PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Introduction to Ministry - 1 Hour
Designed to assist in personal assessment of character temperament, learning style, talents, abilities and gifts, ministry and relational skills, and other traits relevant to ministry. Based on these assessments, students will develop a personal plan to accomplish their goals through course work and an integrative paper. Should be taken during first or second semester of enrollment. A materials fee will be charged for this course.
PT 5090 Field Education - 0 Hours
Specific subject sections noted below or as arranged with the Director of Field Education. Contact the Field Education Office, or review the online materials for current descriptions of these areas. Prerequisite: Completed Field Education Orientation (a one-hour session offered during the first week of the fall and spring semester; contact the Field Education Office for dates) or have passed the Field Education Orientation Quiz. Once completed, students are cleared for course enrollment in a Field Education course. Repeatable as needed in the program. Credit / No Credit. Subject sections include the following: Academic Teaching (section 1), Adult Education (section 2), Campus Ministry (section 3), Chaplaincy (section 4), Children and Youth Ministries (section 5), Church Planting (section 6, Compassion and Justice Ministries (section 7), Counseling Ministries (section 8), Cross-Cultural (see PT 5095), Discipleship (section 9), Educational Ministries (section 10), Evangelism (section 11), Leadership and Administration (section 12), Media (section 13), Music and Worship (section 14), Pastoral Ministries (section 15), Urban Ministries (section 16), Women's Ministries (section 17)
PT 5095 Field Education: Cross Cultural Ministries - 0 Hours
Required Field Education course for MDiv students. Contact the Field Education Office, or review the online materials for current description. Credit / No Credit.
PT 5145 Introduction to Urban Structure and Context - 2 Hours
An examination of the history of urbanization with special attention to recent urban trends. Analysis of urban systems in the metropolitan context, with focus on the dynamics, problems, and opportunities in the central city. Students are challenged to reflect on the implications for ministry and the mission of the church in an urban environment. Offered only at the South Chicago Regional Center.
PT 5150 Introduction to Church Planting - 3 Hours
This course will provide the student with an overview of the theology, theory, and practice of a church-planting ministry. Special attention will be given to a model of evangelism for church planting, to the Pauline cycle, and to contemporary models of church planting. A preliminary assessment component for church planters is also included.
PT 5155 Church Planting Boot Camp - 3 Hours
Church Planting Bootcamp provides an introduction to the major start-up issues the planter faces. The objective is to provide a theological foundation and practical ministry skills that will enable the planter to start healthy, growing, reproducing churches. Four stages of church planting: preparation, conception, development, and birth stage are explored. Offered each May.
PT 6000 Current Studies in Pastoral Theology - 1-3 Hours
Topics selected deal with significant issues related to pastoral theology.
PT 6155 Advanced Church Planting - 2 Hours
Students will investigate church planting from a practitioner's point of view. Particular attention will be given to leadership styles and skills, recruitment and training of leaders, and the integration of church growth principles with the practice of church planting. Prerequisite: PT 5150.
PT 6210 Advanced Personal Ministry Development - 1 Hour
A course designed to build on undergraduate study in ministry formation and personal assessment. The course will help students (a) gain a proactive engagement with the learning outcomes of the MDiv program, (b) understand and engage in a biblical model of spiritual formation for ministry, (c) reflect on personal history and assessment instruments, and (d) develop a spiritual and ministry development plan for the MDiv program. Enrollment limited to AP MDiv students only with instructor consent.
PT 6215 Personal Spiritual Formation for Ministry - 2 Hours
An exploration of the culture and dynamics of spiritual life, with special attention given to the nurture of the inner life through spiritual disciplines and participation in Christian community. The course is designed to promote the leading of an exemplary Christian life amid the pressures of school and ministry.
PT 6300 Intro to Chaplain Ministries - 2 Hours
The course will assist participants in exploring and evaluating various chaplaincy options as full or part-time ministry vocations. Though primary emphasis will be given to military and institutional chaplaincies (hospital, hospice, prison, etc.), other options will also be discussed including corporate, law enforcement, National Park, university, and Civil Air Patrol.
