Pastoral Theology – PRTH 141

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

Course Description

A practical study of church ministry with emphasis given to its biblical foundation, philosophy of ministry, and the various areas of pastoral ministry.




The church is experiencing an identity crisis. Many experts believe that America is entering into a post-Christian era. This cultural shift from the traditional Judeo-Christian ethic has resulted in a void in the church. This course is designed to clarify the role of the church for the twenty-first century. It is a practical study for the vocational ministry student as well as for those students who desire to be more informed about their roles as lay people in the church.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain his/her calling to one’s ministerial service.
  2. Develop a personal theology for pastoral ministry, preaching ministry, and administrative ministry.
  3. Construct a field diagram for the arena of ministry where one might serve.
  4. Create a ministry plan based on a specific ministry context.
  5. Assemble a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan of action for one’s field of ministerial service.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentation/notes

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, there will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The student will post 1 thread of at least 300 and 2 replies of at least 150 words. Each thread and reply must be supported by at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources for citations include the textbooks, the Bible, a Bible dictionary, and commentaries.

Call into Ministry Paper

The student will complete a 2-page paper defining and explaining his/her personal call into the ministry. This paper must be accompanied by a properly formatted title page and must follow current Turabian guidelines.

Controversy in Ministry Papers (2)

The student will complete 2 papers on controversial topics in ministry. Each of these will be 1–2 pages and must include a title page and bibliography with at least 2 sources, 1 of which must be the Bible. Current Turabian formatting must be used.

Minister Interviews Paper

The student will complete interviews with 4 different ministers and write a 1-page summary for each interview. This must not exceed 5 total pages, but a separate title page must be included. Current Turabian formatting must be used.

Research Paper

The student will complete a 6–8-page Research Paper in this course. A separate title page and bibliography must be included, and the student will use current Turabian formatting. A minimum of 5 sources must be cited.

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams. The exams will be open-book/open-notes, have a 1-hour time limit, and include multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions.