PTH | pastoral theology

Pastoral Theology courses are designed to equip the student with a philosophy of ministry as well as practical skills in the major task areas of pastoral ministry.

PTH 504 – Discipleship Ministry (3 Credits)

The basis for the church’s mission will be explored along with its interface with Disciple Making Ministry. The course will trace principles and methods of developing people starting with Jesus to the early church and finally to contemporary applications.

PTH 508 – Small Group Ministry (3 Credits)

This course will look at issues related to leading a small group ministry. The issues to be considered will be: biblical perspective of small groups, definition of small groups, process of building relationships related to small group dynamics, roles and personalities of members of a small group, small group ministry development, leadership, group dynamics, organization of a small group ministry and leadership development

PTH 510 – Spiritual Formation (1 Credits)

This course is designed to facilitate increased awareness and understanding of the historical developments of Christian spirituality from the early New Testament church to the current time period. The interplay between humanness and spirituality and its impact on personal and relational formation will be explored. Opportunities will be provided to examine experiences, attitudes, beliefs and practices that influence spiritual formation and impact personal, interpersonal and community life.

PTH 511 – Spiritual Formation for Counselors (1 Credits)

This course is designed to facilitate the spiritual formation of counseling/family therapy professionals and to build upon the historical perspectives and foundations of PTH 510. Participants will study contemplative and active Christian spirituality, as well as examine a wide range of spiritual disciplines. Opportunity will be given for theological and therapeutic reflection regarding the presence of God and the sacred in one’s life and clinical practice. The course will require self-reflection, interactive exercises, experiential learning, group discussion, in-class presentations, and clinical application.

PTH 540 – Pastoral Care for Dying, Grief, and Loss (3 Credits)

Pastors, chaplains, counselors and other helping professionals will develop a pastoral theology and response to dying, grief and loss through biblical, cultural, and psychological insights. Students will gain an understanding of the grief journey for people from diverse backgrounds, affirming and respecting strengths and differences. The course will encourage an understanding of how one’s personal losses enrich them and equip for ministry. This course will equip pastoral care givers for ministry to those who are experiencing dying, grief and/or loss.

PTH 580 – Special Topics (Pastoral Theology) (3 Credits)

This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Pastoral Theology. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.

PTH 600 – Pastoral Formation (3 Credits)

This course deals with the theology and methodology of pastoral formation. It is designed to help shape the student into an effective biblical pastor – a pastoral team member and leader who can be used of God to help produce spiritual formation and leadership development. It seeks to further the pastoral formation process by immersing the student in biblical principles of pastoral ministry and applying those principles to the calling of pastorship within contemporary culture.

PTH 603 – Homiletics (3 Credits)

The student will study the preparation and delivery of expository sermons with in-class preaching and evaluation. Videotape feedback will form a major component of evaluation.

PTH 605 – Pastoral Counseling (3 Credits)

This class explores pastoral counseling in the context of pastoral care from a family systems perspective. It aims to integrate pastoral counseling as part of shepherding a congregation. Included are training in empathetic listening and reflection skills, an overview of key issues and topics (eg: suicide prevention, crisis intervention, ethics, domestic violence and child abuse), training in premarital counseling and assessment, and a survey of common mental disorders encountered by pastors (eg: depression, stress/anxiety, substance abuse, chronic mental illness). The course includes a substantial experiential component, including skills practice, and personal and systemic theological reflection about our beliefs, family relationships, and emotional health in the Church.

PTH 606 – Theology of Work (3 Credits)

Participants will develop a biblical theology of work that incorporates a person’s various kinds of work into the Christian’s vocation and enables a follower of Jesus to worship and minister within the occupational and other work contexts. Work stories in Scripture, as well as consideration of the Creation and Redemption mandates will form the foundation for spirituality in a person’s diverse workplaces. Case studies will assist students to discern the implications and applications of these principles within their occupational settings and an individualized plan for Kingdom influence in that setting will be an intended outcome.

PTH 613 – Evangelism and Faith Formation (3 Credits)

This course focuses on helping students develop an incarnational and prayerful approach to making disciples where they journey with people as Jesus’ representatives and spokespeople. It will enable students to increasingly view ministry in a missional way while growing a passion for and developing skills in helping people follow Jesus within vibrant faith communities. We will look at personal and collaborative approaches to incarnational living and disciple-making. The class will also help students understand how we can effectively live as Christ’s ambassadors in the Canadian context with consideration given to the plurality of faiths and cultures in our cultural mosaic.

PTH 616 – Marriage Enrichment (3 Credits)

This graduate course in Marriage Enrichment is designed to train students in the theory and skills necessary to conduct a marital enrichment program in Church or community settings. The course will combine significant experiential learning, lectures, readings and discussion. Students will learn a specific model of research based marriage enrichment (Christian PREP: The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), will receive training in the Prepare-Enrich Inventories, and learn how to implement a Marriage Mentoring program. The course is offered for 2 or 3 sem. hrs credit and cross listed as either a Pastoral Theology course.

PTH 621 – Transitional Pastoral Ministry (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to equip and enable present or prospective transitional pastors to facilitate meaningful and positive change in local churches during the senior pastoral transition process.

PTH 630 – Healthy 21st Century Churches (3 Credits)

This course aims to explore the theology and methodology of growing healthy and missional churches for the 21st Century. It will examine various church growth principles currently advocated by the church growth/health movement that are intended to produce relevant, strategic, and successful churches. It will prepare the student to evaluate the many strategies with the goal in mind of helping the student recognize those principles that lead to growing healthy and missional churches that effectively worship God, build up the saints, and reach the lost. It will also provide the tools necessary to help the student to discern between those methods that are the direction of the Holy Spirit to grow the church of the 21st Century and those that are merely the church’s accommodation to culture.

PTH 631 – Dialogue with the Emergent Church (3 Credits)

This course will deal with the challenges and opportunities that the movement usually known as the Emerging Church presents to the Evangelical Church in Canada. The assigned readings and lectures will explore and analyze the core issues that define the Emerging Church Movement. We will also identify that cluster of distinctives that define Pentecostalism as one facet of evangelicalism and the means whereby this movement interfaces with the Emergent Church. The course will seek to understand the challenges the Pentecostal church faces in light of models and theologies of ministry found in the Emerging Church. It will also explore the opportunities that Pentecostals have in revitalizing the existing church in response to critiques posited by the Emerging Church Movement.

PTH 660 – Spiritual Resources in Marriage and Family Therapy (2 Credits)

This course focuses on the intentional inclusion of spiritual and religious resources in the theory and practice of marriage and family therapy. Given that religion and spirituality frequently influence personal and family narratives, it is important that therapists gain comfort and competence with the integration of spirituality in therapeutic conversations. This course presents the opportunity for students to develop a philosophical/theological basis for human spirituality, a relational ethic of care and compassion, and the clinical competencies to integrate spiritual resources within individual, couple and family practice.

PTH 762 – Preaching Laboratory (3 Credits)

Preaching is a skill that is only acquired through hard work and diligent practice. This class will help the student improve his or her skill in preaching the Bible through provision of multiple mentored opportunities. The student should view this class as a laboratory experience designed to assist his or her development through preparing and preaching sermons in a safe and supportive environment. Prerequisite: PTH 603