Kingswood Extended - Flame

Kingswood Extended offers a large selection of non-credit courses for those looking to prepare for effective ministry in the local church through three distinct delivery options: Flame, Correspondence, and Hybrid.  In addition to being open to any individual in pursuit of Christian higher education, these courses also meet the academic requirements for licensing and credentialing in the Wesleyan Church through the Department of Education and Clergy Development.

Flame Courses use technology to bring together the convenience of online education with the benefits of live classroom interaction.

Correspondence Courses allow individuals to complete courses at an independent pace with a flexible schedule that accommodates the unique demands of life. Please click here for more information on Correspondence Courses through Kingswood Extended.

Hybrid Courses introduce a cohort model that allows students in one location (i.e. a local church or community) to gain the knowledge and practical ministry preparation they need to be effective Kingdom leaders in an environment of accountability and encouragement through a combination of independent study and on-site mentoring. Please click here for more information.

Flame, Hybrid, and Correspondence Courses are designed to satisfy ordination requirements in the Wesleyan Church. However, Kingswood University has developed a way for ordained Wesleyan pastors to be granted advanced standing in an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies degree program. For more information, click here.

Flame courses use Zoom video conference technology to bring together the convenience of online education with the benefits of live classroom interaction. These courses have been designed as an opportunity for adult ministerial students, lay ministers, and volunteers to prepare for effective ministry in the local church. Choosing from a selection of twenty-three courses, all of which are required for ordination in The Wesleyan Church, adult students will be engaged in rigorous academic studies and practical ministry education in a community of accountability and encouragement. Designed to develop both passion and excellence in ministry, courses will challenge students to grow in Biblical knowledge, theological depth, and personal spiritual maturity, resulting in healthy, fit, and effective ministers.

Flame courses use technology to bring together the convenience of online education with the benefits of live classroom interaction.

Class Structure

Flame courses typically operate on an eight-week schedule, allowing for one week of pre-course work, six weeks of live classroom instruction, and one week of post-course work.

Classes are four hours in duration and will be held once a week for six weeks on an assigned day, providing a total of twenty-four hours of live classroom instruction.

During the six weeks of live classes, students will log in to a video conference via Zoom. This provides real-time interaction with the instructor and other students in the class, creating a more robust learning environment over independent study.

Instructors will assign out-of-classroom coursework totalling a minimum of fifty hours. Coursework may include reading, response questions, short assignments, projects, and/or papers.


The Zoom video conferencing technology is free to the student and easy to use. Training videos and live IT support (upon request) are available to ensure a positive experience.

You will need:

  • A computer/laptop with a camera
  • A good internet connection
  • Optional earphones or headset with a microphone
  • A quiet place to attend class

Upon registration, Kingswood Extended will provide helpful links to instructions and video tutorials for the set up and use of Zoom, as well as access to live IT support, as needed.


Participation in the live classroom setting is an essential component of the course structure, providing a means of interaction, accountability, and encouragement, and will be necessary to meet the academic requirement for successful course completion. Any student who is absent for more than four hours of live classroom time forfeits the entire course. 

Submitting Course Work

All course work will be due one week following the final class. Late submissions will be penalized a 10% grade reduction per week after the deadline.

Extensions of up to two weeks may be granted prior to the final due date, at the discretion of the instructor, without penalty. Extensions beyond two weeks for extenuating circumstances will require approval from the Director of Kingswood Extended and may result in a reduction of the final grade for the course.

Work submitted three weeks after the deadline, without an extension for extenuating circumstances, will not be accepted and will result in a failing grade for the course.

Instructors will submit grades to Kingswood Extended within two weeks from the close of the course. Students will be notified when final grades have been received.


Students will receive a numerical final grade. A final grade of 76% or above is required to fulfill the academic requirements for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church. Syllabi will include the evaluation guidelines for assessing submitted work.

Plagiarism & Other Academic Dishonesty

Flame Courses follow the plagiarism and academic dishonesty guidelines established by Kingswood University. For more information, please consult the policies outlined in the Kingswood Catalogue.


All fees are listed in Canadian funds. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

Flame courses are $245 Canadian, plus books and materials.

Flame courses may also be audited for $95 Canadian Dollars, plus books and materials. Students auditing courses will not be required to submit assignments and will not receive feedback or grades for any assignments submitted. (Audited courses will not meet the academic requirements for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church.)

Refund Policy

Refunds for course fees are calculated on the following basis:

  • 100% up to, but not including, the second live class session.
  • 50% after the second live class and up to, but not including, the third live class session.
  • No refund after the third live class session.

