Master of Pastoral Theology

Pastor John Wilkerson teaching Discipleship

This two-year program of study is a master’s-level course in pastoral theology. The Master of Pastoral Theology degree requires sixty-four semester hours.

The combination of zeal and knowledge which typifies Hyles-Anderson College has become known across America. This same proven combination is offered on a graduate level at Hyles-Anderson Seminary.

Our program combines advanced Bible training with a practical emphasis on preaching, soul winning, and building New Testament churches. Hyles-Anderson Seminary is taught only by professors who are experts in their fields and who go soul winning every week.

While attending the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, students learn from pulpit preaching, invitations, baptismal services, funerals, weddings, business meetings, and much more. Each student studies the varied, successful ministries of the First Baptist Church and has the opportunity to be involved in these ministries, which include the following:

  • Church planting
  • Truck stop ministry
  • Sunday schools
  • Choirs
  • Discipleship
  • Orchestra
  • Reformers Unanimous
  • Deaf ministry
  • Bus ministry
  • Blind ministry
  • Soul-winning visitation
  • Jail ministry
  • Spanish work
  • Rest home ministry
  • Youth work
  • Developmentally challenged ministry

We believe that you don’t have to wait until you graduate to be in the ministry; you can be in the ministry while you are training for the ministry. What is taught in the classroom Monday through Friday is made practical on the weekends in the Chicagoland area.

Hyles-Anderson College Pastoral Graduates

The program listed below is for those who are graduates of Hyles-Anderson College with majors in pastoral theology, pastoral assistant, or missions. This is a master’s-level course in pastoral theology. This course of study is sixty-four semester hours leading to a Master of Pastoral Theology degree.

Fall Semester

Biblical language courses (3 credits)

Church and School Finance Prime emphasis is given to the methods and means used in running the financial affairs of successful churches and schools, including the preparation of the budget and the control of expenditures in order to balance them with the operational budget.


Bible electives (6 credits)

Thesis

Introduction to Education This course includes a brief history of education and its importance to our culture. It also gives an introduction to the art of teaching.

Spring Semester

Biblical language courses (3 credits)

Philosophy of Education This study places Christian education in its proper perspective with an emphasis upon its historical and philosophical developments. The course also emphasizes the philosophy behind the methods and goals of Christian education.


Music electives (2 credits)

History electives (3 credits)

Bible electives (3 credits)

Missions electives (2 credits)

Fall Semester

Cults The historical and theological positions of modern-day perversions of Biblical truth, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, Adventists, and Roman Catholics, are addressed.


Education electives (4 credits)

Music electives (2 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Missions electives (3 credits)

Bible electives (3 credits)

Spring Semester

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit The ministry of the Holy Spirit as He works in and through the believer is examined in this course.


Education electives (4 credits)

Music electives (2 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Missions electives (3 credits)

Bible electives (3 credits)

Graduates of Other Christian Colleges

This program is for those who are graduates of other Christian colleges or Hyles-Anderson graduates with majors other than pastoral theology, pastoral assistant, or missions. This is a master’s-level course in pastoral theology. It is sixty-four semester hours leading to a Master of Pastoral Theology degree.

Fall Semester

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Biblical language courses (3 credits)

Church and School Finance Prime emphasis is given to the methods and means used in running the financial affairs of successful churches and schools, including the preparation of the budget and the control of expenditures in order to balance them with the operational budget.


Personal Evangelism An emphasis on the man, methods, message, and means of evangelism. This course is a careful study of the Spirit-filled life of the soul winner as well as the work.


Spiritual Leadership


Thesis

Bible elective

Spring Semester

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Biblical language courses (3 credits)

Prayer A study of the importance of prayer for the Christian with emphasis placed on the Biblical explanation and practical application of vital lessons.


Music in the Soul-Winning Church A basic course on church music for the preacher, with the pastor and his congregation in mind. Instruction is given regarding music personnel, congregational singing, the pastor and the music program, and the purpose of music.


Bible and Science A definition of science, its applications and limitations; a study showing that true science points to and is in harmony with the Bible; a development of the idea that secular humanism requires more faith than literal Bible belief.


Theology of Finance This course examines various aspects of finance from a Biblical perspective. Hard work, thriftiness, generosity, and more is covered.

Fall Semester

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Cults The historical and theological positions of modern-day perversions of Biblical truth, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, Adventists, and Roman Catholics, are addressed.


Evangelistic Song Leading This practical course is designed to train Christian workers to effectively lead congregational singing. Music fundamentals, technical aspects of song leading, and leadership are discussed.


Bible electives (6 credits)

Missions electives (2 credits)

Spring Semester

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit The ministry of the Holy Spirit as He works in and through the believer is examined in this course.


Principles of Leadership


Starting a New Testament Church Practical ideas including how to choose a location, conducting your first service, hiring staff, and much more are addressed in this comprehensive course about starting a church.


Ministry Finance Ministry Finance This course covers basic financial principles, both Biblical and practical, which are necessary for anyone involved in the ministry. Special emphasis is given to correct Biblical thinking concerning finances, caring for both personal and ministry finances, creating budgets, and working with financial professionals.


Missions electives (6 credits)

Graduates of Secular Colleges

A student who is not a graduate of a Christian college may request to be placed in a special program for the Master of Pastoral Theology degree. This program would build on the individual’s past educational background.

