One of the requirements of CBOQ’s accreditation and ordination process is the completion of McMaster Divinity College’s Baptist History and Polity course.

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This course is taught by Dr. Gord Heath, Professor of Christian History and the Director of the Canadian Baptist Archives, and is offered once per year in our Fall term (Sep-Dec) in an online/asynchronous format. Get a head start on the ordination process by registering to take this course this coming Fall!

Read more about this course below and how to register.

About the Course

Baptists are one of the world’s largest Protestant denominations, numbering close to 100,000,000 adherents. This course is an introduction to the history, doctrine, organization, and style of Baptist congregational life and mission. It begins with the birth of the movement in the early 1600s in England, and continues to the present-day development of a global multi-ethnic movement. Special attention will be given to the development of Canadian Baptist churches, and cultural engagement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. 

To Register

To register for this course, or for more information, contact our Admissions Team at or by one of the option in the sidebar.