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Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral leadership is a program for those who feel called to be vocational or bi-vocational pastors and leaders in ministry. Students have the opportunity to live out what they learn in the classroom as they enter into practicums that equip them for church leadership.

As students study the Bible, theology and practice servant-hearted leadership, they develop a solid foundation for a life in ministry. Graduates from this program have gone on to work as pastors in various capacities, such as, senior leadership, children & youth ministries and in parachurch organizations. Others have continued with graduate studies or have pursued missions work around the world. 

"Stepping into PLBC was exactly what I needed."

When I felt the call to pastoral ministry, although potent, it was foggy and unclear. Stepping into PLBC was exactly what I needed. It grounded that calling, reinforced it with theological understanding and provided practical insight for leadership in ministry. The school created an atmosphere for me to test and confirm what God placed in my heart years before. I finished my time at PLBC with the fog lifted, a greater conviction to the pastoral call and a full set of tools to get the job done.

Victor Maynard

The Specifics.

Purpose

This program is designed for those who are preparing specifically for pastoral ministry. The core requirements provide a broad foundation of personal and pastoral leadership development in pastoral care, evangelism, and public ministry.

Program Length
  • 129 credit hours
  • 4 years full-time
Program Director

Dean Davey, MA (PhD cand)

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning goals and objectives required for all degree programs, the Pastoral Leadership major will enable graduates to:

  1. Articulate a biblical and personal philosophy of ministry.
  2. Lead others as they serve with integrity of character.
  3. Serve with confidence knowing their unique blend of personality, giftedness, and  passion.
  4. Experience a mentoring relationship with a pastor of a local church during intensive ministry involvement.
  5. Exercise competencies in pastoral ministry, including preaching, leading, and   counselling.
  6. Build team leadership as a core value in local churches.
Major Requirements

In addition to completing the 66 credit core, Pastoral Leadership Majors also take the following:

BIBLE OR THEOLOGY COURSES

Theological Method
4 Bible and Theology Electives

Pastoral ministry courses

Theory and Practice

Spiritual Formation II
Pastoral Ministry
Homiletics I
Church Leadership and Administration
Pastoral Counselling
Leadership Development
Marriage and Family
Church Growth Strategies

Practicum

Pastoral Ministry Practicum I, II, III, IV, V, & VI

Capstone

Senior Seminar

OPEN ELECTIVES

5 Open Electives

SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning (4 semesters)

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