Practical Theology

Practical Theology

Curriculum Roadmap

An examination of the history and principles of Biblical interpretation. Special attention will be given to the analogy of faith (i.e., “comparing Scripture with Scripture”) and the grammatico-historical method (2 hours*).

A look at the Biblical approach to preparing sermons, including a study of the types of sermons, outline structure, illustrations, applications and the dynamics of delivery. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: PT 111. Not open to women students).

Students who have completed the prerequisites will be automatically registered for this course for a total of six semesters. The preaching practicum includes preaching in chapel and submitting written sermons, as well as preaching outside the classroom. Each semester in which a student preaches in chapel will count as one-third of a credit. (A total of 2 hours is needed. Prerequisites: PT 111, PT 121, plus two Systematic Theology courses. Not open to women students).

Provides a theology of the gospel ministry with special attention being given to the idea of “call” versus “vocation,” the nature of Christian service, the primacy of the teaching ministry, and the contribution of the pastor’s life to his ministry. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

A study of the nature and importance of Biblical worship, the centrality of preaching, the elements of worship, essential versus accidental characteristics of worship, and the Word of God as a means of grace. Attention will also be given to teaching others how to develop personal and family worship practices. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

A continuation of Introductory Homiletics. (2 hours; elective. Prerequisite: PT 121. Not open to women students).

An overview of the Biblical principles of discipleship within the context of the local church’s ministry, including theological foundations, goals, methods, curriculum, organization, leadership and evaluation of the teaching/learning process for various settings and age groups. (2 hours*).

Considers the routines of daily pastoral ministry, including good study habits, accurate record keeping (church and personal), discipleship, visitation, conducting weddings and funerals, and working with a church board. This course will also focus on counseling — bringing the Word of God to bear upon various circumstances of life, e.g., birth, sickness, death, marriage, etc. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

This course will examine various issues in marriage and family relationships, with an emphasis on how to build strong relationships within the Christian home. (2 hours; elective).

A study of the biblical foundations, principles and methods of communicating the Gospel to unconverted persons, both within our own cultural contexts and among other cultures. This course will focus on personal evangelism and the role of evangelism in the life of the church. (2 hours*).

An examination of the Biblical teaching on the worldwide missionary outreach of the church, with attention given to current issues that shape missionary endeavor. The missionary call, goals and challenges of foreign ministry, as well as the local pastor’s role in encouraging the support of foreign missions will be considered. (2 hours*; elective).

Five hundred hours of supervised field education in a local church, the purpose of which is to provide the student with “hands on” experience in order to test and develop his gifts for the ministry. (3 hours).

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