Graduate Course Catalog

Pastoral Leadership

PL 501 – Foundations of Liturgy

  • Course Number: PL 501
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Liturgy consists of the practices of a church for public worship. The student will gain a comprehensive view of the scriptural principles involved in Christian liturgical practices historically and today. The course begins with a study of the New Testament Church gatherings. Using Old Testament examples and New Testament teaching, the student will analyze the basic elements of church gatherings, as well as principles and keys for leading congregants in a service. The student will be provided with practical, Spirit-led guidelines. Students are coached in simple applications of these principles. These topics are studied primarily via the lens of the Scriptures, the course textbooks, and readings from John Robert Stevens.

PL 510 – Stewardship and Administration

  • Course Number: PL 510
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Stewardship and Administration will guide the student through an analysis of the qualities of an effective leader and the requirement of faithful stewardship in the church. Topics covered in this course include leadership, delegation, administration, stewardship, church finances, church records, and risk management.

PL 512 – Church Law

  • Course Number: PL 512
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Church Law allows the student to discover why it is important to have a basic understanding of the law as it pertains to a church and its ministry. The impact of the law continues to grow and the laws continue to change on a regular basis. In this course the student will study how the constitution, federal laws, and state laws affect a church. While a complete study of the law is well beyond the scope of this course, the course materials will provide a basic foundation for understanding how to conduct church affairs in today’s legal environment. Such an understanding will assist in avoiding an inadvertent violation of the law, as well as allowing the church and its ministers to take advantage of the opportunities and protections that the law provides. It will also provide a framework for knowing when to seek professional advice, and for understanding the answers.

PL 521 – Messianic Jewish Worship Music Leading

  • Course Number: PL 521
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Worship leaders and students interested in multicultural experiences find themselves drawn to Messianic Jewish music. Messianic Jewish Worship Music Leading introduces and equips students with the necessary understanding and abilities to utilize Messianic worship in the lives of their congregations and communities. Students gain a biblical and historical basis for Messianic music as well as practical hands-on tools for leading worship teams with excellence. This course includes practice with singing, playing an instrument, and leading a band. Experience or professional skills are not a prerequisite. The course also focuses on the heart of worship. In addition to being a stand-alone worship genre, Messianic music is also an excellent evangelistic tool. Thereby, the course offers resources for those students seeking to share the gospel with Jewish people.