Christian Formation & Counselling

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

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

3 Month Internship

What Makes This Program Different

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 a career in counselling.

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to:

** Due to Prairie College’s partnership with Briercrest Seminary, graduates of the 4-year Christian Formation and Counselling program (BAM) may receive up to 12 credits of advanced standing towards a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Briercrest Seminary (a 63 credit hour degree).

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 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 covering the entire canon of Scripture over seven courses.
  • Develop a Christian psychology as a basis for counselling and soul care.
  • Participate in a three-month internship under a qualified minister of spiritual care.
  • Receive “level 1” certification in spiritual direction from Urban Sanctuary (also known as the Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation). This includes the opportunity to learn from and work with experienced evangelical Christian counselors and spiritual directors from Urban Sanctuary.

This program is also available as a 2-year diploma.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (45 credits)

BT 409 Word and World
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
OR ST 205/06/07/08 Freedom Session
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology electives (9 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (39 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
OT 104 Introduction to Experiential Education
OT 136 Outdoor Leadership for Christian Formation
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
SS 314 Social Psychology
Arts and Sciences elective

Christian Formation Major (33 credits)

CF 1-341 Readings for Christian Formation
CF 212 Introduction to Evangelical Spiritual Theology
CF 231 Prayer, Community, and Creation
CF 418 Theology and Psychology
CF 430 Theory and Practice of Spiritual Direction
CM 250 Introduction to Counseling
CM 478 Christian Formation Internship (9 credits)
CM 479 Practicum in Spiritual Direction

ST 103 Discernment and Discipleship

Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.


  • 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.
  • Most students will have to take two of their electives by Online Education outside the regular school 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. Integrate Christian theological psychology with empirical research in order to appraise contemporary therapies as well as spiritual teachings and practices
  4. Cultivate a listening life through meditation on the word and works of God
  5. Offer 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. Students participating in the Frontier Lodge 7 week experience have a fee of $1000 to offset additional programming in the Canadian Rockies in that term.  


Dr. Justin Allison

Program Coordinator

  • BA in Classics and Philosophy (magna cum laude), University of Arkansas
  • MDIV (summa cum laude), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • ThM in New Testament (summa cum laude), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • PhD in New Testament, Durham University

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.