Department of Practical Theology

 

PT5523/PT5722 MINISTRY OF THE WORD I/EXPOSITORY PREACHING I

A foundational course designed to acquaint the students with the theology of preaching, the selection and analysis of a text, sermon development, material elaboration, sermon introductions and conclusions. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV. (Ordination Track), M.A.M.P.L. – Two Credit Hours -This course, in accordance with the historical theological position held by the mainstream of evangelical churches, is limited to male students preparing for ordination. (Refer to “The Role of Women in the Church a Rationale for the BTS Position)

 

PT5524/ PT5723 MINISTRY OF THE WORD II/ADVANCED EXPOSITORY PREACHING II

A continuation of the basic principles presented in 5523 along with additional material on sermon variations and pulpit speech including the development of style and eloquence through practice preaching. PREREQUISITE: PT5523; REQUIRED FOR M.DIV. (Ordination Track), M.A.M.P.L. – Two Credit Hours – This course, in accordance with the historical theological position held by the mainstream of evangelical churches, is limited to male students preparing for ordination. (Refer to “The Role of Women in the Church a Rationale for the BTS Position)

 

PT5527 COMMUNICATION I

The basic principles of effective communication for the church and the Christian worker’s overall task will be considered with special emphasis on written communication skills. The students will be involved in several writing projects during the course of the semester. A brief overview of oral communication within the congregation and the broader community will be covered as well. REQUIRED FOR ALL DEGREE PROGRAMSTwo Credit Hours

 

PT5531 THE CHRISTIAN WORKER’S PERSONAL LIFE & SPIRITUAL FORMATIONS

A course development of the church worker’s own personal walk with God. Special attention is given to leadership of one’s self and spiritual formation through the classic spiritual; disciplines (e.g., prayer life, devotional habits, etc. as well as call to work, relationship with spouse and children, and ability to relate to and minister to people. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.B.C., M.A.B.S., M.A.M., C.B.S., – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5542 HISTORICAL & PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

The beginning of Christian education and its development through the period covered by the Bible and subsequently, with particular emphasis on those outstanding in this field of endeavor. REQUIRED FOR M.A.M.CE. – Two Credit Hours

 

 

 

PT5602 BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

A study of biblical applications to challenges in administration, teaching, procedures, and curriculum in Christian Education. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.B.S., M.A.M., C.M.CE. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5631 THEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF ADMINISTRATION

A study of the administrative aspects of church operations including personnel management, budgeting stewardship and accounting, maintenance, building programs, and the functions of the session and diaconate as well as the functions of the minister in these areas. This course will focus on the proper procedures for church management. Attention will be given to selected historical ecumenical administrative style, management and organization. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M. PL., M.A.M. CL., C.M.PL – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5637 PERSONAL EVANGELISM

Training in personal evangelism introducing students to various styles under special supervision. REQUIRED FOR ALL DEGREE PROGRAms- Two Credit Hours

 

PT5641 CURRICULUM REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT

This course is designed to equip the student with skills necessary to review, develop and implement a curriculum and structure for a comprehensive lay training program that includes the Sunday School, training ministries, and weekly Bible studies. REQUIRED FOR M.A.M.CE., C.M.CE. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5673 MINISTRY OF TEACHING

A study of the nature of teaching as it relates to the pastoral ministry. The role of the teacher and learner will be discussed. Consideration will be given to various teaching methods and to communication tools and skills. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M.CE., C.M.CE. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5710 DISCIPLESHIP

How to disciple men and women, building into their lives basic Christian disciplines and equipping them to disciple others. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M.PL- Two Credit Hours.

 

PT5712 PEDAGOGY IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

This is a practical course designed to teach the student in the use of a wide range of teaching/learning methods and approaches. Special attention is given to appropriate methodology for age groups, and to a choice of methods to implement learning goals and objectives. The course will include a laboratory/practice approach. Students will elect a project in the area of their interests (children, youth or adults). REQUIRED FOR M.A.M.CE., C.M.CE. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5626 MINISTRY TO CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

A study of the principles, methods, and materials especially appropriate for the Christian education of children and youth. Also the role of the children and youth worker as pastor to the parents and whole families with children and youth. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M., M.A.B.C.,C.M. – Two Credit Hours

PT5733 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & DEPLOYMENT

Consists of intentional team building and individual nurture with the goal of unleashing/deploying that team and individuals for functionally effective ministry that leads to consequential statistical growth in the church, so that the church regains its position as the “leadership engine” for culture and society. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M.PL., M.A.M.CL., C.M.PL. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5739 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH GROWTH

A study of the various aspects of a body of believers which promote growth, especially through outreach and assimilation. Negative growth characteristics will also be examined to help avoid such trends. This course is designed to provide the church with a Christ-centered approach to outreach and assimilation. Special emphasis will be given to developing outreach programs both inside and outside the church and to providing practical methods to assimilate newcomers into the life of the church. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M.PL. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5750 PUBLIC WORSHIP & MUSIC

Various aspects of worship including the structuring of the worship service, the function and use of music in worship, the sacraments, weddings, funerals and related matters. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV. – Two Credit Hours This course, in accordance with the historical theological position held by the mainstream of evangelical churches, is limited to male students preparing for ordination. (Refer to “The Role of Women in the Church a Rationale for the BTS Position)

 

PT5621 CHURCH CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE CHURCH

This course is intended to lay the foundations for a biblical and theological approach to conflict resolution that will guide the lay leader and pastor in responding to interpersonal conflict in the church, family and community. This course will also address common conflicts within churches and biblical approaches intended to prevent or resolve those conflicts. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.M, M.A.B.S.,M.A.B.C., C.B.S.,C.B.C.,C.MIN.-Two Credit Hours

 

