Heritage Theological Seminary Announces the New Master of Theological Studies – Online

Heritage Theological Seminary is excited to announce the Master of Theological Studies – Online degree. Be equipped for life and ministry from wherever you currently live and serve.

With many followers of Christ continuing to serve faithfully in fruitful ministries across the province, country, and beyond, the opportunity to pursue a Master of Theological Studies degree can be a challenge and commuting to campus or relocating closer to the seminary may not be viable options.

As a result, Heritage is introducing a flexible, fully online degree program that will offer students the opportunity to receive ministry training and earn a master’s degree from the place God has them living and serving him.

“The Master of Theological Studies – Online allows Heritage to make high-quality theological training and ministry preparation available across Canada and around the world,” says Dr. Rick Reed, President of Heritage College & Seminary.

Heritage’s MTS Online is:

  • Comprehensive: a robust biblical and theological program that equips you for life and ministry
  • Christ-Centred: learn from pastor-scholars whose lives and teaching revolve around the gospel
  • Interactive: an online study environment where you will engage with professors and other students
  • Flexible: study full-time or part-time, fully online or partially on-campus; shape your degree as your ministry situation allows

“The MTS Online is not meant to replace our on-campus residential degrees. In fact, online students are allowed and even encouraged to come to campus for courses as they are able,” explains Dr. Ian Vaillancourt, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary and Heritage’s Director of Distance Learning. “However, since many people are unable to relocate for Seminary, the MTS Online exists to equip them to know God and make him known, as they stay in their current context. It is exciting to be able to serve God’s people from coast to coast with this new degree.”

Registration is now open for the Master of Theological Studies – Online program at Heritage Theological Seminary. To begin your application, visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Apply.

Or, for more information on the program, please contact Heritage’s Admissions team at admissions@heritagecs.edu.

A Graduation Day Message from Heritage College & Seminary

“God has invested much in you, now he wants to do much through you.”

Today, students would have been celebrating together with friends and family for Graduation Day. Though we have had to postpone our ceremony, we still want to celebrate the hard work of our students and graduates at the end of the academic year.

Watch and hear encouraging messages from President Dr. Rick Reed, Vice President of Academics and Academic Dean of the College Dr. J. Stephen Yuille, and Academic Dean of the Seminary Dr. Barry Howson.

Relationships Filled with Hope and Light

It’s amazing what God can do in the lives of people over playing a game of Uno or doing a puzzle with someone. For many of the men and women who come to Nightlight in Cambridge on a regular basis, these are more than simply fun ways to pass the time on an evening. For many, it is their one chance to find the joy of community and know that they are truly loved.

Students from Heritage College had the opportunity to become part of this community and share the love of Christ through their words and presence by serving on a regular basis at Nightlight.

For Emma Burns, a Bachelor of Religious Education student at Heritage, each night at Nightlight was an example of how we as Christians can show others they are loved by both presenting the truth of the gospel and being a caring, consistent presence.

“Nightlight was a perfect opportunity to simply spend time with people who are looking for relationships and showing them that there are people out there who do care for them,” says Burns. “We were there consistently because we care, and we wanted to show them the love that we experience every day.”

Nightlight is a ministry that operates a number of drop-in centres like the one in Cambridge, located in downtown Galt. The goal of the ministry is to provide safe places for the many people who live in the margins to find meaningful friendships and care.

Burns explains that by heading to Nightlight on a consistent basis, joining in on different games, students were able to build relationships with different people. It was in and through doing this each week that she says people began to open up to them about their lives, giving students the chance to do the same.

And often these discussions led to the students getting the chance to talk about the impact Christ has made in their daily lives, leading to hope-filled talks with those who came to the drop-in centre.

She recalls a conversation she had with one person about quitting smoking. Burns says that she had the chance to share with this person about her own journey, and how Christ has helped her in her own life which the person was open to hear about. One of the next times they saw each other, the person told her that they had quit smoking.

For her and the other students, serving at Nightlight has been a learning experience personally as they grew not just from stepping out and being open about sharing their faith, but they also learned the value of gratefulness and hope from the people that they met each night.

“People are hurting and broken and a lot of the time these people are looked down upon so much, yet they are the people I have found to be the most hopeful and open,” says Burns. “Serving at Nightlight has taught me to be more grateful for what I have, and more open to talk to anyone and everyone who will listen.”

As many of the students look ahead to the next academic year, the ones that served at Nightlight are especially looking forward to heading back to the drop-in centre to see their friends, build new relationships, and continue to share the hope of Christ.

For Burns, she’s excited for the opportunity to continue serving at Nightlight. She says she is excited to continue stepping out in faith and being challenged to be a Christian known by her love. Through her work at Nightlight, she explains that she has seen the importance of sharing the joy of the gospel and encourages others to do the same after seeing firsthand how much people want to hear this good news.

“People are willing to change, willing to listen the truth that Scripture brings,” says Burns. “I would encourage people to accept the journey that is sharing the gospel with others because there are people who want to hear it.”