First Year

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Old Testament Survey This course is a foundational survey of the Old Testament. The purpose, distinctives, characteristics, and broad outline of each book are presented to give a grasp of the entire Old Testament.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Personal Evangelism An emphasis on the man, methods, message, and means of evangelism. This course is a careful study of the Spirit-filled life of the soul winner as well as the work.


Discipleship


Bible elective

Acts of the Apostles This course covers the book of Acts with its evangelism and church growth.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


New Testament Survey This foundational survey of the New Testament covers the author, background, and purpose, as well as a broad outline of each book to give a grasp of the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the beginning, purpose, place, and instructions concerning the New Testament Church.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Baptist Principles and Preachers A course covering the foundational beliefs of Baptists and the leaders of fundamental, independent Baptists in America.


Basic Homiletics This study of the preparation and delivery of sermons is designed to instruct in selecting, outlining, and gathering materials, as well as in delivering the message.


Personal Finance This course, presented with a Biblical view of money and finances, trains students to handle financial matters, including the basics of setting up a family budget, dealing with credit, types of insurance coverage, and bank accounts.

Second Year

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Thesis

Hermeneutics A practical course on Bible study including techniques, tools, and tips to aid in the searching of the Scriptures. This course includes a historical survey of the Bible as well as the tools necessary to enrich a student’s love for the Bible.


Advanced Homiletics Further study in preparation and delivery of sermons is given with emphasis placed on the preparation of messages for special occasions as well as on regular preaching. Practice preaching with careful evaluation is included.


Life of Christ A concise study of the four Gospels begins with a historical background of the Intertestamental period and a brief study of the geography of Palestine. An overview of the four-fold picture of Jesus emphasizes His birth, ministry, death, resurrection, post-resurrection appearances, and ascension. The inspired harmony of the books is shown.


Prayer A study of the importance of prayer for the Christian with emphasis placed on the Biblical explanation and practical application of vital lessons.


Music in the Soul-Winning Church A basic course on church music for the preacher, with the pastor and his congregation in mind. Instruction is given regarding music personnel, congregational singing, the pastor and the music program, and the purpose of music.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


United States History I The history of the United States from the PreColumbian civilizations to 1877, studying the political, social, and economic developments of America.


Preachers' Writing Seminar The mechanics of writing with a review of punctuation and sentence structure are taught. Assignments include the writing of a brochure, letters, a church bulletin, a Sunday school lesson, and a narrative.


Church and School Transportation Designed to instruct the students to become proficient in operating buses and vans used in church transportation, this class will give comprehensive training in general driving and safety education.


The Book of Genesis This thorough study of the first book of the Bible places special emphasis on Creation, the Flood, and the early history of the world as taught in God’s Word.


Evangelistic Song Leading This practical course is designed to train Christian workers to effectively lead congregational singing. Music fundamentals, technical aspects of song leading, and leadership are discussed.


Theology of Finance This course examines various aspects of finance from a Biblical perspective. Hard work, thriftiness, generosity, and more is covered.

Third Year

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Elementary Greek I This course is designed to build a basic foundation of New Testament Greek grammar along with the acquiring of skills for translation. The student will have a practical knowledge of how to do a word study and how to analyze and explain Scripture passages for teaching and preaching, uncovering a wealth of hidden truths.


Systematic Theology I A study of the Bible doctrines of the Trinity, the Church, Heaven, and Hell.


Apologetics This introductory course surveys the system of apologetics as well as the evidences for the central truths of the Christian faith. This course will assist students in constructing a framework through which they may understand the key attacks against the existence of God, Hell, the authenticity and reliability of the Bible, Jesus, and the resurrection, with evil and world suffering also addressed. Students will be equipped to give a solid response in defense of their faith.


Pastoral Epistles This course acquaints students with the various blessings, dangers, and responsibilities of pastoring as presented in the only three epistles specifically addressed to the pastor.


Credits toward concentration
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Elementary Greek II


Systematic Theology II A study of the Bible doctrines of salvation, sin, man, angels, and Satan.


Principles of Church Growth This course on how to build the Sunday school includes topics such as visiting prospects, preparing lessons, and following up on converts.


Ministry Finance This course covers basic financial principles, both Biblical and practical, which are necessary for anyone involved in the ministry. Special emphasis is given to correct Biblical thinking concerning finances, caring for both personal and ministry finances, creating budgets, and working with financial professionals.


Credits toward concentration (2 credits)

Fourth Year

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Elementary Hebrew This study of Biblical Hebrew introduces the alphabet and principles of grammar with emphasis on understanding how to use various research tools for finding precise meanings of Old Testament words and preparing Scripture texts for preaching and teaching.


Credits toward concentration (6 credits)

Systematic Theology III A study of the Bible doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, last things, and the Scriptures.


Introduction to Biblical Counseling This course provides the foundation for a Biblical counseling ministry, including an accurate view of man, the doctrines of Biblical sufficiency and progressive sanctification, the role of the counselor, and ethics. Practical help is provided in gathering information, determining the problem, working on change, and using homework.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Bible electives (3 credits)

Credits toward concentration (6 credits)

Starting a New Testament Church Practical ideas including how to choose a location, conducting your first service, hiring staff, and much more are addressed in this comprehensive course about starting a church.

For more information, please consult the college catalog.

You may also contact the Academic Office at 219.365.4031, ext. 1210.

Bro. Abdel Judeh teaching his students in New Testament Survey