The classroom is a tool for growth which helps students grow deeper in their knowledge of scripture and their understanding of who God is. Classroom learning is about building a stronger foundation and investing in a relationship with Jesus Christ by getting to know him better. Students are encouraged to step out of the classroom and to put into practice the things they are learning as they engage the world around them.

Course Topics

The Story of God Part 1

This course will be an introduction to the Old Testament and the first People of God.  The students will be drawn into the story, identify with their struggles and come better to understand the link between Old Testament and New (Moses and Jesus, The Prophets and Jesus, Israel and the Church).  Most importantly, the students will be able to make the connection between God's work throughout all times and the response of His people (the church) in our own day.

The Story of God Part 2

This course will explore the second half of the whole story of God: the New Testament.  Starting with the intertestamental period, students will continue the journey through the story of scripture seeing how each smaller story connects with one another, how it connects with the greater story of God, and how each students is a part of that story in the present day.

Discipleship Module

If you have been a Christian for even a little bit, you are probably aware of the Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28. And for good reason, it’s the rallying cry of Jesus, first to the Apostles and then to every succeeding generation of the Church, to get the Gospel to all nations of the world. This has been our commission for nearly 2000 years and Jesus promised to be with us always, to the very end of the age if we obey it.  Unfortunately, when we look at the Church in North America, she seems to be doing a great job making learners about Jesus and the Bible, but she is really having a hard time training every disciple to know how to make disciples who know how to make disciples. There are four reasons for this; todays believer doesn’t know WHY they should make disciples, WHO they would make disciples of, WHAT to do with a disciple if they had one, or WHEN they would make time for making disciples. This course tackles all of these and will both inspire and equip the student to begin obeying the Great Commission of Jesus.


Learning the evidence and support of Christianity. Christianity is a reasonable faith. Apologetics teaches on the proof and reason for what followers of Christ believe.

A Life of Worship

A life of worship is one that "wakes up to God's love" in day to day life and then responds with faith, gratitude and obedience.  In this course, the students will come to see that all the stuff of life can draw them into worship as they grow their capacity to be aware of God's presence.

Genesis 1 - 11

Dinosaurs.  Fossils.  Evolution.  Millions of Years.  Noah's Flood.  Tower of Babel.  These are all hot topics.  How are these to be understood in light of Scripture?  What about in light of science?  This course will look at these and other origin topics in light of the first eleven chapters of Genesis.  The students will learn how our faith affects how we perceive and interpret evidence.

Skills for Effective Ministry

This course will explore practical skills, good practices and ethical principles that help in ministering to others effectively. 

The Gospel for Real Life

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most powerful, most important, and best news that the world has ever heard - and will ever hear.  Therefore, nothing could be more worthy of serious study than the Gospel.  Using the Bible as our primary and most authoritative book, we will seek in this course to understand on a deeper level what the Gospel is and how it applies to every area of real life.

Youth Culture

This course is an examination of Canadian millennial youth culture trends.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the marginalization of young people and prolonged nature of emerging adulthood in advanced industrial late modern societies in part linked to youth identity being defined increasingly in consumer rather than producer terms.  An integral part of the course will be to connect with a theological exploration of the strategic role that faith communities can play in the twenty first century and corresponding strategies for youth and church who wish to follow Jesus during this restless, secular era.

The Christian Life

This course will dig deeper into issues and practices of a Christian disciple. This course will look more deeply into personal choices. Students will look into areas such as marriage/sexuality, finances, social relationships, spiritual choices, and personal habits. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their beliefs, personal habits, actions, and choices.

Professor Line-up

Our professors teach on a modular basis. Our profs come from all across Canada to invest in and teach our students. We are so blessed by the amazing wisdom and knowledge that our Professors and teachers bring to the table. Our professors and teachers all have a heart to impact and equip young adults as they grow in their identity as WHOLE and HOLY Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Here is a taste of some of the amazing people who have impacted the lives of our students here at THRIVE through teaching:

Ken Esau, Doug Berg, Josh Wallace, Allan Friesen, Leanne Schellenberg, Mike Gordon, Patrick Franklin, Vance Nelson, Ken Wiebe, Jason Duermeyer, Aurelie Sondermann, Mike Newson, Boyd Hopkins, James Penner, Doug Berg and more!