The Pastoral Ministry concentration is for the student who has felt a calling into ministry. This concentration provides the necessary information for students to effectively lead a church, a ministry within a church, or even a non-profit organization.
Upon completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply practical ministry skills to meet the pastoral needs of a local congregation.
CONCENTRATION COURSES12 CREDIT HOURS
This is a study of the multiple roles of leaders in Christian ministry in the context of the Church and its varied ministries. Special emphasis will be given to the impact that lay and pastoral leaders have on the quantitative growth of the Church.
This course introduces to those called to ministry in traditional settings ethical codes that inform the critical thinking of care givers. The parameters that will be discussed through the use of case studies are designed to challenge ministers to a higher level of both thinking and acting as representatives of Jesus Christ. Such practices protect both the pastor and those to whom he or she ministers.
This course introduces the principles and skills necessary to effectively communicate Scripture through teaching and preaching delivery. Practical application assignments will be made, and reports/presentations will be given.
Pastoral care focuses on skills utilizing Christian resources to sustain and empower parishioners and congregations as well as counseling skills appropriate to traditional ministry settings. Topics include relational, life-span issues, and crisis situations.