Pastoral Ministry Course List

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Old Testament

Old Testament History and Literature I (BOT 1000)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from Genesis through the book of Judges. The poetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.

Old Testament History and Literature II (BOT 1001)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from the time of Samuel through the Post-Exilic era. The prophetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.  

Old Testament Electives  7 credits (3 upper division)

New Testament

New Testament History and Literature (BNT 1000)  3 credits
Overview of the New Testament giving special attention to the history, background, content, and main message of the individual New Testament books and the New Testament as a whole.

Synoptic Gospels (BNT 3008)  3 credits
Comparison of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, emphasizing Christ’s earthly mission. Attention given to the social, cultural, and political background of these books.

New Testament Electives  3 credits

Biblical Studies Approach

Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 1002)  3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.

Advanced Hermeneutics (BSA 3019)  3 credits
Study of various interpretive issues including the canon, translation issues, text criticism, and contemporary methods of interpretation.

Bible Electives

Bible Electives  3 credits (upper division)

Theology

Christian Faith (TH 2005)  4 credits
An introduction to the main people, events, and theological positions of the Christian Tradition. Contents will focus on the doctrine of the Bible, God, humankind, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church, and the last days.

Contemporary Issues in American Society (TH 2222)  2 credits
This class will examine topics in American society which are currently under debate, such as homosexuality and the origins of the universe. The course will examine these topics by looking at the various positions evidenced in current American society. These positions will then be examined in relation to the biblical text.

Biblical Theology (TH 4005)  3 credits
Study of the major biblical themes in the Old and New Testaments including the kingdom of God, covenants, temple, law, and people of God. Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program.

General Education

Communications

College Writing I (ENG 1000) 3 credits
Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or ENG-0099
Emphasis on improving skills and effectiveness in written communication through critical reading of diverse literary genres and extensive writing. Course deals with developing authorial voice and adapting that voice to academic audiences.

College Writing II (ENG 1001)  3 credits
Continued emphasis on composition with concentration on critical and creative thinking. Includes use of sources, research methods, and preparation of college-level research papers.

Introduction to Preaching (PM 3002)  3 credits
Introduction to the pastorate exploring qualifications, job descriptions, candidating, and general pastoral functions. Emphasis placed on developing a biblical model of a pastor/shepherd and a philosophy of ministry. Includes a serious consideration of the “call” to ministry and the student’s relationship to it.

Humanities

Freshman Seminar (HUM 1002)  1 credit
Introduction of collegiate level study skills and other disciplines necessary for success at the undergraduate level. Includes an overview of the philosophy and community dynamics which defines the OHCC experience.

Worldviews (HUM 2007)  3 credits
Examination of the theoretical and practical expressions of various worldviews. Designed to help students realize that all thinking and writing has a starting point in a world view.

Humanities Elective  2 credits

Senior Seminar (HUM 4002)  2 credits
Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree at OHCC. Course features reflection on one’s college experience, practical preparation for the next steps beyond college, and integration of faith and theology with contemporary issues.

Social Science

World History (HI 2003)  3 credits
A study of the ancient Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European roots of modern Western civilization through the Renaissance/Reformation era.

Church History I (HI 3150)  3 credits
Prerequisite: HI 2003

Study of the history of the Christian church from its founding to the pres - ent. Special emphasis on the people, events, and doctrinal controversies significant in the growth of Christianity. Includes exploration of the inter - play of Christianity with politics, the great church councils, the crises that emerge, divisions and alliances, and confluence of forces that determine the complexity of the Christian church today.

Modern Religious Movements (CUL 2001)  2 credits
Study of the developments of alternative spiritual and social movements in modern North America. Includes study of the hermeneutics, history, teachings, literature, and methods of these movements. Students will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of both Christian-derived and non-Christian movements.

Science/Math

Science/Math Elective   3 credits

Other

General Education Electives  8 credits

Pastoral Ministry

Spiritual Formation I (CM 1001) 3 credits
Course focuses on developing a Christ-centered life and awareness of ministry avenues. Special emphases on spiritual gifts, missions, and submitting each area of life to God.

Spiritual Formation II (CM 1002)  3 credits
Course introduces the basic concepts and skills needed for evangelism and discipleship. Emphases include understanding the world around us while communicating one’s faith, exploring one’s role as a disciple, and effective ways to disciple other followers of Christ.

Teaching in Ministry (CM 2009)  3 credits
Practical survey of the skills needed and resources available for teaching in children, youth, or adult ministries.

Student Outreach (CM 1200, 2200, 3200)  6 credits
Includes weekly volunteer experiences under the direction of the Student Outreach Director. Ministry areas include evangelism, discipleship, and social concern. Students’ experiences are facilitated by qualified supervisors who provide accountability and feedback. Outreach must complement the student’s major during the junior year.

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (PM 2001)  2 credits*
Introduction to the pastorate exploring qualifications, job descriptions, candidating, and general pastoral functions. Emphasis placed on developing a biblical model of a pastor/shepherd and a philosophy of ministry. Includes a serious consideration of the “call” to ministry and the student’s relationship to it.

Introduction to Counseling (CO 2001)  3 credits
Course introduces basic counseling skills. Primarily focuses on skill development with some class time devoted to counseling theory. Includes learning and practicing counseling skills in the classroom setting. Christian perspectives of counseling presented in order for students to integrate newly acquired skills into a variety of contexts.

Marriage and Family Counseling (CO 3003)  2 credits
Prerequisite: CO-2001

Presents a view of the contemporary family and strategies in counseling them. Gives an understanding of how families work as systems and how therapy is effective. Information based upon clinical reports, social science research, and biblical perspectives.

Effective Pastoral Ministry (PM 4001)  3 credits
Emphasis on learning about and developing ministry skills. Identifies and wrestles with common ministerial problems. Hands-on projects and case studies required. Special sessions on worship, personal development, and pastoral counseling.

Professional Ethics (PS 3003)  2 credits
Provides an introduction to legal responsibilities and liabilities, state mental health laws, family law, confidentiality, codes of ethics among various professional organizations, licensure and certification, mandatory reporting, and professional identity. Application of ethical behavior in one’s vocation emphasized.

Introduction to Hebrew (BSA 2002)  1 credit**
Introduction to Hebrew and the many tools and resources available to the student possessing a limited knowledge of the language.

Introduction to Greek (BSA 2003)  1 credit**
Introduction to Greek and the many tools and resources available to the student possessing a limited knowledge of the language.

Pastoral Ministry Internship (PM 4010 )  6 credits
Intern gains practical experience in church-related work under supervision. Exposure given to a variety of aspects of ministry.

Free Electives

Free Electives 16 credits (3 upper division)

Summary

Biblical Studies 40 credits

General Education 36 credits

Pastoral Ministry 38 credits

Free Electives 12 credits

Total 126 credits

**We highly recommend that Pastoral Ministry students take one of the biblical language sequences. The corresponding introductory requirement will be waived for students who choose this option.

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