Pastoral Theology (PT)

PT501 – Pastoral Care and Leadership.  Lectures By: John Johnson, Ph.D.  This is a pastoral elective designed for those who intend to be effective pastors in ministry. This course will build on the leadership principles of ML502 and apply to the local church. Specific leadership issues include self-leadership; managing systems and structures; board governance and staff development; assimilation; creating and managing budgets; innovation and ministry; measuring success; dealing with conflict; and wisdom in transitions. PT501 is also designed to cover core issues in pastoral care: weddings, funerals, visitation; care to the sick and dying; and the ministry of the sacraments. 2 credits.. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units. 

PT502 – Theology and Practice of Worship. Lectures By: John Johnson, Ph.D. The biblical concept of worship and the appropriate utilization of music in its public forms. Identifies the conditions, qualities, and ingredients that most enhance the integrity and meaningfulness of public worship. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

PT521 – Developing Strong Families. Lectures By: Gary Thomas, D.D. The divine design for marriage and family roles and responsibilities is explored in order that the Christian leader may reflect and model godliness in these important relationships. Attention is given to improving both one’s own faithfulness and equipping one to provide counsel and spiritual nurture in such areas as pre-marital and marital counseling and parenting. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units. 

PT570-3 – Leading Transitions. Lectures By: Dr. Bert Downs and Lee Wiggins. Whether you’re called to church, parachurch or mission ministry, you’ll face the need to lead transitions. By engaging in a carefully orchestrated combination of resources including lead and resource instructors, live leadership interviews, case studies and real transition projects, students will learn how to negotiate the key elements of transition in order to lead their respective ministries forward into new seasons of productiveness. Participants will also be trained in the proven Titus Ministries Method for church transition, an invaluable tool for those in interim, transition or consulting ministries in the church ministry arena. Those who successfully complete the course can become part of the TMM Transitional Leadership Network. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

CA501 – The Chaplaincy. Lectures By: Dave Fredrickson, Ph.D. In this course students are introduced to and equipped for the mission field of chaplaincy ministry. A wide range of topics is covered, from possible areas of service to various expectations placed upon military, law enforcement, and institutional chaplains. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.