This is the introductory course on the preparation and delivery of expository sermons. Major emphasis is given to
students’ ownership and use of a hermeneutically sound method for developing, supporting, illustrating, and
applying a biblical text. Students deliver messages in class.
Cross-listed: COMM 355 Homiletics
PAST 435 Pastoral Internship (3)
This internship is intended to help prepare students to be well-grounded in areas specific to their vocational/lay
direction as it pertains to pastoral ministry. It provides a practical, supervised experience in the tasks, attitudes, and
skills of giving pastoral leadership to a church.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Christian Ministry program coordinator
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I (3)
This course focuses on the biblical, theological, and historical basis for pastoral ministry and on developing the
spiritual disciplines necessary for the pastor’s personal, ongoing spiritual vitality.
This course provides practical instruction in the areas of worship, discipleship, counselling, weddings, funerals, and
Note: Students with credit for PAST 396 Pastoral Theology II may not take this course for credit
Prerequisite(s): PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I
PAST 445 Pastoral Counselling (3)
An examination of biblical perspectives and foundational theory and practice for pastoral care and counselling. Topics include understanding the fundamentals of the therapeutic process including basic interviewing skills, preliminary assessment, referral options, and documentation. Emphasis will be placed on ethical practice, confidentiality, and circle of care.
PAST 453 Variety in Preaching (3)
This course is designed to assist students in the development of greater variety in their style of preaching. Emphasis
is placed on the development of creativity and the use of inductive movement, narrative form, and story as means of
better communication. Students deliver sermons in class.
Prerequisite(s): PAST 355 Homiletics
PAST 466 Soul Care (3)
This course is designed to equip pastors with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to give spiritual
direction to individuals and for their particular church.