A self-advising form for those pursuing credentialing in The Wesleyan Church is available HERE to assist you in making decisions as you register for courses.  Others may find this helpful, as well, as a guide for course sequence and progression.

All courses require pre-course work that should be completed before the first scheduled live class. Pre-course requirements will be clearly stated in the course syllabus. Syllabi will be available at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. 

Please register early, download the course syllabus from the link provided on this page, and order any required books or materials to prepare for class. Students are free to purchase course texts from their preferred source.

Old Testament Elective - Wisdom Literature
Saturday, 9am-1pm EST
July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 10, 17    Registration closes Saturday, June 29
Instructor: Clinton Branscombe  [Download Course Syllabus]

A study of the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) with an emphasis on their historical setting and background, literary structure, and contemporary meaning.

Christian Education  
Monday, 6pm-10pm EST
July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 12, 19    Registration closes Monday, July 1
Instructor: Karen Tucker  [Download Course Syllabus]

This course explores the role Christian education plays in the local church’s evangelism and discipleship strategies. Students will be asked to reflect on current programs and practices, considering their ministry goals, and explore additional ways that they can create a more dynamic and effective Christian education approach.

New Testament Introduction
Tuesday, 6-10pm EST
July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13    Registration closes Tuesday, July 2
Instructor: Ken Schenck  [Download Course Syllabus]

Students will explore the historical, geographical, cultural, and linguistic factors that influenced the events and thoughts found in the Scriptures.

Methods of Bible Study        
Thursday, 6-10pm EST
July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15   Registration closes Thursday, July 4
Instructor: David Durst  [Download Course Syllabus]

Students will be introduced to hermeneutics, the art of biblical interpretation, through the study of the principles of induction, the development of skills, and the use of various reference tools which are applied to specific books of the Bible.

Saturday, 9am-1pm EST
Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19  Registration closes Saturday, August 31
Instructor: Rev. Rebecca Rowley, LMSW   

This course introduces the basic principles and issues in the field of sociology – the study of human interaction. It will help students see the need for critical thinking about the social world, gain familiarity with basic sociological concepts, confront social change, plan for the future, and clarify their own values so they can appreciate how Christian faith is transmitted through human interaction.

Pastoral Counselling
Monday, 6-10pm EST
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 21  Registration closes Monday, September 2
Instructor: Rev. Allen Lee, PhD

This course will introduce you to the skills and theory of counselling. There will be a strong practical component in teaching the skills of counselling, as well as an in-depth study of the various modern psychotherapies. The course will critique, from a Christian perspective, the merits and concerns of various psychotherapies and the application of them to our ministries.

Wesleyan History & Discipline
Tuesday, 6-10pm EST
Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15  Registration closes Tuesday, September 3
Instructor: Rev. Michael A. Black, DMin

This course is an introduction to the Discipline and a survey of the historical development of The Wesleyan Church. The student will be introduced to the doctrines, standards, practices and procedures that govern the church and the theological, historical, and sociological factors which have shaped the development of the denomination.

New Testament Elective
Thursday, 6-10pm EST
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17  Registration closes Thursday, September 5
Instructor: TBD

Course Description: TBA

Saturday, 9am-1pm EST
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23; Dec. 7, 14  Registration closes Saturday, October 26
Instructor: TBD

General Psychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the scientific study of behaviour and mental experience. This is a survey course of a diverse field. We will be covering an extremely broad range of topics, from brain physiology to social behaviour.

General Church History
Monday, 6-10 EST
Nov. 4, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16  Registration closes Monday, October 28
Instructor: TBD

This course provides a brief survey of the history of the Christian church from its birth to the present day, in the context of world history. Attention will be given to how the history of the church impacts ministry in the 21st Century.

Church Leadership & Management
Tuesday, 6-10pm EST
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10  Registration closes Tuesday, October 29
Instructor: TBD

This course examines the nature and the purpose of church leadership and management, preparing the student for more efficient self-management, more positive leadership, more effective church business administration, and more productive ministry.

Doctrine of Holiness 
Thursday, 6-10pm EST
Nov. 7, 14, 21; Dec. 5, 12, 19  Registration closes Thursday, October 31
Instructor: Rev. Steve Dunmire, DMin

This course is meant to introduce you to the Wesleyan doctrine of holiness, its history, and the denomination’s expectations regarding its experience.

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  • To me Flame is an amazing opportunity to connect with, encourage, and challenge others who are pursuing Christ in ministry. Iron sharpening iron.
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For more information, please contact us:
(506) 432-4459