Diploma in Christian Formation

Discern God’s ways in your life and prepare to disciple others.

Student Spotlight

Kaitlynn Kern

“I learned to embrace the messiness of life. I don’t automatically try and fix people, but recognize that God is working and I am joining Him…”

at a Glance





7 weeks in the Canadian Rockies

What Makes This Program Different

Prairie’s Christian Formation Diploma will equip you to:
• Slow down: Cultivate a transforming friendship with God.
• Go deep: Effectively study and interpret Scripture; Begin to integrate theology and human behavior; Discern how God is redeeming your past and re-shaping you now.
• Give life: Become a soul-friend to disciple others in their journey.

Our Students Say

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to:

• Small Group Leader
• Camp Ministry Positions
• Continue on to Bachelor of Arts in Ministry – Christian Formation
• Transfer into another four year degree at Prairie

The Christian Formation program is an excellent choice for those considering any profession that works closely with people. The diploma better equips you to help other Christians in their walk with God. This is especially important for anyone involved in children’s ministry or youth discipleship. This would include local church, small group and camp ministry.

Program Details

Students in the Christian Formation and Counselling program learn to offer discerning spiritual care by cultivating an attentive life with God. Our students pursue this goal by engaging in spiritual disciplines and by crafting an evangelical theology of God and the human person in dialogue with modern psychology and traditions of Christian devotion.

Students in the Christian Formation and Counselling Diploma program:

  • Cultivate an attentive life with God by spending seven weeks in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies at Frontier Lodge and learning to experience God in creation and community.
  • Build a strong foundation in the life-giving Word of God by studying nearly the entire canon of Scripture in six courses.
  • Begin to develop a Christian psychology  as a basis for counselling and soul care.
  • Begin to offer basic, discerning spiritual care for others.

This program is also available as a 4-year Bachelors.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology (27 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
              OR OT 453 Reading the Prophets
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel

Arts and Sciences (21 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
OL 104 Introduction to Experiential Education (1.5 credits)
OL 136 Outdoor Leadership for Christian Formation (1.5 credits)
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 311 Lifespan Development
Arts and Sciences elective

Christian Formation (12 credits)

CF 141-242 Readings for Christian Formation (2 credits)
CF 212 Introduction to Evangelical Spiritual Theology
CF 231 Prayer, Community, and Creation
CF 290 Directed Study (1 credit)
ST 103 Discernment and Discipleship

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.


  • Readings for Christian Formation is required each year a student is enrolled in the Diploma program.
  • Directed Study CF 290 can be taken for 2 credits if a student joins the program in their second year.
  1. Craft a biblically-based evangelical theology of God, personhood, and the human condition.
  2. Recover the wisdom of the church from the classics of Christian devotion throughout the centuries.
  3. Appraise and discern the theological appropriateness of common spiritual teachings and practices.
  4. Cultivate a listening life through meditation on the word and works of God.
  5. Offer basic, discerning spiritual care to another.

Program Tuition and Fees

For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid

Program Specific Costs:
Christian Formation students are charged a $60 program fee in the Fall semester.


Dr. Justin Allison

Program Coordinator

Justin, Andrea, and their three young daughters have come to Prairie from Arkansas, their home state in the southern US. Justin taught in a local high school and served as a part-time pastor prior to his graduate education. Blooming from his love of classical and biblical studies, Justin’s doctoral thesis compared the ancient Epicurean philosopher Philodemus and the apostle Paul with respect to moral formation. Read More.