PT 7210 Pastoral Practices - 2-3 Hours
A survey of the biblical foundations, qualifications, practices, and pitfalls of pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. Students will consider the importance of God's call to pastoral ministry and how to maintain health and balance in the pastorate. Instructors will seek to foster wisdom that will assist students in various pastoral roles and settings. Prerequisite: PT 5000. Offered fall and spring.
PT 7220 Pastoral Leadership - 2-3 Hours
Foundational insights concerning how pastors exercise leadership in local churches with emphasis on the ways a biblical theology of ministry informs practice. Students will critically engage contemporary perspectives on leadership in the light of a growing understanding of Scripture and the world into which they have been called. Prerequisite: PT 5000. Pre- or corequisite: PT 7210. Offered fall and spring.
PT 7225 The Essence of Biblical Leadership - 2 Hours
In recent years the issue of leadership has occupied a great deal of our thinking and attention. There is no shortage of resources and seminars on the subject. To be sure, there needs to be the infusion of fresh, godly, biblical leadership who are filled with the compassion of Christ and who are committed to advancing His Cause. But what is distinctively Christian leadership? What does the Bible teach about leadership? What is the relationship between leadership and our effectiveness in ministry? These and other questions will be addressed in the course.
PT 7280 Christian Worship - 2-3 Hours
The importance, basic meaning, and historical background of Christian worship, with attention to principles, plans, methods, and resources for worship planning. Offered fall and spring.
PT 7281 Christian Worship Lab - 1 Hour
Building on the Christian Worship course, this lab provides further study and practice for students in the areas of worship planning, formulating and leading corporate prayer, and the public reading of Scripture. Pre- or corequisite: PT 7280. Offered Quad B each semester. Cap of 12.
PT 7410 Denominational History & Polity - 1 Hour
Designed for students seeking a greater understanding of, or anticipating possible placement within, a particular Christian denomination. Attention paid to history, polity, doctrine, missionary outreach, and current trends. This is an independent study course, enabling the student to work with a pastor/ administrator from, and study the history and polity of, a denomination other than the EFCA. To register for course, the student must contact the professor of record to receive clearance. Before registering, the student must select a denominational representative, and the representative must be approved by the professor of record according to TEDS standards for supervision. This class may be taken as an alternative to PT 7412 Comparative Denominational Reading Course, or PT 7415 EFCA History and Polity. Offered every semester.
PT 7412 Comparative Denominational - 1 Hour
Designed for students seeking a greater understanding of two denominations in order to explore and envision how God might use them to serve in ministry, by possibly aligning with one of them. This is an independent study course with attention paid to history, polity, doctrine, missionary outreach, and current trends. To register for course, the student must contact the professor of record to receive clearance to register. Before registering, the student must select two denominations and submit a proposed reading list for comparing them. This class may be taken as an alternative to PT 7410 Denominational History and Polity Reading Course, or PT 7415 EFCA History and Polity. Offered every semester.
PT 7415 Evangelical Free Church History and Polity - 1 Hour
Designed for students seeking a greater understanding of the EFCA or anticipating possible placement within the denomination. Attention paid to history, polity, doctrine, missionary outreach, and current trends. Students are challenged to consider these distinctives in relation to their own concepts of ministry context and potential. Offered fall and spring.
PT 7440 Seminar for Placement - 1 Hour
Seminar designed for senior students who will be seeking placement in various local church ministries. Intended to help students present themselves for greatest possible consideration by prospective churches with an understanding of evaluating appropriate fit in particular ministry settings for long-term fruitfulness. Particular attention paid to ministry transitions and the candidating process. Recommended for students desiring to use the services of the Placement Office. No ThM credit.
PT 7450 Urban Ministry Practicum I - 3 Hours
Focus: urban church education. A practicum that aims to develop skills in structuring Christian education curricula for a particular urban church setting. Opportunities for the student to acquire or increase practical experience and skill in working in, or restructuring, such areas as Sunday school evaluation, curriculum evaluation and selection, and adult education programming with the unique opportunities and problems of the city in mind. Enrollment limited to MA in UM students. Offered only at the South Chicago Regional Center.
