Personal and Spiritual Formation

Course number: DEPS2101 • Credit hours: 3 hrs


Distance Education Course: Explore and develop personal and spiritual formation patterns for a rich and vibrant interior life as a disciple of Christ.

Course Description: A rich and vibrant interior life as a disciple of Christ is at the core of what makes one a Christian leader and effective minister. The spiritual disciplines are important keys to fostering spiritual growth. They are not magical formulas but are merely vehicles to drawing closer to God and allowing Him to shape us. Incorporating the spiritual disciplines as a means to greater intimacy with God holds enormous long-term potential to impact one’s life and ministry.

Course Textbook:
Celebration of Discipline:
 The Path to Spiritual Growth. Richard J. Foster. ISBN:0060628391
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. NY:  Harper One.  ISBN:9780060608521

    Instructor:  Robert Bedard

Biography:   Rob and Lorinda Bedard are the extremely proud parents of two great sons, Cameron and Stephen.

In 1989, Rob’s ministry began in Ontario where he youth pastored in Christian Life Assembly (Thornhill), Mississauga Gospel Temple (now Portico), and Parkwood Gospel Temple (Windsor).  Moving to Selkirk, Manitoba, Rob led his first church, Bethel Chapel.  After serving as Assistant Pastor (Adult Ministries) in Terrace Pentecostal Assembly (Terrace, BC), Rob returned to Manitoba where he served as District Ministry Director in the Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario District Office of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.  For nine years Rob served as Lead Pastor of Bethel Tabernacle, Ladysmith, before accepting the call to serve as a Leadership Development Pastor at Beulah Alliance Church, Edmonton, Alberta, where Rob spends his days coaching and training both teams and individual leaders.

Rob is also the founder of The Leadership Institute, offering leadership training workshops to churches and organizations.  Whether Rob is teaching in Canada or abroad; whether he is teaching in ministry training schools, secular universities or churches; or whether Rob is teaching higher education courses or leadership training workshops, Rob’s passion for Jesus, His Word and His Kingdom are best expressed when he teaches and mentors tomorrow’s ministers.

Education: B.Th. in Pastoral Theology, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master’s College & Seminary), Peterborough, ON; M.A. in Leadership & Training, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC; D.Th in Practical Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.