Bachelor of Arts in Ministry:
Christian Formation

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Christian Formation

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) is designed to study the Bible along with pastoral and theological sources to cultivate a prayerful life, develop a Christian psychology and provide spiritual care for others.

Courses revolve around:

  • Understanding the ways of God in Scripture and in human lives.
  • Accessing the wisdom of the church for the care of souls throughout the centuries.
  • Cultivating a prayerful life in community for the care and counsel of others.

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Christian Formation: In Depth

The Christian Formation program is an excellent choice for those considering any profession that works closely with people. It provides a firm foundation for those interested in entering relational ministry or considering an MA in counselling.

Program Highlights

  • Spend seven weeks in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and learn to experience the glory of God through his handiwork.
  • Scripture is foundational to the Christian life. Therefore, the program seeks to ground students deeply in the life-giving Word of God by covering the entire canon of Scripture over seven courses.
  • Engage with Christians of the past that have thought deeply about Christian growth and formation.
  • Develop a Christian psychology as a basis for counselling and soul care. 
  • A three-month internship under a qualified minister of spiritual care.

Listen to the founder of the Christian Formations program, Professor Ritchie White, describe our need for communion with God. This message is at the heart of the Christian Formation program.

Program Objectives

Prairie’s BAM program will equip you to: 

  • Describe a biblically-based evangelical theology of God, personhood and the human condition 
  • Recover the wisdom of the church from the classics of Christian devotion throughout the centuries
  • Integrate Christian theological psychology with empirical research in order to appraise contemporary therapies as well as spiritual teachings and practices 
  • Cultivate a listening life through meditation on the word and works of God
  • Offer discerning spiritual care to another 

Expanded Opportunities

  • On-ramp to M.A. in Counseling, giving you a distinct advantage for an integrated counseling practice.
  • Foundation for chaplaincy training.
  • Possible placements in churches or camps as director of spiritual formation.
  • Possible placement as small group director in a church.
  • Possible placement as a recovery group worker. 

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless indicated otherwise.

Bible & Theology (45 credits)

  • BT 309 Word and World: Theology and Praxis
  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • ST 103 Discernment and Discipleship 
  • TH 100 Introduction To Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel 
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation  
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (200 or above; 6 credits)    

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
  • HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
  • HF 317-18 Christian Classics in Historical Perpective
  • OL 104 Intro to Experiential Education (1.5 credits)      
  • OL 136 Outdoor Leadership for Christian Formation (1.5 credits)
  • SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • SS 311 Lifespan Development                 
  • HF/SS electives (3 credits)

Christian Formation (33 credits)

  • CF 141 Readings for Christian Formation (1 credit)
  • CF 241 Readings for Christian Formation (1 credit)
  • CF 341 Readings for Christian Formation (1 credit)
  • CF 212 Introduction to Evangelical Spiritual Theology 
  • CF 231 Prayer, Community, and Creation    
  • CF 318 Theology and Psychology 
  • CF 339 Worship as Christian Formation
  • CM 250 Introduction to Counseling            
  • CM 478 Christian Formation Internship (12 credits)
  • CF elective (3 credits)

General Electives  (6 credits)


  • Readings for Christian Formation (1 credit, year-long) is required for each year a student is in the diploma or degree program, up to a maximum of three years.
  • Guided Studies can be taken to fulfill the 3-credit requirement for CF 141 and can be based on Readings or other content determined by the instructor.
  • Most students will have to take two of their electives by Distance Education outside the regular school year.
  • The Christian Formation Program Coordinator has oversight of all ST courses, while the content and direction of each ST course is determined jointly by the BI/TH faculty and the CF Program Coordinator.


For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Ritchie White  Program Coordinator

How can we discern God’s voice amidst all the other voices in our lives? How can we keep company with God in a high-stress culture?

Without a pole star to navigate by, we are all lost at sea—until we find our bearings in Jesus Christ through Holy Scripture, the true story of redemption in Christ that redeems each of our personal stories.

In an age of rapid and unsettling change this program offers students a course of studies and experiences, along with friendships, aimed at cultivating a prayerful life, developing an informed Christian psychology and providing discerning spiritual care for others. In terms of Psalm 1, we can become persons who learn to slow down, go deep, and give life.


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The Christian Formation program is valuable in the sense that it allows for the equipping of individuals in the discipline of discipleship, something that will be valuable no matter where one ends up in life.
Mikeala Davidson
Prairie Student
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When my wife left me, the pain and confusion I felt cannot be described. The secular counsellors I went to for help did not address the source of my problems or offer any solutions. My healing didn't begin until I found Christian counselling based on biblical truth and combined with expertise in secular strategies. Anyone who wants to help hurting people should think seriously about the Christian Formation program. This is not only a strong career path but also a much-needed ministry. Having personally been taught by Ritchie White, I can say confidently that Prairie has world-class instructors who are also first-class servants of Christ. I would definitely recommend this program as the need is great.
Carson Cole
Prairie Student
Mikeala Davidson
Carson Cole

Career Opportunities


  • Spiritual Formation Director
  • Prerequisite to MA in Counseling
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Bridge to Chaplaincy
  • Prerequisite to Other Gaduate Studies
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