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Pastoral Theology

Dr. Samuel L. Harbin, Chair

The aim of the Department of Pastoral Theology is to give the student insight into the techniques of making the truths of divine revelation explicit and relevant to those to whom he ministers.
PT501 SPIRITUAL FORMATION (one credit)

This course focuses on relational skills, character formation, understanding the will of God, and developing a vision for God's call and direction in the student's life.

PT510 BIBLICAL PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY (two credits)

A study of the biblical concept of the pastoral office, the pastor and his duties, relation of the pastor to the total church program, ordination, counseling, visitation, weddings, funerals, administration of the ordinances, and other matters.

PT511 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (two credits)

A study of the pastor's task as overseer in the administration of local church ministry. The importance of organizing the church around a central purpose is stressed, and instruction is given as to the development of creative leadership skills.

PT512 PASTORAL THEOLOGY (two credits)

A study of the "pastoral" roles of the pastor: pastoral care, visitation, officiating at weddings and funerals, and administering the ordinances of baptism and communion.

PT513 CHURCH PLANTING (two credits)

A study of the biblical basis, preliminary work, and organizational procedures in planting a local church. Special consideration is given to the relationship of a mother church to the planting of a new church.

PT514 BAPTIST POLITY (two credits)

A study of the principles and practices of a Baptist church such as membership, officers, government, discipline, and ordinances.

PT518 THE GOSPEL AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (two credits)

A Biblical examination of the ground and motives of genuine Christian living.  Special attention is given to the contrast of rule/performance-oriented living versus Christ/gospel/grace-oriented living, with emphasis on the continuing value and power of the gospel for the Christian.  The course will focus on exposition and application of relevant New Testament passages, related reading, and class discussion.

PT521 EXPOSITORY PREACHING I (two credits)

An introduction to propositional ("big idea") expository preaching, emphasizing the preacher's responsibility of connecting the world of the Bible to the world of the modern day audience. A three-step process utilizing exegesis, theology, and homiletical strategy is the primary focus of the course. Lecture, classroom discussion, and sermon observation are coupled with homework assignments culminating in the student's classroom delivery of a "big idea" expository sermon.

PT522 EXPOSITORY PREACHING II (two credits)

Continued instruction building on the content of PT521 Expository Preaching I regarding the basic skills of building biblical sermons, types of sermons, and individual components of sermonic structure. The course is designed as a preaching practicum with emphasis given to supervised construction and evaluated delivery of biblical sermons. Prerequisite: PT521.

PT523 EXPOSITORY PREACHING III (two credits)

A continuation of PT522 Expository Preaching II, this course includes further instruction in the "big idea" concept of biblical preaching, the construction and delivery of sermons, the analysis of biblical sermons, strategies for preaching various biblical genres, and practice in the delivery of sermons coupled with critique and analysis. Prerequisite: PT522.

PT610 NARRATIVE PREACHING (two credits)

A study of narrative preaching as the communication of a narrative text in a narrative sermonic form. Special emphasis will be upon defining narrative preaching, discussing the importance of utilizing narrative preaching regularly, and setting forth a method for interpreting and communicating a narrative text. Prerequisite: PT521.

PT632 LEADING WORSHIP MINISTRIES (two credits)

This course aims to provide the student with the theological foundation and practical skills necessary to effectively lead worship ministries in the church setting. The course examines such issues as a biblical theology of worship, philosophy of church music, church music administration, and current trends in worship ministries. The course functions to assist pastors in overseeing worship ministries as well as to assist the vocational music minister in leading worship ministries.

PT800 PASTORAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR (one credit)

Guided research to enable the student to develop skills in problem solving, procedures of research, and logical presentation of material.

PT810 PASTORAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR (two credits)See PT800 for description.
PT825 SWEETBRIAR MINISTRY SIMULATION (two credits)
PT840 PASTORAL INTERNSHIP (two credits)

This course provides opportunity for directed and intensive pastoral experience in a local church setting. Under the direction of the seminary faculty and the local church pastor, students will observe, experience, and report on all phases of the pastorate. Personal evaluation and growth are important aspects of this course.

PT850 WILDERNESS MINISTRY LEADERSHIP (two credits)
PT900DM PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP (two credits)

Advanced consideration of how a ministry and leadership philosophy affects the pastoral office and duties. A biblical ministry philosophy is presented as it relates to the pastor and the total church program.

PT901DM PREACHING AND TEACHING IN PASTORAL MINISTRY (two credits)

This required seminar addresses the critical elements in preaching and teaching in pastoral ministry. Special emphasis will be given to developing propositions and understanding the movement from exegesis through theology to homiletics. Ample time is given to the practice of homiletical theory in select biblical texts.

PT950DM RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (1 credit)

This seminar provides personalized assistance for students to determine their specific topic for research and prepares them for each step of the project/dissertation process. Specific instruction is provided to help the student articulate the key researchable question and overall project/dissertation design.