Theology of Pastoral Ministry – LEAD 635

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

Course Description

A study of the different phases of the daily work of the pastor. Attention is given to the call, character, leadership, and responsibilities of the pastor. Opportunities are also given for the student to practice methods of pastoral work.




The calling and responsibility of a man of God is one to be taken soberly. LEAD 635 prepares the pastoral student so that he can successfully fulfill his role in the sight of his Lord and His people.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the biblical concept of pastoral ministry.
  2. Articulate the elements related to the call to pastoral ministry.
  3. Evaluate their qualifications for pastoral ministry in light of Scripture.
  4. Determine personal theological positions for use in pastoral ministry.
  5. Construct scripturally-based responses to typical pastoral ministry scenarios.
  6. Apply course principles to actual church situations.

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 (4)

The student will post a thread of at least 400 words to the forum topic presented for the assigned module/week. In the following module/week, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates using at least 200 words for each reply to complete the discussion for the topic of the previous module/week. Discussion Board assignments are required in every module/week. Please read the instructions included in the Assignment Instructions section of the Course Content carefully.

Pastoral Interview

The student will interview a pastor with significant experience, either as a senior pastor or as an associate or youth pastor, and provide a transcript of the conversation (3–5 pages), listing the questions and describing the pastor’s responses. The student must also include a 1-page summary of what he/she learned through the interview. (Syllabus Outcomes: E, F)

Call and Qualifications Analysis

Using the MacArthur text, the student must submit a well-written 5-page document analyzing his/her personal call to ministry according to the instructions provided. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, C)

Personal Prayer Analysis

The student must submit a well-written 3–5-page to include a table analysis of chosen Scripture as it relates to prayer according to the instructions provided. (Syllabus Outcomes: C, E)

Book Critiques (2)

The student will read assigned chapters of the Spurgeon and MacArthur texts and submit a well-written, 3–5-page critique on each book according to the instructions provided. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, F)