Course Description

An introduction to a practical theology of ministry, with an overview of the biblical and theological foundations of ministry with a focus on common aspects of ministry.

Students will examine some of the complex and wide-ranging issues to which a pastor may respond. In addition, students will be able to list some of the social science support tools that aid in identifying deeper issues.

Course Rationale

Every action ministers take is in response to their faith in God. They work from a theological framework that tells them what they should or should not be doing. In the early church, many theological debates centered around the statements used in worship, or the actions taken during the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. At the same time, while most pastors are not professional counselors, they are often called to advise in difficult circumstances. Some of the tools of psychology and social science are helpful to identify and separate the real issue that needs addressing from the symptoms that arise from that issue. Helping students think with a biblical worldview about each of the issues facing them will enable them to sort out useful tools from those that might actually be damaging.

Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements

Students will show growth in the following ways:

  1. Character Formation: Reflect on Scripture and experience, relate it to God’s call, and identify changes persons needs to make to become more Christlike in their personal and ministry life.
  2. Content Processing with Peers: Articulate a theology of pastoral ministry that fits both the context and the student’s individual personality and circumstance.
  3. Ministry Capability Development: Establish resources for the use in pastoral ministry in the context of the student’s own setting and a plan for further development
  4. Application in Mission and Community: Apply a theology of ministry through a small group that fits the context.


  • Syllabus
  • Asia-Pacific Module Handbook