University description (as per official university website)
THE EMMANUEL STORY
Emmanuel Bible College is conveniently situated in the heartland of southwestern Ontario. Born out of a growing need for qualified personnel for regional and international Christian ministries, the College was founded in January 1940. From its small beginning in Stouffville (near Toronto), the College moved to its first campus on the site of downtown Kitchener's Centre in the Square and then in 1964 to its present beautiful maple grove campus in eastern Kitchener. Presently about 500 students take courses each year.
Emmanuel Bible College provides Bible-based post-secondary education equipping women and men to think, live, serve and lead as mature Christians in the Church and in the world.
ACCREDITATION AND CHARTER
The College is an accredited member with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. ABHE is recognized by the (American) Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As well, the College is chartered by the Province of Ontario in the 1981 Emmanuel Bible College Act, which entitles EBC to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), and Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.).
Accreditation requires the College to maintain an approved curriculum, qualified faculty, sound financial and personnel (including student) policies and an adequate library. Regular review of these areas is done to facilitate and maintain these high standards.
Emmanuel Bible College is a denominational college that has become inter-denominational. Originally sponsored by the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Emmanuel has always opened its doors to students of all evangelical orientations. EBC has signed covenants with the Congregational Christian Churches of Canada and the United Brethren Churches in Canada, officially recognizing a long-standing working relationship. Over 30 denominations are represented annually in our student body. They hold in common a personal belief and experience in Jesus Christ, with a desire to learn the Word of God and prepare for Christian service.
A high percentage of degree program graduates have been appointed to pastorates, to cross-cultural service, and to a variety of responsible service positions within churches and Christian parachurch agencies. Others have continued their studies in seminaries or with advanced standing in university programs. Diploma and certificate program graduates provide strong lay leadership in a variety of Christian ministry settings, having entered the secular workplace directly or after additional post EBC education. The College cites with pride about 2000 alumni who are a strong influence for God and good throughout the world.
TENETS OF FAITH
Emmanuel Bible College affirms these tenets as identified in the statement of faith of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).
1. The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy and the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. One God, eternally existent in three persons -Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work and His personal return in power and glory.
4. The Salvation of lost and sinful people through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and the regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
5. The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.
7. The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We value the development of character, knowledge and skill it takes to become effective disciples and leaders of the faith in the church and in the world. EBC has four core organizational values that are crucial to our identity and function:
1. Biblical education – Think
2. Development of the whole person – Live
3. Evangelism/Multiplication – Serve
4. Community life and Church life – Lead
As a school we value living by faith, trusting God, learning in community, striving for excellence, being a resource to the church and Christian community, missions, multiplication of leaders and ministry partnerships. We value and strive for excellence in biblical and theological education.
Think – Biblical Education
• We value programs and classes based on scripture
• We value all education that is anchored to the cross
• We value the Bible as the key focus to our education and training
• We value the scripture which affects all aspects of the college
• We value the integration of theory and practice
Live – Development of the Whole Person
• We value the development of the whole person: the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of the student
• We value theological education as a transforming experience to all aspects of a person’s life
• We value living a life that glorifies God through the development of biblical character
Serve – Evangelism/Multiplication – Missions
• We value education that is relevant to our constituency and is conscious of the broader global context
• We value the multiplication of leaders
• We value an attitude of evangelism that seeks to share the love and knowledge of Christ with others
• We value portraying God’s grace to the world
Lead – Community and Church Life
• We value Christian community and the relationships within it
• We value the Church as part of that community
• We value the uniqueness of each individual in the community
• We value being beacons of Light
• We value being active and visible to the world
• We value students being catalysts of grace in their contexts
Ministry Training Programs
Emmanuel offers undergraduate or bachelor's-level ministry training, in contrast to seminaries that offer graduate or master's-level training following a university degree. We believe this model of training to be optimal, standing partway between seminaries on one hand and schools of ministry on the other.
The ministry training programs are a blend of
Bible and Theology courses (a major)
General Studies (a year of general arts courses that expose the student to broad university-level learning)
Professional courses that provide skills in one or two areas of ministry
Field Education, Internships, and Co-ops which are mentored, evaluated, learning-by-practicing ministry experiences, all within an ethos of spiritual and personal formation.
The interaction of these four components of a program has been found to be change-inducing in a student's life, especially when combined with all the additional learning opportunities campus life at Emmanuel affords.
