Service and Experiential Learning
While at Briercrest, you have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience with Service and Experiential Learning (SEL). This gives students a tangible way to link classroom learning with practical experience serving in the Church and community. More importantly, it is an opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus, following his example of servant leadership.
SEL also helps you:
- Discover gifts and passions that God has given you
- Discover areas and tasks that interest and disinterest you (helpful for narrowing down future areas of ministry or employment)
- Connect with people beyond the Briercrest sphere
- Wrestle with the application of theory (i.e. This is what we read, write, and discuss, while facing real-world challenges)
- Develop skills such as interpersonal, hands-on, etc.
- Grow spiritually as you learn to ask and trust God to use you in the SEL opportunity
- Practice obedience to serve in love and humility even when it is inconvenient, frustrating, or intimidating
Complete and submit the SEL Form (pdf) in order to have the units applied to your program requirements.
Roles and Responsibilities
It is important to note that it will be your responsibility to take the initiative to connect with the church and/or organization that you would like to be involved in. Our hope is that this practice will help to develop skills and confidence in you that will encourage and equip you to seek out opportunities to serve beyond your time at Briercrest. But rest assured, you are not alone. The SEL office is here to support you, provide a listing of possible opportunities, and help to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Also, take note that you will need to complete and submit SEL Forms in order to receive the SEL units required for graduation. But don’t worry about this until you are on campus.
Please contact SEL@briercrest.ca if you have any questions about SEL.
If you are on campus, stop by for a visit! The SEL office is located in the Student Success Centre in our Academic Building.
To access the Application Form for SEL units and for more information about possible ministry opportunities and answers to FAQs, please visit our student portal.