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.

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

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.

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.

  1. Describe 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
  • On-ramp to M.A. in Counselling, giving you a distinct advantage for an integrated counselling 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Spiritual Formation Director
  • Prerequisite to MA in Counselling
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Bridge to Chaplaincy
  • Prerequisite to Other Graduate Studies

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
ST 103 Discernment and Discipleship
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology electives 200 level or above (6 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
HF 317 Christian Classics in Historical Perspective
OL 104 Introduction 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
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 339 Worship as Christian Formation
CM 250 Introduction to Counseling
CM 478 Christian Formation Internship (12 credits)
CF elective

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.
  • 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.