The purpose of the Department of Pastoral Ministries is to prepare biblically centered, Spirit-empowered servants with pastoral hearts and skills to reach God’s world, preach God’s word, and lead God’s church, in order to conform all people to Christ.
In light of the need for pastoral hearts and skills in a wide range of church and parachurch ministries, the Department of Pastoral Ministries invites all students to participate in its courses, regardless of academic program, ministry emphasis, or vocational aspiration. Courses in this department are designed to help students employ theology in a variety of Christian ministries.
- Preaching Courses—help students interpret and communicate the Bible for the purpose of transformation, whether in a worship service, at a Bible study, or around the camp fire.
- Pastoral Theology Courses—help students employ theology in leading the church from inception (evangelism and church planting) to expression (worship and oversight).
- Critical Issues Courses—help students respond theologically to contemporary issues like bioethics and spiritual formation.
The pastoral ministry professors not only have a heart for training pastoral leaders, they each bring a balance of rigorous academic training and hands-on experience in preaching, serving, and leadership in ministry contexts.