The Practical Theology Concentration is designed for those who are employed as pastors in their churches. It is expected that most of these will be ministers who have ordination credentials. Consequently, the concentration is planned to enhance those ministry skills and increase their effectiveness in their careers. A second category of persons who may be interested in this program are those who have limited experience in ministry but feel called to dedicate their lives to the work of ministry and may be employed full-time or part-time by a church in a ministry role. The program is planned to continue the development of their ministry skills in practical theology.
CONCENTRATION COURSES12 CREDIT HOURS
This course is an exploration of corporate Christian worship: the acts and expressions flowing from a biblical Christian understanding of who God is, and how he has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. It is supplemented by a review of worship's historical development and incorporates application of these principles to planning for corporate expression of worship.
This course is intended to concentrate on the dual tasks of biblical exegesis and sermon delivery. Students will be expected to preach at least twice in class using various literary genres taken from both testaments. The course will give particular attention to expository preaching.
This course is designed to explore pastoral leadership by focusing upon the implications of the biblical servanthood model as it pertains to the pastor/leader in the practice of ministry. This course seeks to guide the student into a better understanding not only of what the pastor as leader does but also of who the pastor as leader is within the context of Christian ministry as well as to develop a more unified model of a Servanthood Theology of Ministry model.
This course is a study of the spiritual disciplines as they relate to the spiritual well-being and development of the minister. Students will experiment with a variety of spiritual disciplines to foster spiritual formation in the journey of faith.