PT 7451 Urban Ministry Practicum II - 3 Hours
Focus: organization and administration of the urban programs of the church. A practicum that aims to develop increased skills in management, leadership, and development of leaders. Special attention given to practical organizational and administrative problems in an urban church setting. Enrollment limited to MA in UM students. Offered only at the South Chicago Regional Center.
PT 7452 Urban Ministry Practicum III - 3 Hours
Focus: theology of urban ministries. A practicum that aims to help students develop and reflect upon doctrinal, philosophical, and practical bases for functioning effectively in the city. Enrollment limited to MA in UM students. Offered only at the South Chicago Regional Center.
PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar - 1 Hour
A capstone seminar integrating MDiv program components from the classroom and field experiences with the participant's philosophy of ministry. Emphasis upon the application of ministerial wisdom in ministry dilemmas through case-study exploration. To be taken concurrently or after PT 7465/7466 Internship.
PT 7465 MDiv Internship (Part-time) - 1 Hour
Designed for MDiv or MA/ICS students completing the internship during two consecutive semesters and averaging a minimum of 15 hours per week. Specific subject sections noted below or as arranged with the Director of Internship. Contact the Supervised Ministries Office, or review the online materials for current descriptions of these areas. Considered half-time academic status. Prerequisites: all required PT 5090 and PT 5095 Field Education courses, MDiv or MA/ICS candidacy, the completed Internship Orientation or Internship Orientation Quiz, and written consent of the Director of Internship or ME Department Chair via the Internship Approval Interview. MDiv students should take PT 7460 during or after PT 7465. Repeatable as needed. Letter grade only. Subject sections include the following: Academic Teaching, Adult Education, Campus Ministry, Chaplaincy, Children and Youth Ministries, Church Planting, Compassion and Justice Ministries, Counseling Ministries Discipleship, Educational Ministries, Evangelism, Intercultural Ministries, Leadership and Administration, Media, Music and Worship, Pastoral Ministries, Urban Ministries, Women's Ministries.
PT 7466 MDiv Internship (Full-time) - 2-3 Hours
Designed for MDiv or MA/ICS students completing the internship during one semester, averaging at least thirty hours per week. Specific subject sections noted above or as arranged with the Director of Internship. Contact the Supervised Ministries Office, or review the online materials for current descriptions of these areas. Considered full-time academic status. Prerequisites: all required PT 5090 and 5095 Field Education courses, MDiv or MA/ICS candidacy, the completed Internship Orientation or Internship Orientation Quiz, and written consent of the Director of Internship or ME Department Chair via the Internship Approval Interview. MDiv students should take PT 7460 during or after PT 7466. Repeatable as needed. Letter grade only. See PT 7465 for subject sections.
PT 7471 Urban Ministry Project Design/Research - 2 Hours
Research and design for professional projects involving pastoral ministry and outreach in an urban context. Includes a careful statement of specific project activities, measurable objectives, and evaluation procedures. Prerequisite: completion of all classroom studies in the MA in UM. Offered only at the South Chicago Regional Center.
PT 7472 Urban Ministry Project Report - 3 Hours
PT 7501 Guided Research - 1-4 Hours
Independent research on an approved selected topic under a faculty member in the department bearing the course prefix. May be repeated for credit as the subject matter changes. Available in all departments. Letter grade or Credit / No Credit as arranged with faculty member.
PT 7710 Maintaining Unity & Purity in the Church - 3 Hours
This course explores the nature of the unity of the church and its grounding in the triune nature of God and his reconciling work in Christ. Specifically addressed are issues of unity between churches (ecumenicity); multiethnic, intergenerational, socio-economic, and gender unity in the church; and doctrinal and moral dimensions of the unity of the church.
