Pastoral Theology

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Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation. “OL” means the course is available through online learning. See course offerings for online-learning course rotations.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

PT 501 Baptist Polity (1) This course presents historic principles and practices of Baptist churches noting the nature of the church, its membership, ministry, officers, ordinances, worship, witness, and discipline. A brief history of the Baptists is included in this overview of how Baptist churches are governed. Spring even, OL.

PT 513 Evangelism and Church Planting (1) This course presents a study of the biblical methods for evangelizing through the local church. The student learns the essentials of the ministry of church planting through an analysis of biblical and historical models for developing new congregations from initial evangelism. Spring even.

PT 531 Expository Preaching (3) An introduction to homiletical methodology which emphasizes basic principles of sermonic organization. The course is designed to help the student increase his effectiveness in moving from exegesis to exposition and delivery with an emphasis on sermon preparation. Fall.

PT 542 Philosophy of American Education (3) Students examine the historical and contemporary philosophical positions and theories which have influenced American education and analyze the connection between philosophy and educational practice. Summer, Fall even, Spring, OL.

PT 567 Effective Expository Preaching (3) A detailed study of the basis, principles, and implementation of expository preaching. The course is designed to help the student increase his commitment and comfort with the process of preaching through books of the Bible. The class will focus on sermon exegesis, exposition and delivery with an emphasis on sermon preparation.

PT 610 Pastoral Theology (3) An introduction to the principles and methodology of pastoral care. The student will increase his effectiveness in moving from biblical theology to pastoral ministry in the areas of ministerial ethics, pastoral counseling, and ceremonial function. Spring.

PT 629 Christian Education (3) Students study, analyze, and discuss theoretical issues and events influencing current thought and practice in elementary and secondary education in light of their philosophical roots and their impact on traditional Christian education. Summer, Fall odd, OL.

PT 631 Preaching through a New Testament Book (3) Prereq.: PT 531. A capstone homiletical experience where students apply expository preaching methods to a New Testament book of the Bible. Students study the themes and message of the book with the objective of communicating these truths in the local church. Fall.

PT 632 Preaching through an Old Testament Book (3) Prereq.: PT 531. A capstone homiletical experience where students apply expository preaching methods to an Old Testament book of the Bible. Students study the themes and message of the book with the objective of communicating these truths in the local church. Spring.

PT 682 Management: Programming the Local Church (3) Ministerial students learn the methods of managing a growing staff and coordinating expanding programs in the local church. Emphasis will focus on how to coordinate all ministries of the church including a Christian day school. Spring even, Summer odd, OL.