Pastoral Theology (Men)

This academic program is designed specifically for men preparing for the full-time pastorate. Students will receive instruction in areas such as Biblical languages, discipleship, homiletics, hermeneutics, youth ministry, and church business. All Bible majors include extensive education in Bible doctrines.

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.

Freshman

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 an 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 This course provides an emphasis on the man, methods, message, and means of evangelism, and it includes a careful study of the Spirit-filled life of the soul winner as well as the work.


Discipleship This course emphasizes the Biblical and practical principles of training believers to become spiritually mature.


Life Skills A course covering a variety of topics including finances, study skills, health, critical-thinking skills, time management, life planning, and more.


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 an 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).


21st-Century Missions


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.

Sophomore

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 an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


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


Hermeneutics This is 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 instruction in preparation and delivery of sermons is given with an emphasis placed on the preparation of messages for special occasions as well as on regular preaching. Practice preaching with careful evaluation is included.


Counseling Moral Failures This course seeks to examine and practically address moral issues that people face including adultery, pornography, fornication, and more. These moral issues are explored from their deepest root source in the heart with the doctrines of guilt, shame, fear, deliverance, and redemption emphasized in the Scriptures.


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


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 an 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 pre-Columbian 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.


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


Elective

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.

Junior

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 an 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.


Credits toward minor (6 credits) Courses will be assigned based on the student's minor.
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 an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Elementary Greek II 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 II A study of the Bible doctrines of salvation, sin, man, angels, and Satan.


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 minor (4 credits) Courses will be assigned based on the student's minor.

Senior

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 an 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 minor (6 credits) Courses will be assigned based upon the student's minor.


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 an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


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.


Electives (2 credits)

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.


Credits toward minor (6 credits) Courses will be assigned based upon the student's minor.


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.

Pastor John Wilkerson teaching Discipleship