Academic Departments

Courses in Pastoral Ministries

  • PM100 Basics in Biblical Communication
    - (3 hours)
  • PM101 Spiritual Life
    A study of the biblical principles that govern true Christian character and service, with emphasis on the sufficiency of the divine provisions and the heart conditions necessary for holy living and spiritual power in ministry. (2 hours)
  • PM102 Evangelism
    A study of the methods of personal and group evangelism, with emphases on equipping laypersons to evangelize, the use of church and parachurch structures in evangelism, the care of new converts and discipleship, and the use of apologetics as well as current issues in evangelism (2 hours)
  • PM103 Expository Preaching I
    An introduction to basic expository preaching theory and skills, emphasizing the preparation and delivery of a textually derived proposition with accuracy, interest, clarity, and relevance. Students preach twice and receive evaluation from fellow students and the professor. Prerequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (3 hours)
  • PM104 Expository Preaching II
    Instruction in narrative preaching, with attention to theological development, sermon structure, oral clarity, the public reading of Scriptures, and long-term sermon development. Students preach twice and receive evaluation from fellow students and the professor. Prerequisites:PM103 Expository Preaching I. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (3 hours)
  • PM201 Expository Preaching III
    Instruction in preaching topical and media-assisted expository sermons. Students preach three times and write a research paper. Required of all students in the Homiletics emphasis. Prerequisite: PM104 Expository Preaching II. Enrollment limited to 14 students. (3 hours)
  • PM202 Expository Preaching IV
    Instruction in preaching the Psalms and Old Testament prophetic passages. Students preach three times, including a 'portfolio sermon,� and develop a preaching calendar. Required of all students in the Homiletics emphasis. Prerequisite: PM104 Expository Preaching II and completion of OT103 Hebrew Exegesis I. Enrollment limited to 14 students. (3 hours)
  • PM231 Preaching OT Narrative
    Preparing for and preaching narratives of the Old Testament with emphasis on backgrounds, forms, literary technique, theology, and homiletics. Prerequisites: PM103 Expository Preaching I and OT103 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis. Enrollment limited to 14 students. (3 hours)
  • PM232 Preaching the Gospels
    Preparing for and preaching the Gospels emphasizing backgrounds, forms, Synoptic parallels, literary technique, theology, and homiletics. Prerequisite: PM103 Expository Preaching I and NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis. Enrollment limited to 14 students. (3 hours)
  • PM291 Teaching Homiletics: (by Independent Study)
    A practicum in the teaching of homiletics. Students practice teaching basic communication principles, guide the homiletic process, evaluate messages, and provide constructive feedback under the professor's supervision. Prerequisite: PM103 Expository Preaching I. Enrollment limited to 6 students. (2 hours)
  • PM301 Pastoral Theol & Leadership I
    A study of the theology and leadership of the church, with attention given to the leader's personal development and the core concepts for 'building Christ's church� such as the church's leadership, values, mission, vision, and strategy, including community, disciple-making, teaming, and finances (3 hours)
  • PM302 Pastoral Theol & Leadership II
    Skill development in the preparation and leadership of corporate worship experiences and pastoral care. The student will survey biblical and historical models, explore the nature, significance and use of music, the ordinances, and other pastoral duties. The student will also lead experiences of worship and pastoral care in the class. (3 hours)
  • PM341 Church Planting I
    This course defines church planting, assesses potential church planters, and takes students through the first stage (conception stage) of church planting, including preparation, personnel, and church-planting principles. Students will team together to develop an actual or potential church plant for North America or abroad. Recommended prerequisites: PM301 Leading and Managing the Church and PM302 Leading the Church in Effective Ministry. (3 hours)
  • PM342 Church Planting II
    A study of the remaining five stages of the church-planting process: development, birth, growth, maturity, and reproduction. Students will team together to design a leadership development program for a new church in North America or abroad. Prerequisite: PM341 Church Planting I. (3 hours)
  • PM351 Role of Women in Ministry
    A study of biblical foundations for roles of women in the church. The course is designed to aid both men and women who will be responsible for various areas of ministry. May also be credited in the Department of Christian Education. (3 hours)
  • PM360 Preparation for Ordination
    (2 hours)
  • PM361 Bioethics & Pastoral Care
    (2 hours)
  • PM701 A Christian View of Art
    How does a Christian evaluate art? What is beauty? These questions and others are answered in this study of biblical exegetical foundations of art, development of Judeo-Christian theologies of art, and biblical-philosophical analyses of artistic expression, with emphasis on the visual arts. (3 hours)
  • PM711 Creative Audio Production for Ministry
    A hands-on course designed to equip students in the craft of audio production with an emphasis on creativity in scripting, sound production, and vocal performance. Formats will include children's audio theater, evangelistic spots, radio drama, fiction and non-fiction audio book production. Enrollment limited to 15 students. (3 hours)
  • PM721 Creative Writing in Ministry
    A study of the principles and techniques of effective writing, designed to prepare students for writing in the Christian field. Students will write and read their own material in class as well as edit and critique the writing of their fellow students. Enrollment limited to 15 students. (3 hours)
  • PM722 Advanced Creative Writing
    A course in which the student applies the techniques from PM721 Creative Writing in Ministry to a particular creative writing project. Each student selects and develops one form from a variety of media (e.g., play, article, short story, teleplay, film script, first-person narrative sermon, novel, audiovisual script, radio drama) and adapts the style and message to the unique character of the chosen medium. Prerequisite: PM721 Creative Writing in Ministry. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (3 hours)
  • PM725 Publishing Layout/Design for Min
    A study of the principles and mechanics of aesthetic print and of Web design andcomposition to produce finished projects for ministry settings. (3 hours)
  • PM731 Video Production for Ministry
    A course designed to equip students to shoot and edit digital video with an emphasis on ministry application (i.e., reports, documentaries, creative programming, promotions, and video letters). Students will learn digital, nonlinear editing software in the classroom. Digital video cameras will be provided. Enrollment limited to 18 students. May also be credited in the Department of Christian Education. (3 hours)
  • PM741 Introduction to Hymnology: (by Independent Study)
    A study of the historical and systematic development of the songs of the church from the earliest biblical records to contemporary praise music. An introduction to a variety of formats, styles, and materials will be included along with experiences in personal creativity in crafting worship opportunities. (2 hours)
  • PM743 Seminar in Worship Arts
    Principles and practices to equip students for diversity of artistic expression in corporate worship. The course includes interdisciplinary projects and seminars to develop vision for restoring and renewing the culture of the world and the church. (2 hours)
  • PM752 Rdg Scripture to Change Lives
    The principles and practice of individual and group reading (Readers Theatre) of the Bible in public worship services as a means of communicating the Word of God. Enrollment limited to 15 students. (3 hours)
  • PM753 Dramatizing Scripture
    A course designed to improve students' vocal and physical delivery through dramatic presentations of Scripture. The course emphasizes character and scene analysis, blocking, acting theory, and presentation. Enrollment limited to 15 students during the fall and spring, and 10 students in the summer. (3 hours)