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Course Descriptions: Pastoral Theology & Evangelism

PTH 510 Practicum in Christian Education
Structured and directed experiences in educational ministries conducted through a local church or other ministry field site, with an approved supervisor. Elements will include a focus on leadership, needs assessment, goal setting, planning strategy, implementing and evaluating programs, etc. Several settings are available for consideration, including a local church, parachurch organization, national office, district office, Christian day school, camp, etc.

PTH 511 Leading the Congregation to Health and Growth
Develop the insights and skills that enable leaders to provide visionary and transformational leadership that enhances their church’s mission.

PTH 512 Caring for the Congregation
Equip the church to provide the resources needed for meeting the spiritual, personal, emotional and crisis needs of the congregation. Special emphasis will be given to networking with the local resources of the community.

PTH 513 Effective Preaching in the Old Testament
Preach effectively from the Old Testament through accurate biblical interpretation and creative sermon development.

PTH 514 Effective Preaching in the New Testament
Preach effectively from the New Testament through accurate biblical interpretation and creative sermon development.

PTH 515 Effective Teaching and Communication
Develop principles, strategies and methods for enhancing the teaching ministry of the local church.

PTH 516 Contextualizing the Global and Local Mission of the Church
Understand God’s mission mandate and its implications for the world and the local church.

PTH 517 Engaging the Ethical and Social Issues in the 21st Century
This course introduces the ethical and socio-political issues facing the Christian leader in contemporary ministry contexts. Special attention will be given to how the local church can become a prophetic voice for change in its community and an agent of that change.

PTH 521 Being and Building a Spirit-Led Community
Become a catalyst in enabling personal and corporate spiritual growth.

PTH 522 Identity and Calling of the Spiritual Leader
Study the personal and vocational formation of the Christian leader, with an emphasis on human development, emotional health, interpersonal relationships, vocational calling, ministry vision, values and strength-based leadership.

PTH 530 Establishing New Churches
A study of the principles and procedures for establishing new churches. This course investigates the biblical basis for and the spiritual, social and cultural dynamics of establishing new congregations. Special attention is given to the role of the Holy Spirit, thorough planning and effective leadership.

PTH 540 Military Chaplaincy
A study of the United States Military Chaplaincy: its history, organization, requirements and religious programs, along with selected issues relating to separation of church and state, nuclear weapons, religious pluralism within the chaplaincies, and related Constitutional issues.

PTH 541 Industrial and Institutional Chaplaincy
A course designed to acquaint the student with the opportunities and responsibilities related to nonmilitary chaplaincy ministry. Attention will be focused upon ministry to individuals within their vocational context, such as found in the industrial and law enforcement settings.

PTH 542/BTH 550 Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry and Leadership
Scripture and history provide two bookends between which issues relevant to the ministry and leadership of women can be discussed. Integrating history with hermeneutics, through careful observation of the Lord’s acts, one comes to understand God’s ways (Psalm 103:7). Taking a narrative approach (with special focus on cultural contexts, the call of God, and roles of women), this course tells the stories of women throughout the Bible and history and can thus help students locate their stories within the context of God’s story.

PTH 551 Effective Evangelism and Assimilation
A study of our changing cultural landscape and the challenges facing the church within an emerging postmodern context. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unchurched today and how the church can more effectively be a witness, through the application of biblical principles, to reach and assimilate people into the church.

PTH/MCC 556 Field Education Research Project
This course is designed for students pursuing the Master of Divinity , MA in Christian Ministries, or Master of Pastoral Leadership. It requires significant research in biblical and contemporary literature in relation to ministry praxis in a local church or parachurch context. It leads to the production of an integrative, field-based writing project.

See Field Education Research Project Manual.
Note: This summative course should be taken during the last year of study.

PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister
This course is designed to equip ministers to facilitate the process of lifelong spiritual transformation. While spiritual growth is personal in nature, it is enhanced in a context of authentic community. Toward this end, this course will include opportunities for students to explore a variety of avenues capable of leading to holistic, intentional, and ongoing spiritual growth. In addition to classic spiritual disciplines and virtues, students will consider an array of contributions from various streams of the Christian tradition. The model used in this course serves as a starting point from which leaders can tangibly assist others in experiencing authentic transformation.

PTH 558 Journey toward Personal Wholeness
This course examines the process of identity formation and wholeness. Attention will be given to the cultural, familial, intrapsychic, and spiritual dynamics that influence this self-understanding.

PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministry
This course investigates the dynamics of significant relationships in the life of the leader and looks at the skills for developing and maintaining healthy relationships.

PTH/MCC 561 Foundations for Family Ministries and Soul Care
This course will assist in the formation of a developmental framework for whole life discipleship, pastoral counseling, and soul care. This course examines development across the life span conceptualizing human development as a framework for understanding human beings created in the image of God. The life cycle will be utilized as a construct for the development of family life ministries and age appropriate introduction of theological concepts. Family systems thinking, important developmental processes and the major challenges faced at each stage will be examined.