PT5800 CHURCH REVITALIZATION

Thorough exploration of the biblical principles and strategies for the renewal of stagnant and dying churches. Covers ten key initiatives for turning the church back to health with a special emphasis on the personal and spiritual development of the revitalizing pastor/teacher. Whenever possible guest ruling and teaching elders of churches involved in such renewal efforts will join the class for input and discussion. REQUIRED FOR M.Div., M.A.M.PL Two Credit Hours

 

PT7802 CLINICAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

The purpose of this course is to enable students to engage and learn the process of academic, bibliographic research methods, and to determine the validity and reliability of various sources of information in preparation for the final clinical project. REQUIRED FOR , M.A.A., M.A.M.– Two Credit Hours

 

PT7803 CLINICAL WRITING PROJECT/ CLINICAL FINAL PROJECT

The purpose of this course is to enable and assist students in the development of the research project design, utilizing the tools from research development. Students will refine the skills of scholarly writing as applied to a subject of special interest appropriate to their respective clinical projects. REQUIRED FOR M.A.A., M.A.M.– Four Credit Hours

 

Electives

 

PT1035 MODELS OF BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP

Using case studies from Scripture, this course will present the nature of God’s call to leadership, the character of the godly leader, the practice and application of leadership and discernment in the leadership context. Emphasis will be placed on the unique spiritual and moral aspects of Christ-centered leadership in contrast to various secular models. REQUIRED FOR M.A.M. CL Two Credit Hours

 

PT5713 BIBLICAL ORIGINS OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT & DISCIPLINE

Studies in the history, principles, structures, and procedures of church government and biblical church discipline., peacemaking and church conflict management.   Emphasis will be given to Presbyterian polity, with field trips to observe church government procedures in action. Two Credit Hours

 

PT5756 SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

This course is designed to address the chief obstacles to the Church’s missionary mandate in society. The course will give special attention to spiritual forces of darkness which are arrayed against the saints of God to hinder them from living for God and from carrying out God’s purpose on earth. The student will be exposed to an understanding of those forces and their various manifestations in the world. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT5901-05 PREACHING RESEARCH – DIRECTED STUDY

Preaching Research is intended to give the student an opportunity to pursue a subject of interest under the oversight of a faculty mentor. The student must submit a proposal for the study to the President or Vice President. The President or the Vice President will approve the proposal and determine the appropriate faculty member to be assigned as the mentor.

One-Five Credit Hours

 

The following courses are clinicals to be completed by Master of Divinity Degree Program students. MDIV students are required to complete 4 hours of clinicals.

 

PT7801 TEACHING

This clinical consists of three quarters of successful experience teaching a Sunday School class, home Bible study or another teaching arena. Students will develop lesson plans for each session demonstrating effective use of good teaching methods. These lesson plans will be submitted at the end of the third quarter along with a written evaluation by the church supervisor. A syllabus will be provided at registration providing details for the performance of this clinical. – Two Credit Hours

Prerequisites: Old Testament I, II, III; New Testament I, II; Systematic I, II; Bible Interpretation, History and Philosophy of Christian Education

 

PT7805 EVANGELISM

This requires participation in the personal and mass evangelism program of a local church for at least two semesters. It should include training and evaluation of effectiveness. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT7810 YOUTH WORK

A variety of settings can be utilized to fulfill this clinical including church youth group, summer camp, or Bible conferences. A syllabus will be provided at registration providing details for the performance of this clinical. – Two Credit Hours

Prerequisites: Old Testament I, II, III; New Testament I, II; Systematic Theology I, II; Bible Interpretation, History and Philosophy of Christian Education, Ministry to Youth

 

PT7815 PREACHING

In addition to 5523-24, each student will preach three times and the sermons will be recorded and evaluated. – Two Credit Hours This course, in accordance with the historical theological position held by the mainstream of evangelical churches, is limited to male students preparing for ordination. (Refer to “The Role of Women in the Church a Rationale for the BTS Position)

 

PT7820 ADMINISTRATION

Budgeting, building, stewardship, janitor service, maintenance, and other functions of the elders and deacons will be included. Attendance at regular meetings of session and diaconate will be arranged. – Two Credit Hours

 

PT7825 COUNSELING

Briarwood Counseling Ministries will provide the setting for most students to complete this clinical. However, other agencies may be utilized. A syllabus will be provided at registration providing details for the performance of this clinical. The student should be advised that the Briarwood Counseling Ministries will require attendance at a regular round table discussion in addition to the counseling hours. Clinical will require 50 hours of counseling activity including observation as a team member and lead counselor. – Two Credit Hours

Prerequisites: Old Testament I, II, III; New Testament I, II; Systematic Theology I, II; Bible Interpretation; Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling and Advanced Counseling.

 

 

PT7830 CHURCH PLANTING

This clinical will include 100 hours of participation in a church planting outreach. The activity must include at least 25 hours of participation in the planning process. Details will be negotiated with each student. – Two Credit Hours

Prerequisites: Old Testament I, II, III; New Testament I, II; Systematic Theology I, II; Bible Interpretation; Principles of Church Growth.

 

 

PT7835 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES

Opportunity for the student to gain administrative and supervisory experience in Christian Education programs. This clinical consists of two semesters serving as the assistant to the individual responsible for operating the education program (church or other ministry). This clinical is best performed in the student’s home church. Details will be negotiated with individual students. – Two Credit Hours

Prequisites: Old Testament I, II, III; New Testament I, II; Systematic Theology I, II; Bible Interpretation; History and Philosophy of Christian Education.

 

PT7840 WORSHIP AND MUSIC

Weddings, funerals, the sacraments, alternate forms of worship, music and special services are included. Participation and observation will be arranged as appropriate. – Two Credit Hours