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)

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. (3 hours)

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. (3 hours)

PM210 - Homiletic Theory and Practice
A study of biblical preaching, with emphasis on advanced homiletic theory and practice. Prerequisite: PM103 Expository Preaching I. (3 hours)

PM231 - Preaching Old Testament 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)

PM251 - Evangelistic Preaching
A study of the content, principles, and practice of expository evangelistic sermons, including preparing and preaching evangelistic messages. Prerequisites: PM102 Evangelism and PM103 Expository Preaching I. (2 hours)

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. (3 hours)

PM260 - Preaching and Theology of Genesis 1-11
This course focuses on preparing for and preaching Genesis 1–11, emphasizing pericopal theology and application. Attention is given to researching and presenting stances on the key theological/worldview issues in this first major section of Scripture. Prerequisite: BE102 Old Testament History I; PM104 Expository Preaching II; OT101 and OT102. Enrollment limited to 12 students. -- Additional Information: This course prepares students not only to preach Scripture and to apply the theological thrusts of Genesis 1–11 to life and ministry, but also to think through critical topics in Genesis 1–11 pertinent to society and culture and to take a personal stance on those issues in order to teach them. (3 hours)

PM281 - Spiritual Preparation for Preaching and Ministry
A study of the personal and spiritual steps the preacher must pursue to proclaim God's truth. The course emphasizes both God's role in preparing the preacher for the task as well as the preacher's responsibility in pursuing the spiritual disciplines leading to reliance on the Holy Spirit in preaching. The course is intended for those who plan to make preaching central to their ministry whether in local, parachurch, or missionary settings. Prerequisite: PM103 Expository Preaching I. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (3 hours)

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. (2 hours)

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. (1 hour)

PM301 - Pastoral Theology and 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 - 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. (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
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.) (2 hours)

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. (2 hours)

PM405 - Seminar of Evangelistic Issues and Strategies
A seminar on contemporary issues in evangelism, and strategies useful in evangelism ministries. (3 hours)

PM410 - Lifestyle Evangelism and Apologetics
This course is designed to equip and engage the student in the process of lifestyle evangelism and impart competence in answering the 12 most frequently asked questions about Christianity. (2 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. (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. (3 hours)

PM540 - Developing and Leading the Culturally Diverse Church
A study of theological and practical strategies for the development and leadership of nationally, ethnically, racially, and economically diverse churches, with particular attention to the relative roles and issues for homogeneous and diverse churches, anticipating the challenges that emerge in churches with major differences among the members. (3 hours)

PM601 - Introduction to Chaplaincy
(3 hours)

PM621 - Military Chaplaincy
(3 hours)

PM631 - Correctional Chaplaincy
(3 hours)

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. (4 hours)

PM902 - Pastoral Ministries Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisers. Students will have one calendar year to complete the thesis. If the thesis is not completed by the end of a year, students will be registered in PM903. Enrollment requires consent of the department. 1 or 2 hours. (3 hours)

PM903 - Pastoral Ministries Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Thesis continuation is permitted for a maximum of one additional semester (for a 2-hour thesis, including summer) or two additional semesters (for a 3-hour thesis, including summer). (1 hour)

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. (3 hours)

PM905-1 - Special Topics in P.M.: Ministering in the Town and Country Church
(3 hours)

PM905-6 - Special Topics in P.M.: EFCA Church Planting Boot Camp
(3 hours)

PM905-7 - Special Topics in P.M.: Cranmer Theological House
(2 hours)

PM905-8 - Special Topics in P.M.: Probe - Communicating Contemporary Apologetics
(1 hour)

PM906 - Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry in the Urban Context
Independent research in an area of pastoral ministry in the urban or inner-city context. Students may choose to research questions related to demographics and ethnicity of the inner-city church, family life in the urban context, leadership in the urban church, pastoral care in the urban church, or other relevant topics. Credit is granted proportionate to the amount of work but is not to exceed 4 semester hours in any single phase of study. Enrollment is subject to the consent of the professor. (4 hours)