The knowledge gained through language, Bible, and theology classes musthave an outworking in thepulpit ministry and in the daily pastoral duties.Classes in this department are geared to equip the pastor for an effectiveapplication of the knowledge that he has gained.


PT 301 Homiletic Theory (2)

Fundamentals of theory of preaching and methods of building varioustypes of sermons. Students are required to analyze and evaluate sermons,  to prepare original outlines, and to deliver manuscript-based sermons. ForB.Th. only.


PT 302 Pastor's Library and Research (2)

The student will be introduced to the basic tools of theological literature,including both print and computer disk modalities. Use of the lexicon,theological dictionary, biblical encyclopedias, commentaries, and otherreference work will be set forth. the student will gain an ability tochoose the best books for his own personal library, and how to cataloguethem.


PT 303 Sermon Preparation and Delivery I (2)

Class is divided between lecture and preaching lab. Videotapes of thestudents aid in the development of the preaching style. Emphasis in thisclass is on sermon research and methodology.


PT 304 Sermon Preparation and Delivery II (3)

Integration of exegesis with sermon preparation is found in this course,which again includes a lecture and lab time. Prerequisites: LA 501 and  502.


PT 305 Current  Studies in Homiletics (2)

Topics selected which deal with significant issues related to homiletics and communication skills.


PT 306 Guided Research (2)

Individual research on an approved topic under the supervision of a faculty member in the department.


PT 307 Pastoral Preaching (2)

Lectures and laboratory preaching in relation to the pastor’s opportunities with the funeral sermon, the wedding homily, and special occasion preaching commonly confronted in the local church.


PT 308 Preaching Narrative (2)

Analysis of recent interest in preaching the literary genre with special attention to narrative portions of Scripture. Laboratory experience in both story-telling and expository preaching of a narrative periscope.


PT 309 Persuasion in Preaching (2)

The psychological and rhetorical principles of influencing a believing, doubtful, hostile, or apathetic audience and incorporated in speeches presented before the class.


PT 310 Preaching on Contemporary Problems (2)

Using advanced methods, sermons on personal, community, and world problems are prepared and delivered.


PT 311 Expository Preaching of a Biblical Book (2)

Procedures for handling a biblical book as a unity and planning and presenting a series of sermons on that book. May be repeated for credit as the books under consideration change.

PT 312 Communication of Biblical Doctrine (2)

Procedures for the preparation and presentation of sermons based on biblical doctrine.


PT 313 History of Preaching (2)

Biographical and sermonic survey of homiletical and rhetorical theory and of Christian preaching from apostolic times through lectures and research with application to the improvement of preaching in our own time.


PT 314 Evangelical Preaching (2)

Preparation and presentation of sermons for various evangelistic and conference occasions. 


PT 315 Preaching Clinic (2)

Concentrated attention in classroom and written assignments given to the following components of sermon construction.


PT 316  Discipleship  Training (2)

Preparation and presentation of materials  for various evangelistic discipleship.


PT 317  Evangelical Discipleship (3)

The role of discipleship in the life of the pastors demonstrated through an analysis of passages on discipleship.


PT 318 The Power of Prayer (2)

The study on the evangelical and spiritual prayer in the Local Church.  The Methods of the powerful Prayer and the Response of the Prayer.


PT 319 The Practice of  the Spiritual Prayer (2)

The Practice of the Prayer in Daily Life and the Application to the Church Life.


PT 401 Public Speaking and Debate (3)

The mechanics of public speaking are the focus of this course, includingvoice control, gestures, mannerisms, and eye contact. Debate skills aretaught with the goal of giving the pastor a confident and logical manner ofdiscussing an issue.


PT 402 Principles of the Prayer Life (3)

The role of prayer in the life of the pastors demonstrated through ananalysis of passages on prayer, and the application of answered prayer in the life of great pastors and missionaries.


PT 403 Principles of Spiritual Growth (2)

Studentswill gain a biblical basis for discipleship and develop principlesthat will lead them to have victory over sin and temptation in theirChristian walk.


PT 404 Church Planting (3)

Students will investigate church planting from a practitioner’s point of view. Particular attention will be given to the integration of church growth principles with the practice of church planting.


PT 405 The Pastor and Church Building Programs (3)

Consideration of the steps of a church building program and the special problems a pastor may encounter in church construction.


PT 406 Teaching and Integrating Practical Theology (3)

An investigation of the role of practical or pastoral theology in the curriculum surveying both historical and classroom application approaches from Schleiermacher to the present.


PT 407 Urban Ministry Project Design and Research (3)

Research and design for professional projects involving pastoral ministry and outreach in an urban context. Includes a careful statement of specific project activities, measurable objectives, and evaluation procedures.


PT 408 Urban Ministry Project Report (3)

Comprehensive written report of the project implemented in PT 407. Includes statement of the plan with its objectives and goals, a comprehensive description of the field experience, and a detailed personal evaluation in light of the project goals and objective.


PT 409 Christian Worship (3)

The importance, basic meaning, and historical background of Christian worship with attention to principles, plans, methods, and resources for worship planning.


