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Pastoral Ministries

 

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.
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Phone
214-887-5330
Email
tjendel@dts.edu
Location
Todd – 3rd Fl
Hours
8am-4:30pm
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PM100 Basics in Biblical Communication
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.
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
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.
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.
PM105 Christian Life and Witness
A study of biblical principles and practices that govern true Christian life, from its inception to its destiny, with emphasis on the Mission of God, the sufficiency of divine provisions, and the heart condition necessary for conversion, holy living, and evangelism.
PM202 Advanced Expository Preaching
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. Prerequisites: PM104 Expository Preaching II and OT103 Hebrew Exegesis. Enrollment limited to 14 students.
PM210 Homiletic Theory and Practice
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.
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.
PM252 Topical Expository Preaching
Instruction in preaching topical expository sermons. Students preach three topical expository sermons and write a research paper. Prerequisite: PM104 Expository Preaching II. Enrollment limited to 14 students.
PM260 Preaching and Theology of Genesis 1-11
Preparing for and preaching Genesis 1–11, emphasizing pericopal theology and application; and researching and presenting stances on the key theological/worldview issues in this first major section of Scripture. Prerequisites: PM104 Expository Preaching II; OT101 and OT102. Enrollment limited to 12 students.
PM291 Teaching Homiletics
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.
PM292 Capstone Preaching
This course challenges ThM students to prepare independently and deliver a portfolio-quality sermon that demonstrates their ability to apply exegetical, theological, and homiletical skills learned throughout their education. Required of ThM students in the last 30 credit hours of program completion. Prerequisite: PM104 Expository Preaching II.
PM301 Pastoral Theology and LeadershipI
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
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.
PM302 Worship and Pastoral Care
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.
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.
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.
PM360 Preparation for Ordination
Orientation and preparation for the student’s ordination or commissioning to vocational Christian ministry within the local church and its extensions of ministry. Open to students in all programs and ministry emphases. (ThM students are strongly encouraged to elect a third hour of academic credit by preaching in class a sermon suitable for an ordination service and which will be evaluated according to the homiletic standards taught in the department’s preaching courses.)
PM361 Bioethics and Pastoral Care
A study of pastoral ethics, counseling, and ministry in the current health-care environment, including issues created by research strategies, reproductive technologies, eugenics, end-of- life decisions, and directions in public policy. May also be credited in the Department of Theological Studies or the Department of Biblical Counseling.
PM405 Advanced Evangelism: Theology, Apologetics, & Gospel Presentation
The course engages students in the theological framework, apologetics issues, and evangelistic presentation (sermon, talk etc.) effective in reaching pre-Christians through personal and proclamation evangelism. Prereq. PM105 or PM102. 3 hours.
PM510 Spiritual Formation in Historical Perspective
A study in the history of Christian spiritual formation from the patristic era through its contemporary evangelical expressions designed to introduce students to the rich resources of the Christian tradition available for providing nurture and guidance in soul care. 3 hours.
PM520 Spiritual Formation in Contemporary Culture
A study of contemporary cultural dynamics and the implications for spiritual formation which they present with special attention given to the paradigms of the church’s engagement with the broader cultural environment, the contemporary cultural realities that inhibit growth in Christ-likeness, and cultural factors that inform and shape faithful expressions of soul care.
PM901 Independent Study in Pastoral Ministries
Independent research in some phase of homiletics, pastoral theology, counseling, evangelism, or urban ministry. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed four semester hours in any one phase of study. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor. 1–4 hours.
PM905 Special Topics in Pastoral Ministries
This course is designed for students who choose to participate in special conferences, training, or programs that are more formal in nature and require student participation other than a standard independent study. Approved special topics will provide expertise or training not specifically covered in the seminary curriculum. Credit is allowed proportionate to the required amount of work but is not to exceed 4 semester hours on any one topic. Enrollment requires consent of the department.
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