This introductory level course facilitates the understanding and acquiring of basic pastoral care skills for ministry. Attention will be given to the learning of active listening skills as well as to the practical involvement of students in doing pastoral care in a ministry setting. The combination of classroom interaction and the pastoral care experiences will enable students to grow in the integration of the theological and behavioral aspects of pastoral care. Three credits, online, two-week intensive.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Engage in theological reflection on experiences of giving and receiving pastoral care while identifying the paradigms that inform students’ pastoral identity and practice

2. Develop an approach that is systematic and practical to pastoral care considering all of the other demands within a ministry context.

3.  Articulate a theology of pastoral care.

4. To develop a baseline of skills necessary for pastoral ministry (effective listening, spiritual assessment, referrals, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence).




The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of the practice of administration in the local church by exploring the biblical concepts of leadership and administration. Additional topics to be addressed include goal setting, team building, delegation, human relationships, budgeting, working with committees, legal issues, personnel management, church operations, and the training of leaders.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Understand foundational principles of transformational leadership.
    • Apply foundational principles of church operations, legal issues and personnel management.
    • Assess a Christian ministry or local church for sound administrative practice.
    • Apply the methods and techniques to carry out financial planning and budgeting in financial institutions.



This introductory level course explores family, culture and social institutions as the collective context within which individual and communal identities develop and grow. The course also introduces participants to pastoral methods of congregational care. Texts for this course focus on embedded theologies that inform life and ministry.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Identify the paradigms that inform students’ pastoral identity and practice
    • To develop awareness of key pastoral care resources and paradigms of care
    • To consider the impact of socially oppressive systems like patriarchy (sexism/male supremacy), racism (white supremacy), classism (economic oppression), and trans/ homophobia (heteronormativity) on identity and pastoral concerns
    • To develop a baseline of skills necessary for pastoral ministry (effective listening, spiritual assessment, referrals, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence).

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The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of the practice of administration in the local church by exploring the biblical concepts of leadership and administration. Additional topics to be addressed include goal setting, team building, delegation, human relationships, budgeting, working with committees, legal issues, personnel management, church operations, and the training of leaders.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Understand foundational principles of transformational leadership.
    • Apply foundational principles of church operations, legal issues and personnel management.
    • Assess a Christian ministry or local church for sound administrative practice.
    • Apply the methods and techniques to carry out financial planning and budgeting in financial institutions.



This course will allow students to think through a theology of preaching and preaching practices and will explore foundations of biblical interpretation, preaching biblical genres, ethics and social justice, rhetoric, special occasions, social locations, sermon forms and functions.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Utilize various sermon forms. They will be to identify a wide range of issues and resources for help with regard to preaching and its contexts.
    • Integrate the various theological disciplines in relation to preaching.
    • Develop skills in preaching and sermon development as it applies to pastoral ministry.


This course will allow students to think through a theology of preaching and preaching practices and will explore foundations of biblical interpretation, preaching biblical genres, ethics and social justice, rhetoric, special occasions, social locations, sermon forms and functions.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Utilize various sermon forms. They will be to identify a wide range of issues and resources for help with regard to preaching and its contexts.
    • Integrate the various theological disciplines in relation to preaching.
    • Develop skills in preaching and sermon development as it applies to pastoral ministry.