Friendships with Lasting Impact

From very special to crazy, insane to indescribable – each of the members of this Impact Group at Heritage College & Seminary had different words to describe the group of friends that was formed this year. But, one thing is for certain, this group of College students that was formed at the beginning of the year has now become more than friends.

“Our Impact Group is very tight,” explains MacKenzie Franche, a first-year Bachelor of Religious Education student at Heritage. “At the beginning of the year, there were smaller friendships within the group, but, soon enough, we were just one big happy family.”

Each year, College students at Heritage join together into Impact Groups. Every Monday evening, these groups will get together to study the Bible and pray together throughout the year, while also encouraging and supporting one another in their studies. For many of the students – those who live in residence and those who choose to be a part of an Impact Group who live off campus – these groups are an important part of community life at Heritage.

“I love that Impact Groups are so much more than one hour on Monday night,” says Miranda King, a Bachelor of Religious Education student at Heritage. “It’s doing homework together, going to class or the caf or Chapel together, being together crazy late at night, life chats together – doing life, together.”

It is this mutual encouragement and support as friends that many in this Impact Group have found a blessing this year as they lived life at Heritage together. It is a community that they continue to hold close even from their homes during this time.

Since classes have moved online, the friends have continued to stay connected and meet regularly online in order to be there for one another as they all work hard to finish their courses online.

From regular meetings online for prayer and encouragement to connecting with one another by text and social media, these friends felt that it was important to continue to meet as an Impact Group.

“In a time when we are isolated, it is so important to be reminded that you have a community that loves and supports you even when we’re not together,” says Kate Foster, a SERVE.experience student who joined this Impact Group as an off-campus student.

As they continue to study at Heritage, the group agrees that it’s been helpful to have the motivation from each other to complete their courses, while also reminding each other to be faithful in devotions at home.

For Foster, these times are a reminder of the true value of Impact Groups at Heritage.

“Most people think Impact is just studying the Bible together – and yes, we do that. But it’s so much more than that,” says Foster. “You do it with the people you live in community with; it’s like a built-in group of people who will spur you on throughout the year.”

Impact Groups not only provide all students involved with this sense of community that lasts throughout their time at Heritage, but also help to connect students with mutual support and prayer throughout that time. Though this is something that happens over the course of one year, the members of this group would say that the relationships made in these Impact Groups can – and will – last well beyond the last day of the semester.

“It’s experiences like these that show just how impactful our friendships are – that they will continue even after school ends,” says Myriam Alexanian, Bachelor of Religious Education – Intercultural Studies student at Heritage. “They will last for life.”

Sharing the Gospel One Door at a Time

It started with the desire to do more to share the gospel.

This year, a group of college students at Heritage felt a strong conviction that they needed to be reaching the neighbourhoods that surround the college and seminary with the good news of Jesus. Out of this burden came the idea of going into the community of Hespeler to share the gospel – one door at a time.

Isaiah Bennett was one of the students who helped coordinate the student-led, weekly door-to-door evangelism efforts that started in the Fall. He explains that the hope behind this group was to find a simple way to engage students on mission in the community and share the truth and hope of Christ while studying at Heritage.

“Sometimes we try to overcomplicate things on how we’re going to reach our community, but by simply knocking on doors we thought this would allow us to interact with a lot of people in a short span of time in hopes of engaging in gospel centred conversations,” says Bennett. “Ultimately, we felt that the gospel is good news and has the power to bring salvation (Rom. 1:16), and because of that truth we can go out in confidence expecting God to do big things.”

In preparation for heading out into the community, students took part in a special training session held during Heritage’s Local Outreach Week in the Fall led by a visiting pastor. There the students learned a simple script and gospel presentation tool that was being effectively used at the pastor’s church when they started their own door-to-door ministry in their area.

With the tools in hand, Bennett says that the students got ready to serve by reading through Luke 10 together, which led them to be further compelled by Jesus’ call to send his disciples into the harvest fields. After reading Jesus say in Luke 10:2, “The Harvest is plentiful”, he says that the group had the confidence to start knocking on doors; trusting God’s work in their sharing of the gospel with the people they met.

“We believed in our hearts that God had prepared many people to receive the good news of Jesus Christ, but they just needed someone to share the gospel with them and that we would be those people,” says Bennett.

Though Bennett says that he and the other students were nervous to begin knocking on doors, he said that it was an opportunity to walk in faith trusting in what God would do through their efforts. Over time, the more conversations the students had with people, the more he says they saw God literally open more doors to spiritual conversations and give opportunities to pray with people and share Jesus with them.

After each and every weekly trip into the community, he remembers the students returning with great joy after seeing how God had worked in and through these doorway discussions.  Students would share stories of how God led many people to open up about their needs and brokenness, allowed students to pray for them at their doors, and helped people feel open to hear about the hope of Christ.

Bennett says that the highlight of the year was when one person they met turned from their sins and trusted in Christ at their front door.

“We all started to have a deeper hunger to share the gospel with people and a desire to see people trust in Christ that kept us going throughout the year even when we would have discouraging weeks,” says Bennett. “We may never see any of the results from the ministry, but we trust that there were many seeds planted and God will continue to grow some of those seeds.”