Emmanuel's programs provide entry-level training for as-early-as-possible ministry/vocation appointments. Often these appointments involve a mentor for the person entering ministry. Within a year or two of beginning the appointment, we recommend that the person begin, on a part-time basis, graduate studies that either extend the specialty, or else provide yet another specialty.
Learning, doing ministry, and then reflecting on the results is known as praxis, and is the most effective type of learning. That is why EBC's program expects students to participate in field placements throughout their training.
Emmanuel graduates find ready admission to excellent seminaries, other Christian graduate schools and universities for further training.
Both undergraduate and graduate studies and the accompanying years of ministry praxis reinforce one another to prepare the student professionally for a lifetime of service. Emmanuel commends this strategy of training to prospective students (and to churches/companies/agencies interested in training Christian workers) with confidence in its proven effectiveness.
Christian men and women serving in the professions greatly extend God's care and influence throughout the world. Entry to many non-church professions is through a professional graduate degree; to some through a community college diploma or certificate.
Emmanuel graduates usually receive very good transfer credit to universities. A three-year degree recipient may be granted up to or a little more than one-and-a-half years of transfer. So, for example, a general university B.A. could be obtained in just one and a half additional years, depending on the university’s transfer policies. Some transfer may be provided to community college programs depending on the student’s specialization and the policies of individual colleges. Transferring students have all the benefits of biblical, theological, professional and general arts studies so that they are well positioned to integrate faith with subsequent professional studies. This added strength makes Christian professionals especially effective servants of Christ in a world that is unaware of its deep need for Him.
Students planning studies at both Bible College and either university or community college are advised to do the former first in order to be better prepared and to streamline transfer of credit.
Emmanuel's one-year programs such as MountainTop provide a good overview of the Bible College experience. Many pre-professional students choose this option, realizing that at least one year of personal growth at Bible College is too valuable to miss.
Christian Education for Life
Some Bible College students enroll to receive biblical and liberal arts education as their last planned formal education experience. With this training they enter the workplace, finding jobs that suit their interests, abilities, and aspirations. At times the employers provide special on-the-job training or even training for advancement. Such people have a worldview and skill set that provides them with background to be good thinkers, good homebuilders, and faithful employees, capable of significant involvement in community and church settings. In short, EBC provides Bible-based liberal arts education of one to three years' duration, enabling students to develop personally in preparation for life and the workplace.
Degree Completion and Retraining
The college works supportively with people who are returning to school, giving as generously as possible appropriate credit transfer to students who have previous postsecondary education. We are willing to do consultation and documentation for those interested in retraining with a ministry focus. In a society in which second and even third careers are common, EBC is uniquely positioned to assist in this re-focusing and retraining for ministry.
GENERAL EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
In keeping with the previous statements, various programs of study have been established. The following general objectives apply to the overall educational programming and the learning resources made available to students. Depending on the specific program of study, graduating students should, in general, be qualified to:
1. Love God passionately; serve God faithfully.
2. Demonstrate a commitment to live ethically by scriptural standards and pursue personal spiritual growth and development.
3. Provide evidence of undergraduate skills in research and critical thinking leading to life-long learning.
4. Understand, affirm, and articulate the theological, philosophical and biblical basis of the historic Christian faith within today’s world.
5. Integrate faith with wider academic study and cultural engagement.
6. Demonstrate critical, exegetical and hermeneutical ability in the interpretation and application of scripture.
7. Demonstrate the gifts, calling, aptitude, and basic knowledge for one’s chosen area of ministry as well as a developing personal philosophy of life and ministry.
8. Demonstrate good relationship skills.
9. Communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written word.
10. Demonstrate compassion for the lost and be an effective Christian witness.
11. Demonstrate a commitment to the Church in its local, denominational and global expressions by participating, leading, and equipping others in its life and ministry.
These objectives are achieved through the total college experience: academic programs of study, classroom activities, research, field education work, and the multifaceted activities that are known as campus- and student- life. Additional objectives are listed for individual programs and are to be combined with those above.
Through these integrated experiences, some students may prepare for Christian ministry and possible career placement in ministry. Others may work bi-vocationally, serving in ministry and supporting themselves through employment less related to their EBC study. Still others will require more advanced education for other forms of service, in which case their EBC studies are preparatory towards advanced studies.