This course surveys models of community engagement, including but not limited to, theories of equity, citizenship, human rights, advocacy and activism, civic leadership, social justice, civil discourse, and social capital. Students will use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze and actively engage in principles and practices of community engagement through a local lens.  

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Identify models of community and civic engagement, both current and historical  
    • Understand what it means to be civically engaged and the roles and responsibilities of civic action
    • Develop knowledge of the theories and practices of positive community change
    • Reflect on personal expectations for community engagement and social justice
    • Create a personal community engagement action plan that makes valid connections between issues of interest, community needs, and career/academic skills, knowledge, and goals.

The goal of this course is to help students understand and appreciate bi-vocational ministry as a vital part of today’s church and to become better equipped to minister bi-vocationally.  This course will address the need for, and various incarnations of, bi-vocational ministry. It will also cover practical aspects of bi-vocational ministry such as time management, self-care, financial concerns, and matching ministry-learned skills with secular employer needs.

  • Course Objectives- Students will be able to:
    • Define “bi-vocational ministry” within the pastoral context while recognizing the cultural variants operant in this context.
    • Articulate the value of the bi-vocational minister and her/his ministry as it contributes to the overall work of the church.
    • Recognize the value of the bi-vocational minister’s non-church employment and analyze the relationship between ministry-related skills/experience and secular employment opportunities.
    • Demonstrate some of the skills necessary for a successful bi-vocational ministry. These work/life balance skills include: self-care, time management, financial management, communication, and conflict management.

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.

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 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.


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).