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

Christian Ministry Support Worker

Co-ordinator: Stephen Roy


The Christian Ministry Support Worker Diploma is available to mature students over the age of 30, or students approved by the Ontario Second Career Training Program.  This two-year program facilitates the development of a student’s spiritual life while preparing them for entry level employment in a church or other ministry organization.  It allows a student to focus on biblical and theological studies as well as take professional courses related to pastoral or social service work.

All the credits earned in the diploma may be applied to the degree programs offered by the college. This program has been designed so that students may complete the BRE in Arts & Biblical Studies at a later date by taking additional courses either in the classroom at EBC or by Distance Education. Students should be aware that specific course requirements differ between programs and so not all credits earned in the diploma may be applicable to a specific degree.


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

  1. Serve alongside others already engaged in a pastoral or caring ministry within a church, institution, or other setting.
  2. Work in a support role in a church or some social service organizations.  Potential employment examples include:  ministry director, associate pastor, lay pastor, or community support worker.
  3. Obtain ministerial licensing with some evangelical denominations.


Career Path

Students graduating from this program may be eligible for entry-level positions in churches and other ministry organizations.  They are also prepared for further study at EBC 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-coordinator and the college admissions committee. Supporting documents, including a completed program questionnaire and additional references, may be required.   


Required Courses
Division Course Requirements Hours
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
Introduction to Theology 3
Theology Elective 300 Level 3
General Studies Ideas and Civilizations 3
Psychology OR Anthropology OR Sociology 3
Ethics 3
Introduction to Communication 3
General Studies Elective (X 2) 6
Professional Studies Personal Discipleship 3
Missional Discipleship 3
Interpersonal and Helping Skills and Group Dynamics
OR Introduction to Pastoral Ministry and Pastoral Skills 6
Free Electives Electives (x2) 6
Field Education Field Education and Ministry Preparation 1
Field Education (x1) 1
Field Education (Pastoral or Counselling) (x2) 2
  TOTAL 64

The program consists of 24 hours Bible & Theology, 18 hours General Studies, 12 hours Professional Studies, 6 hours Electives, and 4 Field Education credits.  

OSL Default Rate:  2014, 0.0%

Program Completion Rate:  2015, 100%

Employment Rate for Further Studies: 2015, 100%