Practicum 8: Law

Course number: DEPS4204 • Credit hours: 1.5 hrs


Distance Education Course: Evangelical Christian churches require awareness of legal issues in a complex society.

Course Description: The myriad of legal issues today require the Evangelical Christian to possess an awareness of the implications of decisions in the local church or para-church ministry. While this course is not designed to make “ministers into lawyers” it will afford the student insights into key issues such as:
– land title transactions
– wills and estates
– divorce and remarriage
– confidentiality
– charitable status of churches and para-church organizations

While this course is developed from a Canadian context, IBOLT will adapt it to the student’s nation of residence.


    Instructor:  Burton Janes

Biography: Burton K. Janes lives in Newfoundland where he is the Managing Editor of Good Tidings, the official publication of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland & Labrador, & Archivist with the denomination. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Bay Roberts with their children, Krista & Christopher, & their border collie, Madisyn.

On a hot day, Burton enjoys an ice cold glass of water.

Memorial University, St. John’s, NL (B.A., Religious Studies, 1977; minor, Philosophy)
Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Peterborough, ON (Dip.Th., 1979)
Memorial University (M.A., History, 1991)