COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


PS-2232 Exegetical Methods for Preaching (3 credits)

This course will acquaint the student with tools and skills that can be used to analyze a biblical text when preparing an expository message. Students will analyze texts in a variety of biblical genres and learn to uncover theological and application principles that are consistent with the biblical author’s intention. Prerequisites: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods.

PS-2240 History of Biblical Exposition (3 credits)

Students will survey the major trends and key individuals from the apostolic era to the present that have influenced the church’s practice of proclaiming God’s Word. Students will read and analyze selected sermons and messages drawn from various ages and reflecting a variety of traditions. Special emphasis will be given to the evangelical tradition of biblical exposition from the Reformation to the present. Students will also explore multiple genres used to communicate God’s Word.

PS-2253 Theology and Philosophy of Women’s Ministry (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

A biblical and theological study of the role of women in the ministry of the local church, students will examine the significant contribution women have made in the church’s ministry from the New Testament era to the present. The nature and place of women’s ministries in church and parachurch contexts will also be discussed. Students will formulate a biblically based philosophy of ministry as a result of this course.

PS-2264 Contemporary Strategies for Ministry to Women (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

Students will be exposed to a variety of contemporary models and current programs of ministry to women, study principles of team building, ministry management, and techniques for planning special events, and will develop strategies for implementing a ministry to women in the local church.

PS-3310 The Church and its Ministries (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

Students will study the nature of the church, its structure and purpose, and how these shape its approach to ministry. This course will survey historical approaches to church leadership and provide students with an opportunity to explore their own congregational heritage.

PS-3320 Developing a Social Outreach Ministry (3 credits)

A study of the missional ministry of the local church, this course focuses on the development of practical strategies and skills related to the development and evaluation of biblically sound social outreach ministries including their fitness for a particular ministry context.

PS-3321 Discipling and Mentoring Women (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

In this course students will study the practice of discipleship and mentoring as it relates to women. Biblical patterns of discipleship and mentoring will be explored, with special emphasis on the task of mentoring women. As a part of this course, students will meet in peer groups to practice mentoring and discipleship.

PS-3322 Ministry to Women in Pain (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

This course concentrates on those whose special needs are a particular challenge within the context of women’s ministry. Special attention will be given to those who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, to single women, and to mothers.

PS-3323 Pastoral Care of Women (3 credits)

This course will examine elements of effective pastoral care of women. Students will learn to recognize and be equipped to address issues related to effective care and shepherding strategies, the life stages of women, women’s ways of knowing, and perspectives of men and women serving together in ministry. Concepts will be explored from a biblical and relational perspective.

PS-3330 Communication of Biblical Truth (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

An examination of the structure and preparation of expositional messages, the major emphasis is on formulating a homiletical idea from a biblical text and developing and supporting it with appropriate application to a given audience. Students prepare and deliver messages in class. Prerequisites: BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods and GSU-1120 Speech Communication.

PS-3340 Theological Exposition (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

Examining the theology of biblical exposition, students will explore the nature of exposition by analyzing the divine and human dimensions of the preaching event. Students will develop a theological framework for the practice of biblical proclamation.

PS-3342 Ministry Leadership and Staff Relationships (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

This course includes a study of the principles of effective leadership and administration for church-based ministries. It integrates biblical principles for church leadership with principles of organizational communication and management. Attention will be given to the dynamics of ministering in a congregational setting where there are multiple staff members. It will discuss the nature and techniques of successful ministry in such a context.

PS-3360 Directed Study in Pastoral Studies (1–3 credits)

This is a directed research and practicum course of study related to ministry with a local church. To be arranged in consultation with the department chair and the faculty member involved. The student must demonstrate significant achievement in the chosen discipline. Prerequisite: approval by the chair of the Department of Pastoral Studies.

PS-3361 Pastoral Theology (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature and practice of pastoral ministry. It provides a scriptural understanding of the call, qualifications, and work of the minister. The course includes an overview of the history and forms of church government and a survey of the church’s approach to pastoral ministry throughout its history. Students will analyze their own sense of calling and begin to formulate a theology of pastoral ministry.

PS-3380 Introduction to Issues of Sexual Abuse (3 credits)

An introduction to the complex issues of sexual abuse, students will gain a greater understanding of the internal processes involved in experiencing and coping with abuse along with the treatments available to assist survivors of trauma. The course will begin with a foundational discussion of how we understand suffering and pain from a Christian worldview. Students will gain an understanding of how to minister to survivors of sexual abuse with sensitivity and empathy. Students will also be guided through the process of establishing important personal disciplines for emotional health and self-care.

PS-3382 The Care of the Ministry Leader’s Soul (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

This course will attempt to help students assess and diagnose the state of their soul and acquire habits and practices promoting spiritual health. Included is an exploration into concepts of soul care, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction. Focus is placed on developing the spiritual health of those going into ministry in order that they may foster spiritual vitality in those to whom they minister.

PS-3383 Introduction to Sexual Exploitation (3 credits)

Students will be exposed to an overview of the needs and issues surrounding sexually exploited persons. Attention will be given to both international and domestic situations. Students will study related issues, including legal rights, economic implications, reintegration, and the spiritual, relational, educational, and counseling needs of the sexually exploited person.

