Cross-Cultural Communication 3
Interpersonal and Helping Skills 3
General Studies Elective 200 level 3
General Studies Elective 3
Professional Studies   Personal Discipleship 3
Missional Discipleship 3
Philosophy of Ministry 3
Field Education  Field Education and Ministry Preparation 1
Field Education (x 1) 1
Field Education in each concentration 1
 Concentrations  Concentration I (x4) 12
Concentration II (x4) 12
  TOTAL 96

The program consists of 30 hours Bible & Theology, 27 hours General Studies, 9 hours Professional Studies, 24 hours in Concentrations, and 6 Field Education credits.

Concentrations Available in Professional Studies Program
Concentrations are bundles of four courses in a related subject or ministry area.  Courses can be drawn from all areas of the curriculum including Bible & Theology, General Studies, and Professional Studies.  One course may be designated external practicum or internship.  

Christian Education

Psychology OR Anthropology OR Sociology
Children's Ministry I
Children's Ministry II
Introduction to Youth & Family Ministry

Human Services

Introduction to Human Services
Human Diversity
Professional Practice:  Ethics, Reporting, & Referral
Related 3 credit internship in Human Services


Applied Counselling Studies
Relationship Counselling
Theories of Counselling
Psychopathology OR Developmental Psychology


Introduction to Worship and Music
Worship Leadership
Biblical & Historical Foundations OR Worship I or II (KEEN)
History of Music in Worship (KEEN)
(Ethnodoxology may be substituted for one above)

Youth & Family Ministry 

Introduction to Youth & Family Ministry
Critical Issues in Youth & Family Ministry I
Psychology and Culture of Youth
Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth

Intercultural Studies

Contemporary Evangelism
2 Intercultural Studies Electives

Organizational Leadership

Introduction to Leadership
Managing Ministries & Organizations
2 of Teams and the Work Process (KEEN), Entrepreneurship (KEEN), Basic Accounting (KEEN)


Linguistics (KEEN)
Theories of Second Language Acquisition (KEEN)
Structure of the English Language (TESL) (KEEN)
College Level TESL (KEEN)


Pastoral Ministry

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Pastoral Skills
Preaching Skills I
Introduction to Worship and Music 



Develop Your Own Concentration 

Students may also build their own concentrations by choosing related courses that provide for a focused exploration of a specific subject or area of ministry practice.  Students may combine in-class courses, distance education courses, online courses, and professor assisted or reading courses to make up a concentration. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering this option:

  • The concentration must have a clear focus and rationale.  Choosing four unrelated courses does not make a concentration.
  • Courses can be drawn from all areas of the curriculum but normally one course is a Bible & Theology course, one is a General Studies course, and one is a Professional Studies course.  This requirement may be waived with appropriate justification. 
  • If students are taking more than one concentrations, only one course may be used to meet the requirements of both concentrations.
  • Courses included in concentrations may be used to meet other program requirements such as credit hour requirements in a course division.
  • New concentrations should be developed in conjunction with your faculty advisor or program coordinator.  Approval for new concentrations is made by faculty by means of a Concentration Approval form. 

The Registrar’s Office or faculty advisor can provide further details.