Pastoral Theology – PRTH 141

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/10/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

There will be 3 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to post a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread is to be at least 200 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be at least 100 words. (CLO: B)

Call into Ministry Assignment

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. (CLO: A)

Controversy in Ministry Assignments (2)

The student will write two 1–2-page papers about each of the assigned topics. (CLO: B)

Interviews Assignment

The student will complete interviews with 4 different ministers and write an approximately 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. (CLO: B)

Research Paper Assignment

The student will complete a 4–6-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. (CLO: C)

Quizzes (2)

The student will complete 2 quizzes. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, have a 1-hour time limit, and include multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions. (CLO: D)