PS-4410 The Church and the Community (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

Students will be provided with a framework for engaging the community, and learn principles and strategies for community involvement and development. Students will also acquire skills for grant writing and community networking.

PS-4411 Revitalizing the Church (3 credits)

Course content examines the factors that contribute to congregational decline and effective strategies for revitalizing the church. Special attention will be given to congregational life cycles, causes for spiritual and numerical decline in the church, techniques for diagnosing congregational problems, and the formulation of a strategy for renewal.

PS-4412 Topics in Church Planting and Renewal (1–3 credits)

This course allows for special topics in church planting and renewal. The content may be provided by a variety of agencies and organizations in multiple formats (e.g., church-planting boot camps, online, ministry immersion). Multiple topics courses may be applied to the student’s field electives.

PS-4430 Narrative Messages (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

A study of homiletical style, delivery, and the development of effective communication with an audience, special emphasis is placed on preaching from a biblical narrative. Student messages are evaluated by both the professor and classmates. Prerequisite: PS-3330 Communication of Biblical Truth, ED-2201 Communicating Biblical Truth to Adolescents, or CM-2240 Message Preparation for Women.

PS-4433 Evangelistic Messages (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

Students will study effective principles of communication as they relate to the proclamation of the gospel, explore concepts of audience analysis and its relationship to persuasive preaching, and prepare several evangelistic messages to deliver in class. Prerequisite: PS-3330 Communication of Biblical Truth or CM-2240 Message Preparation for Women.

PS-4440 Structure and Style in Biblical Exposition (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

A study of biblical exposition, this course emphasizes advanced expositional techniques. Special attention will be given to structure, style, imagination, and the use of creativity in message development and delivery. Prerequisite: PS-4430 Narrative Messages. May be taken concurrently with PS-4430.

PS-4453 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 credits)

This course considers the biblical basis for counseling those who are physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually handicapped. Students will learn techniques for use in biblical counseling, including diagnosis, interviewing, program planning, dealing with the sick and the bereaved, and premarital counseling. Attention will also be given to substance abuse and pornography.

PS-4463 Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning*

Examining the human and religious dynamics that affect congregational ministry, students will explore the differences in thinking and values that affect ministry. Special attention will be given to the differences between ministry in the smaller church and the larger congregation and to the nature and importance of congregational culture.

PS-4464 Topics in Sexual Abuse (3 credits)

Child sexual abuse is one of the fastest growing forms of child abuse. Sadly, the Christian community is far from immune. Child abuse is both spiritually and financially devastating to the Christian community. Those who survive child abuse face a lifetime of spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges. So too do adult victims of clergy sexual abuse. When the Christian community does not respond well to abuse victims, the damage only increases. This course will equip both counselors and church leaders to help Christian organizations and the local church to prepare and implement procedures to address and prevent child and adult abuse and to take appropriate action when faced with allegations.

PS-4465 Special Topics in Ministry (3 credits)

This course deals with special topics in pastoral ministry, women’s ministry, ministry to victims of sexual abuse, and biblical exposition. Topics will be chosen in accord with faculty interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs.

PS-4480 Senior Seminar in Biblical Exposition (3 credits)

This course is designed to allow students to integrate and apply previous course work in the Biblical Exposition major. At the conclusion of the course, students will have developed a coherent philosophy of Bible exposition. Special attention will be given to the evaluation of messages and enhancement in structure, style, and delivery. Students will interact with messages prepared in conjunction with their internship experience, utilizing skills learned in the advanced exegesis courses.

PS-4482 Senior Seminar in Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)

Designed for senior Pastoral Ministry majors, this course allows students to integrate and apply previous course work in the major through analyzing various issues and problems and developing a coherent philosophy of pastoral ministry. Special attention is given to the exercise of pastoral tasks and the pastor as visitor, counselor, preacher, teacher, and administrator. This is completed in conjunction with the internship experience, in which students receive instruction in the administration of church ordinances, weddings, and funerals. Open to Pastoral Studies majors only, except by permission of the instructor.

PS-4484 Senior Seminar in Ministry to Women (3 credits)

A course for senior Ministry to Women majors, this is designed to allow students to integrate and apply previous course work in the major through analyzing various issues and problems and developing a coherent philosophy and strategy for women’s ministry. The content of this course is coordinated with the internship experience.

PS-4485 Senior Seminar for Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation (3 credits)

This capstone course is taken in the spring semester of the senior year. Students complete a major project for a grade. This course is designed to allow students to integrate practicum experience and course work into a coherent philosophy and strategy of ministry. Prerequisites: FE-4400 Ministry Internship and PS-4486 Ministry Internship II and Practicum.

The following course is delivered by the Department of Pastoral Studies: 

MS-1100 Spiritual Life and Community (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

A foundational course focusing on the nature of discipleship and an introduction to the foundational principles of the spiritual life, this course will examine the nature and obligations of the spiritual life and the principles and practices that nurture it. It will explore the relationship between grace and effort in spiritual development and introduce the student to the disciplines of the spiritual life, with the goal of developing lifelong patterns and practice. It will also explore the relationship between the spiritual life and the local church. (Delivered by the Department of Pastoral Studies.)

 

* 3000 & 4000 level courses offered through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning require department approval in advance for BA/BMus students.

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