The Bible and the Pastor (or Uses of Scripture in Pastoral Ministry) – BIBL 830

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of the function of the Bible within pastoral ministry with a specific focus on the Bible in preaching/teaching, counseling, church administration and the pastor’s devotional life. The class will examine the unique purpose of the Bible in each setting and a methodology for applying the Bible in each context. (Available to DMIN Students only).


DMIN 810


Pastors must understand the context for the use of Scripture in the pastoral ministry. This will include philosophical, theological, historical, and practical considerations of Scripture in pastoral ministry. It is critical for the pastoral leader to deepen his or her understanding of the complexity of Scriptural usage in pastoral ministry and to provide clear tools for biblical application.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the major content of the Bible through summarizing the general message of every book of the Bible.
  2. Explain various methodologies as applied to relating the Bible in different contexts.
  3. Demonstrate how to apply the Bible in preaching, counseling, administration and devotional practice.
  4. Relate other fields of study in an appropriate way to pastoral ministry while maintaining a biblical foundation.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Review

The student is required to write a 2,500-word book review of Inerrancy and Worldview. The entirety of the book is to be summarized and the student must include 3 practical reflections.

Various Contexts For Biblical Interpretation Paper

The student is required to write a paper of at least 2,500 words in current Turabian format that lists 5–8 different contexts in which a pastor must use the Bible. The uniqueness of the context needs to be explained along with a detailed description of how the method of biblical study, interpretation, and application is changed by the context.

Paper Proposal

In preparation for the Reading Strategies Paper, the student will submit a 300–500-word Paper Proposal. The Paper Proposal will serve as a prospectus for the Reading Strategies Paper and will include the passage of Scripture chosen and the 5–8 unique contexts that will be incorporated in the Reading Strategies Paper.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will compose an Annotated Bibliography consisting of 15–20 scholarly sources to be utilized in the Reading Strategies Paper. The bibliography must contain at least 5 academic books, at least 5 scholarly journals, and contain no more than 5 websites. Additionally, the student will provide a 2–3-sentence summary for each source to generalize the source as it relates to the research.

Reading Strategies Paper

The student will compose a Reading Strategies Paper to explore various reading strategies using different pastoral contexts in relation to a passage of Scripture. The paper must contain at least 5,000 words and will illustrate the application of the passage as appropriate for 5–8 different pastoral contexts, to include detailed explanations of intended methodology.