Pastoral Ministry Minor

The Pastoral Ministry minor is designed to provide basic preparation for the student who plans to serve as pastor of a local church. This program will acquaint the student with some of the situations he will encounter as a pastor and with ways to cope with these situations. 

Required Courses

If the student has not completed the following courses, they must be added to this program:

Bible course, 2000 level or above 3 hrs

__Foundations of Teaching (CMIN 2003) 3 hrs* The following courses are required:

  • Admin of Christian Education (CMIN 3523) - 3 hrs*
  • Christian Ministry Counseling (CMIN 4723) - 3 hrs*
  • Discipler’s Formation (CMIN 1212) - 2 hrs*
  • Homiletics (CMIN 3113) - 3 hrs*
  • Intro to Christian Ministries (CMIN 2353) - 3 hrs*
  • New Testament Intro to Critical Issues (BIBL 3213) - 3 hrs*
  • Old Testament Intro to Critical Issues (BIBL 3113) - 3 hrs*

Choose one:

  • Global Ministry (MISS 3223) - 3 hrs* 
  • Persp on World Christian Movement (MISS 3113) - 3 hrs* 

Course Descriptions:


BIBL 3113 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION
3 hours
This course is an introduction to the study of the Old Testament with special reference to the history of its interpretation and an examination of the critical problems (date, author, etc.) which relate to it. Attention is also given to the relationship between the literature of the Old Testament and that of the other cultures of that period.

BIBL 3213 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION 3 hours
This course is an introduction to the study of the New Testament with emphasis upon the history of its interpretation and consideration of current debate concerning date, authorship, text, etc. Attention is also given to the theological development presented in the books of the New Testament.

CMIN 1000, 1010, 2000, 2020 DISCIPLER'S FORMATION SERIES 0 hours
This Series of courses is a requirement for all students seeking a BA in any ministry discipline (i.e., Christian Education, Church Music, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry). Through instruction and guidance by designated spiritual coaches, students are assisted in character and spiritual development. The series includes focus on spiritual disciplines, spiritual gifts, character, lifestyle, discernment, and other topics related to the formation of the Christian minister.

CMIN 2003 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING AND PREACHING 3 hours
This course is a study of principles of the teaching-learning process coupled with basics of homiletics so students will gain skills necessary for transformational communication of the Bible. Methods of teaching, lesson preparation, types of sermons, and sermon preparation will be studied, followed by practical application experiences.

CMIN 2311 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL MINISTRIES 1 hour
This course is a broad overview of pastoral ministries. It includes studies on the Biblical basis, principles and practices of pastoral ministries. The course is designed for both prospective pastoral ministry/youth ministry majors and other Christians preparing for vocational or lay ministry.

CMIN 3113 HOMILETICS 3 hours
This course is an in-depth study of the science and art governing the preparation and delivery of sermons. The student is taught the classification of knowledge and the art of applying it through speech communication. Various types of sermons, such as topical, textual, and expository, are prepared and preached. Emphasis is placed upon effective message transmitting and receiving activities.

CMIN 3523 ADMINISTRATION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 hours
This course includes a general introduction to Christian Education with an emphasis on the administration of the various Christian Education ministries. Topics include history of Christian education, staffing, organization, program, curriculum, training, methods, facilities, and other subjects related to the leadership of an active and effective church ministry. This course is required for Christian Education minor in the local church ministry during Junior or Senior year.

CMIN 4723 CHRISTIAN MINISTRY COUNSELING 3 hours
This course is designed for those in leadership positions. The course is practical and applicable to the counseling problems common to pastors and church leaders.

LEAD 3823 CONCEPTS OF LEADERSHIP 3 hours
This course is a study of the concepts of leadership presented in the Scriptures with the goal of maximizing leadership potential.

MISS 3113 PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT 3 hours
This is a comprehensive study of missions from four perspectives,: Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. It provides students of all Christian ministry degree programs the opportunity to intensely study and understand the global mission of God and their responsibilities in it.

MISS 3223 WORLD MISSIONS 3 hours
This is an in-depth study of world missions. It includes extensive study of God's global mission for all peoples and the geographical dimensions of this mission.