Meeting the Messiah: Reading the Gospel of Mark

An Open Enrolment Course

Wednesday evenings, November 1st to 29th, 2023, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Gospel of Mark, sometimes called the “action movie gospel” due to its fast pace and direct style, was written for Christian believers living in a tumultuous world. The Roman army was oppressing the people of Palestine, Christians were being persecuted, new people were claiming divine authority to lead, and many people were confused about how to find their way in a changing society. This course will introduce students to the background, key themes, and message of the Gospel of Mark, and will help you think about what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ in our own changing world. Themes include: understanding Jesus and his significance, the “political Jesus,” the use of parables and miracles, a resurrection story like no other, and much else.

This course was offered once before in the fall of 2020.


Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink is principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College and the author of several books about Christian faith in the 21st century, including A Faith for the Future.

Learn together!

We want to encourage people to learn together. You can join this course as an individual, but we also encourage you to gather with a friend or group in a parish hall, living room, or over Zoom to participate in and to discuss the class afterwards using the resources we provide. Whether you have three people or a dozen people gathered together, register as a group and the cost is the same. Group leaders will be given a Zoom link which they can distribute to their group members.


Regular: $90/person, $200/group

Friends of the College: 75$/person, $165/group

There will be a $25 late fee for anyone who registers after October 27th, 2023.


514-849-3004 Ext. 221
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About Open Enrolment

Our open enrolment courses, workshops, and events equip students for life in a changing church. These courses are aimed at anyone who is interested in deepening their Christian faith and knowledge, and cultivating leadership skills in the church. There is no homework or written assignments. All you need is a desire to learn and a willingness to participate. To see our full list of open enrolment course offerings, follow the link: