Kingswood Extended - Flame
Kingswood Extended offers two non-credit course options for those looking to prepare for effective ministry in the local church: Flame Courses and Correspondence Courses. 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.
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.
Both Flame Courses and Correspondence Courses are non-credit options, i.e. they cannot be applied to a degree program. Please click here for more information on undergraduate and graduate courses offered for credit through Kingswood University.
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.
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.)
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 can be accessed by clicking on the course name below. (Note: Only the current and subsequent session syllabi are finalized; all other syllabi are provided for your information only and are subject to change.)
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.
Methods of Bible Study Monday, 6-10pm EST July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13
Instructor: Dr. David Durst
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.
Old Testament Elective Tuesday, 6-10pm EST July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14
Instructor: Mr. Clinton Branscombe
Course description not yet available.
New Testament Introduction Thursday, 6-10pm EST July 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16
Instructor: Dr. Ken Schenck
Students will explore the historical, geographical, cultural, and linguistic factors that influenced the events and thoughts found in the Scriptures.
Christian Education Saturday, 9am-1pm EST July 7, 14, 21; August 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Dr. Priscilla Hammond
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 Elective Monday, 6-10pm EST Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15
Instructor: Dr. Ken Gavel
Course description not yet available.
Sociology Tuesday, 6-10pm EST Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16
Instructor: Dr. Mildred Williams
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.
Wesleyan History & Discipline Thursday, 6-10pm EST Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Rev. Tony Casey
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.
Pastoral Counselling Saturday, 9am-1pm EST Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13
Instructor: Dr. Allen Lee
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.
Doctrine of Holiness Monday, 6-10pm EST Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17
Instructor: Dr. Steve Dunmire
This course will provide a systematic study of The Wesleyan Church’s theology of holiness, including the doctrines of humanity, sin, and salvation from a biblical, historical and practical perspective. Special attention will be given to The Wesleyan Church’s doctrine of entire sanctification.
Psychology Tuesday, 6-10pm EST Nov. 6, 13, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Dr. Allen Lee
This course is a study of the subject matter and methods of psychology as a science. The student will study human development and the physiological basis for behaviour, personality, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, adjustment for mental health, abnormal behaviour, and social psychology. Such a study will provide the basis for a better understanding of one's own behaviour and that of others.
Church Leadership & Management Thursday, 6-10pm EST Nov. 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
Instructor: Rev. Curtis Thompson
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.
General Church History Saturday, 9am-1pm EST Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 1, 8, 15
Instructor: Dr. Janet Starks
Students will examine the history of Christian institutions and thought from the New Testament era to the modern period, identifying the significant features and contributions of the major traditions of Christendom and relating them to our overall understanding of the kingdom of God on earth. Emphasis will be given to the major shifts in theological beliefs and their practical effect on pastoral ministry today.
Expository Preaching Monday, 6-10pm EST Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25
This course focuses primarily on helping students acquire the skills and resources needed to discover the meaning of biblical texts and to then convey that meaning through the dynamic and passionate preaching of expository and narrative sermons.
Global & Intercultural Ministries Tuesday, 6-10pm EST Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12
This course is an introduction to local/global intercultural ministries in the Wesleyan tradition with an emphasis on how knowledge of unconscious bias and developing cultural intelligence can improve ministry effectiveness.
Old Testament Introduction Thursday, 6-10pm EST Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14
This course will provide an overview of the entire Old Testament, including the sections of: Pentateuch, History, Prophets, Wisdom Literature and Apocalyptic. Students will be introduced to rudimentary techniques of interpretation (hermeneutics) and become acquainted with the complex literary history of the Old Testament, as well as some of the historical, sociological and philosophical/theological concerns of the time period.
Worship Saturday, 9am-1pm EST Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9
Students will study and develop the biblical and theological principles that form the foundation for authentic corporate Christian worship while acknowledging the invitations and challenges our current culture poses to the Church. In doing so, the course will develop an understanding of the depth of Christian liturgy while also encouraging students to formulate a personal philosophy of Christian worship necessary to lead the church of tomorrow in ways that are both contextual, and rooted in our heritage.
Philosophy & Ethics Monday, 6-10pm EST March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8
This course will introduce students to major thinkers and trends in Western philosophy. The bulk of the course will explore the relationship between the Platonic tradition (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and Neoplatonists) and Christian theology. Some attention will be given to developments in modern and contemporary philosophy.
Introduction to Homiletics Thursday, 6-10pm EST March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11
Introduction to Homiletics covers the basics of sermon construction and delivery. It is a practical introduction to the tools, structures, and concepts of the preaching task. This course explores the fundamentals of preaching and is designed to allow the student to begin to discover his or her own personal style within a broad Wesleyan theological context.
Spiritual Formation Saturday, 9am-1pm EST March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6
This course is designed for the personal and spiritual growth of the minister. It explores the biblical and historical foundations of the spiritual life, as well as methodologies and resources for developing Christian spirituality in the lives of others in cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit. This course will enhance the student's ability to see the relationship between spirituality and ministry, discover principles for the enrichment of their own spirituality, and help Christian disciples grow in their relationship with Christ.
Evangelism/Church Health Monday, 6-10pm EST May 6, 13; June 3, 10, 17, 24
This course seeks to introduce learners to the foundational theories of evangelism and church health from a biblical, historical, and contemporary perspective.
Introduction to Theology Tuesday, 6-10pm EST May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11
This course surveys the general field of Christian theology and is a study in basic beliefs and why we believe as we do.
Pastoral Ministries Thursday, 6-10pm EST May 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13
This course will prepare students to serve as a pastor in the North American ministry context. Students will investigate resources that will allow them to develop their own philosophy of ministry and practical theology. Special attention will be given to the soul care of the congregation and the pastor.
Advanced Theology Saturday, 9am-1pm EST May 4, 11; June 1, 8, 15, 22
This course seeks to introduce learners to specific aspects of theology that are specific to Wesleyans and Calvinists. This course will take a limited look at Feminist Theology, Liberation Theology, and Classical Liberal Theology. It further seeks to introduce learners to understand theology on a continuum and the tasks involved in becoming a “theologian.”
To me Flame is an amazing opportunity to connect with, encourage, and challenge others who are pursing Christ in ministry. Iron sharpening iron.
Flame is awesome! Great atmosphere and good teaching.