BACHELOR OF ARTS:

PASTORAL MINISTRY

God has chosen to do His work through the local church. The major in Pastoral Ministry is designed for the student who is called to local church ministry and leadership. A student who has completed the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as pastor of a local church and the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the Pastoral Ministry curriculum will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.

3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.

4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.

5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.

6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.

7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Understand their personal call into ministry, and explain the biblical purpose of the local church and the role of the pastor within the local church.

2. Use lessons from church history and current methods of pastoral ministry to develop a sound philosophy of local church ministry.

3. Develop an understanding of how one discerns God’s vision for the future for a local congregation, how that vision is communicated, and how to mobilize the congregation for implementing activities by which the vision may be realized.

4. Accurately interpret scripture, using sound methodology and a familiarity with New Testament Greek.

5. Craft and deliver sermons which help listeners apply biblical principles to the problems and possibilities they face in the twenty‑first century.

6. Conduct specialized worship ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms and communion.

7. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies



PASTORAL MINISTRY Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [83 hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours

BI205

Bible Study Methods

3 hours

NT102

New Testament Survey

3 hours

OT101

Old Testament Survey

3 hours

TH302

Doctrine of Holiness

2 hours

TH308

Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life & Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT346 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours

CM104

Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour

CM107

Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours

MI2083

Intercultural Ministry

3 hours

SL101

Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology:

20 hours

BI206

Hermeneutics

3 hours

NT 313

New Testament Greek III

3 hours

NT 314

New Testament Greek IV

3 hours

TH304

Apologetics

2 hours

TH 341

Systematic Theology I

3 hours

TH 342

Systematic Theology II

3 hours

3 hours chosen from NT or OT electives

3 hours

Professional Ministry Courses

36 hours

CM223

Biblical and Historical Models of Ministry

3 hours

CM305

Ministry Leadership

3 hours

CM306

Ministry Management

3 hours

HI446

Church History

3 hours

PM226

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

3 hours

PM313

Homiletics I

3 hours

PM314

Homiletics II

2 hours

PM409

Pastoral Ministry Practicum

3 hours

PM412

Counseling for Christian Leaders

3 hours

PM423

Church Growth and Development

3 hours

PM442

Ministry Seminar: Initial Priorities

1 hour

PY242

Interpersonal Relationships

3 hours

SL202

Spiritual Formation II

3 hours

II. Division of General Studies [45 hours]

Division Core

Communications:

12 hours

IT 101/02

Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours

EN101

College Writing

3 hours

EN202

Research and Writing

3 hours

SP201/02

Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours

Humanities:

6 hours

PH205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours

EN109

Personal Effectiveness

1 hour

PY103

General Psychology

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS201 Western Civilization I (3 hours)

SS213 American History I (3 hours)

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Any Science Elective

Additional General Studies Requirements:

14 hours

Any General Education Elective

1 hour

LA223

Using NT Greek I

2 hours

LA224

Using NT Greek II

2 hours

PY204

Marriage and Family

3 hours

3 hours chosen from literature (LI) courses

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MI223 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

PY322 Social Psychology (3 hours)

SS202 Western Civilization II (3 hours)

SS214 American History II (3 hours)

128 hours total