PSTD (Pastoral Studies)

PSTD (Pastoral Studies)

PSTD 511 Theology and Practice of Worship
2 hours. Examines the purposes of worship and its biblical, theological, and historical roots. It also focuses on evaluating current trends in worship, understanding the connection of worship to evangelism, learning how to plan and lead worship, and exploring the role of music and the arts in worship.

PSTD 512 Essentials of Preaching
2 hours. Introduces students to the theology of preaching and to the principles of sermon construction and delivery. The purpose of preaching as an essential element in the ministry of the church will be considered, as well as the various sermon types and communication techniques used to convey the timeless message of Scripture within a contemporary setting.

PSTD 513 Pastoral Ministry I
2 hours. Analyzes the theological, biblical, and historical basis for various models of pastoral ministry. Students will reflect on the meaning of call and ordination and work on developing professional competencies with presiding over the sacraments and performing funerals and weddings. (Note: students who take PSTD 513 must also take PSTD 514, unless permission to take just one is granted by the instructor.)

PSTD 514 Pastoral Ministry II
2 hours. Analyzes the theological, biblical, and historical basis for developing one's values in, and philosophy of, pastoral ministry. Students will work on developing professional competencies with providing educational and prophetic leadership to the local community. (Note: students who take PSTD 513 must also take PSTD 514, unless permission to take just one is granted by the instructor.)

PSTD 521 Pastoral Counseling and Ethics I
2 hours. An introduction to the counseling role of the minister. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with basic counseling methods in relation to the typical situations encountered in pastoral ministry. Special attention will be given to marital and family dynamics and process, as well as to the minister's own marriage and family. One of the principal objectives will be to help the student recognize when and how to refer persons to qualified mental health professionals.

PSTD 522 Pastoral Counseling and Ethics II
2 hours. An introduction to the counseling role of the minister or spiritual director. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with a basic counseling method in relation to the typical situations encountered in ministry. Special attention will be given to healthy differentiation and ministerial ethics. One of the principal objectives will be to help the student recognize when and how to refer persons to qualified mental health professionals. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 521 and PSTD 522, in direct sequence.)

PSTD 550 World Religions
3 hours. Jesus followers need to interact and engage with an inquiring mind, in a knowledgeable way and in a Christ-like manner with peoples of other faiths. This course provides an overview of the major World Religions including the place of Christianity in the religious arena. It offers a foundation for understanding different religions, their development, worldviews and cultural impact. A summary of major religious figures, central doctrines/teachings, sacred myths and texts –including potential emerging world religions –will lead to a discussion of appropriate Christian responses to the world’s religions and their adherents. Indigenous values such as respecting others and story-telling are central to the approach utilized in this course. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

PSTD 555 Seminar in Pastoral Studies I
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 555 and PSTD 565.)

PSTD 562 Clinical Pastoral Education: Practicum
4 hours. Chaplain internship at an approved CPE center. See Hospital Chaplaincy section of the MDiv program description for more information. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 562, PSTD 563, and PSTD 564.)

PSTD 563 Chaplaincy Integrative Seminar I: Continued Practicum
2 hours. Chaplain internship at an approved CPE center. Upon completion of one CPE unit, the student sends a copy of the final supervisor's report to the CPE director in order to receive 6 credits pf CPE. See Hospital Chaplaincy section of the MDiv program description for more information.  (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 562, PSTD 563, and PSTD 564.)

PSTD 564 Chaplaincy Integrative Seminar II: Grief and Loss
2 hours. Exploration of theories and practices for chaplaincy ministry related to issues of grief and loss.  (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 562, PSTD 563, and PSTD 564.)

PSTD 565 Seminar in Pastoral Studies II
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 555 and PSTD 565.)

PSTD 568 Ministerial Apprenticeship I
2-4 hours. A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569.)

PSTD 569 Ministerial Apprenticeship II
2 hours. A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569.)

PSTD 595 Special Study in Pastoral Studies
1 to 3 hours. A specially designed and individually tailored course of research involving in-depth study of a particular question, problem, or issue presented by the student. The student must make application for the study prior to registration for the semester in which the study will be carried out. The application must be approved by the faculty member overseeing the study and the departmental chair. Special arrangements for regular courses of study must be approved by the dean.