PTH/MCC 565 Interpersonal Helping Techniques with Diverse Populations
This course is designed to be a study of the necessary interpersonal skills in the counseling, coaching, and mentoring relationship. The helping sequence will be examined and specific skills and interventions for each stage will be studied. Special focus will be given to working with diverse populations and cultural implications.

PTH 610 Psychological Disorders and Addictive Behaviors
This course is an overview of the most common psychological disorders seen in ministry with special emphasis on understanding and working with addictive behaviors within family systems and community contexts. Attention is given to preventive strategies with an emphasis on faith-based recovery programs. The referral process and ethical limitation and parameters of pastoral care will be incorporated.

PTH 617 Human Sexuality and Marriage Counseling
This course is an overview of the dynamics of human sexuality and marriage counseling including pre-marital counseling, psycho-sexual development, sexual identity development and common sexual issues that arise in the pastoral counseling process. Attention is given to a theology of sexuality and marriage as it relates to living out Christian values regarding sexuality in contemporary society from a Biblical worldview. The course will assist students to develop an approach to marriage counseling.

PTH 618 Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts
This course assists pastors, chaplains, counselors and other helping professionals develop a practical theology of trauma, crisis and grief related to biblical, cultural, and psychological insights. It encourages coming to grips with spiritual crisis issues in one’s own life. It helps the student offer pastoral care to people and their families affected by trauma, crisis, terminal illness and bereavement. It provides practical techniques and strategies for ministry in crisis situations.

PTH 619 Practicum in Hospital Ministry
An introduction to hospital pastoral care. Theory and method in pastoral care are integrated within a clinical setting. Students are exposed to critically ill patients, pre- and post-surgical patients, crisis situations and patients’ families.

PTH/THE 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society
This course develops a comprehensive understanding of the individual and societal relevance of the gospel in order to enhance its proclamation to the contemporary world. It supports the validity of Christian faith, through evaluation of experiential, scientific, sociological, historical and biblical evidences. It also helps leaders to meaningfully engage contemporary religious and secular worldviews and to respond to major objections to Christianity. Distance Learning (DL) option available.

PTH 631 Culture, Gender & Intercultural Ministry
(See MCC/PTH/THE 631.)

PTH/PCS/BTH 635 The Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts
(See BTH/PCS/PTH 635.)

PTH 638 Practicum in Prison Ministry
An opportunity for the student to be involved in ministry in a correctional institution under the supervision of the prison chaplain. Includes the writing of critical reports and verbatims. Nine months prior approval required to allow for security clearance.

PTH 639 Practicum in Pastoral Ministry
Study under the supervision of a local minister to give the student exposure to the many facets of the pastoral ministry as well as an opportunity to share in that ministry.

PTH 640 Specialized Studies in Practical Theology
A course offered, as the need arises, to deal with a specific topic or issue in the area of practical theology.

PTH/THE 642 Theology of Prayer
A course designed to study the theological foundation for prayer. There is specific emphasis on both the corporate and private nature of prayer.

PTH/MCC/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective
(See MHT/MCC/PTH 643.)

PTH 646 Practicum in Military Chaplaincy
A supervised field introduction into the work of military chaplaincy. It gives students exposure to many facets of military chaplaincy as well as an opportunity to share in that ministry. It is recommended that PTH 540 be taken before PTH 646. Prereq: By military appointment only.

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry
A thorough study of the process and means involved in developing disciples, based on the model of Jesus and the early Church. This course also provides a holistic examination of the attitudes and actions of a disciple in the areas of spiritual life and service, daily living, relationships and personal growth.

PTH/MSS 651 Dynamics of Mentoring
(See MSS/PTH 651.)

PTH 653 Leading Christian Ministries
This course provides students with essential skills for leading ministry. It covers personal and organizational leadership issues.

PTH/MCC 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church and Society
In this post-Christian culture, much of society finds the church to be ineffective and irrelevant. At the same time, a variety of social problems confront the church, providing church leaders an opportunity to bridge the gap and build healthy networks into their communities. Toward this end, this course aims to cultivate the leader’s appreciation of the church’s social mission in society while avoiding historical extremes. It aims to facilitate a constructive Christian response to contemporary issues confronting the church by examining best practice models. Flowing from theological reflection and ethical thinking, this course will examine ways to facilitate community development within a Christian worldview on a personal, local, regional and global level. Students will be inspired and equipped to make a radical difference in their communities.

PTH 657 Specialized Studies Practicum
This course provides a specialized practicum experience for students who wish to do the field-based learning component of their degree program in a setting not stipulated by the general practicums noted in the catalog.  Under the supervision of a qualified person, approved by the Dean, the student will perform the duties associated with this specialized environment in a manner consistent with the guidelines for all other practicum experiences. Students in the MDiv program who are required to take 6 practicum credits will be limited to one specialized practicum.

PTH/HIS/MCC 659 The Social Impact of Christianity
(See HIS/MCC/PTH 659.)

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