PT 410 Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Death (3)

An overview of the Hippocratic/Judeo-Christian tradition in medical ethics against the background of Biblical-theological discussion of human nature, medicine and healing, and as a context for the rise of the new bioethics.


PT 411 Bioethics and Public Policy (3)

The interface of bioethics and public policy in North American and international contexts, with special attention to such topics as the early twentieth-century eugenics movement, medicine in Nazi Germany, Roe V. Wade and its background, the growing interest in euthanasia (with special note of developments in Holland), the Human Genome Initiative and its implications, and questions of resource allocation.


PT 501 Pastoral Ministry and Theology (3)

Development of a theology of ministry is the goal of this course, whichdeals with the pastor's call, qualifications, his work in public worship andceremonies of the church, and in his private lifestyle.


PT 502 Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling (3)

Introduction to representatives counseling approaches, and a study of themajor tenants of the theories which have made a significant impact on thecounseling profession.


PT 503 Homiletics for Wives (3)

Wives are taught the basic sermon models taught their husbands to help them organize Bible material into devotionals and be helpful critics of their husband’s preaching.


PT 504 Persuasion in Evangelical Preaching (3)

Sermon preparation that displays the skills derived through a study of theart of persuasion of the focus of the course.


PT 505 Evangelistic Preaching (3)

Various models relevant to evangelism today are developed, with anemphasis on experience in preaching an evangelistic message. Critics ofmodern evangelists will enable the student to develop his own skills.

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PT 506 The Great Pulpiteers (3)

Sermons of a host of the greatest preachers from the Reformationuntilthe present time are studied and analyzed as to their significance for thesubject of homiletics.


PT 507 Church Constitution (3)

The purpose of constitution for the preaching and teaching of the Word of God and spiritual improvement of church members.


PT 508 Church Administration (3)

The role of the pastor as an administrator finds a wealth of information inthis course. Equipping the pastor to be an able administrator means anexposure to management techniques and strategies.


PT 509 Computer Ministries I, II (3)

The role of the pastor as an administrator finds a wealth of computerizedtechniques, information and skills in this course through modernized  high-tech computers. Equipping the pastor to be an able administratormeans an exposure to management techniques and strategies.


PT 510 Ministry to the Hospitalized, Dying, and Bereaved (3)

A practical seminar that includes on-site field experience at a hospital witha resident chaplain. Valuable resources and techniques will be discussed.


PT 512 Personal Speech Improvement (2)

Phonetic approach to the study of the speaking voice and articulation designed to enable the student to improve voice and diction and for the correction of minor speech deficiencies.


PT 513 Fundamentals of Public Address (2)

Offered in conjunction with PT 514 to enable students without the necessary prerequisite for that class  to study speech fundamentals.


PT 514 Philosophy and Methodology of Biblical Preaching (3)

Critical analysis of the science of ser mon construction with emphasis on biblical content and structural unity. Sermons are prepared and delivered in the light of class lectures and research. Class hours are divided between lecture sessions and laboratory time for preaching.


PT 515 Homiletical Approach to Bible Study (3)

A personal method of Bible study is developed which will provide preaching material and assist the preacher in the development of a “homiletical mind.”


PT 601 Church Evangelism (3)

The role of the pastor as an evangelists is strengthened in this course,which equips him in order to start an evangelistic outreach in the localchurch.


PT 602 Pastoring the Smaller Church (3)

The potentiality for a dynamic ministry and impact on the community froma smaller church is highlighted in this course, which includes a study ofthe characteristics of smaller churches.


PT 603 Field Experience (3)

The student is to be involved in an internship of approximately onesemester in length. HE is to keep a log of his activities, and shouldreceive two evaluations from a supervisor.


PT 604 Directed Study In Practical Theology (3)

Selection of an area of concentration in the practical theology department.


PT 605 Preaching Resources in Literature (3)

An exploration of the preacher’s use of classical mythology, classical, and contemporary fiction, poetry, autobiography, and drama.


PT 606 Current Issues in Homiletics and Communication (3)

Seminar-level discussion and advanced individual research on topics dealing with significant issues in the area of homiletics and communication.


PT 607 Spiritual Leadership (3)

A concise and practical approach to developing the qualities of thespirit-felled life in the student as a potential pastor, and then in teachingthose qualities to the congregation.


PT 608 Classical Readings in Bioethical Issues (3)

Readings in bioethics from Hippocrates down to the beginning of the modern bioethics period in Fietcher and Ramsay, with a special focus in the birth and development of the Hippocratic/Judeo-Christian tradition.


PT 609 Contemporary Readings in Bioethical Issues (3)

Readings in bioethics from Romsay on, with a special focus on the secularization of the tradition in such writers as Singer, Engelhardt, and Childress and on recent Christian writing.


PT 610 Thesis for M.Div. (4)

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation andcompletion of the Master of Theology thesis in t he Practical TheologyDepartment.


PT 611 Thesis for D.Min. (4)

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation andcompletion of the Doctor of Ministry thesis.