PT 7720 Perserverance, Assurance & Ministry - 3 Hours
This course is a study of the soteriological issues of the perseverance of the saints and the assurance of salvation and their impact on pastoral ministry. Topics to be considered will include biblical and theological frameworks for understanding these doctrines, the goal of pastoral ministry in light of these doctrines, preaching, especially from the warning passages of Scripture, pastoral care, especially in times of suffering, dealing with doubt, discipleship of believers at various points in their spiritual journeys, and evangelism and the offer of assurance.
PT 7722 Developing a Healthy Congregational Culture - 2 Hours
This course will explore a topic that is critical in the life of the church and yet is often overlooked: the formation of a congregational culture. In various ways, congregational culture impacts the shaping of the identity, mission, and spiritual formation of all local churches. However, the formation of the congregational culture becomes even more critical when a congregation is facing the challenge of forming or maintaining generational, ethnic, or socio-economic class diversity. In this course, we will seek to understand what congregational culture is, why it is so essential in the formation of a healthy church, and how it is formed.
PT 7724 Ministry in Under-Resourced Communities - 3 Hours
This course aims to equip students with biblical motivation and strategies for serving those who are in need in their communities. There are three course objectives, each of which involves the student developing a desire and ability to answer effectively the following three questions: (1) Do Christians and their churches have a responsibility to help meet not only the spiritual but also the material (social, economic, political) needs of people? (2) How can Christians respond to particular contemporary challenges such as those posed by family breakdown, the media, business, racism and poverty? (3) What means of structural change can be pursued by Christians today?.
PT 7820 Developing Asian American Min - 2 Hours
Given the Asian American church's unique socio-cultural setting and the particular set of challenges it faces, how should it care for its people and carry out its mission to the world? This course will examine the Asian American church experience from historical, sociological, and theological perspectives and then explore some of the models/approaches of ministry that might be appropriate for this particular context.
PT 7842 Understanding the Urban World - 2 Hours
The main focus of the course will be on modern and postmodern patterns of urbanization. Urban systems will be analyzed in their metropolitan as well as global contexts, and special attention will be given to the social, cultural, and economic restructurings that are taking place within the city. The student will be continually challenged to reflect on the unique ministry and mission implications that the urban context poses for the whole church.
PT 7848 Ministry of the Urban Church - 2 Hours
Through the lens of a biblical understanding of the church and its purposes, this course will examine the urban environment, with focused attention on the central city, the poor, and ethnic/minority communities as a context for ministry. The special needs in these contexts will be examined and related to the ministry challenge of the local church. The ministry task of the local church will in turn be examined in terms of the pastoral leadership role, including the personal dimensions of the minister's life and preparation, as well as the actual practice of ministry.
PT 7860 Social & Cultural Exegesis - 2-3 Hours
This course seeks to equip the student to critically analyze the social and cultural context of today's changing world from a biblical and theologically informed perspective. Special attention will be given to the social processes that have historically shaped our culture, from the post-1800s urbanization to postmodernism. The course will then seek to help the student to understand the dialectic relationship between the church and its surrounding culture/society and the church's prophetic call to be a change-producing agent.
PT 7870 Ministry of Mercy & Justice - 2 Hours
To equip students with biblical motivation and strategies for serving those who are in need in their communities. There are three course objectives, each of which involves the student developing a desire and ability to answer effectively the following three questions: (1) Do Christians have a responsibility to help meet not only the spiritual but also the material (social, economic, political) needs of people? (2) What means of structural change, if any, are allowable and most appropriate for Christians today? (3) How can Christians respond to particular contemporary challenges such as those posed by family breakdown, the media, business, racism and poverty?.
PT 8000 Current Issues - 2-3 Hours
Seminar discussion and advanced individual research on significant issues in pastoral theology.
PT 8980 ThM Major Research Paper - 0-1 Hours
ThM participants completing the two capstone research paper option must register for PT 8980 in their department concurrent with registration for the advanced elective course in which they are writing a ThM capstone research paper. Paper parameters are found in the Academic Handbook and paper objectives are specifically articulated in consultation with the faculty member on the online Capstone Proposal Form. Registration occurs twice at the same time as registration for the course, once for each paper. Credit / No Credit. (Both the course and the paper must be graded "C"- or better to receive credit for the paper.)
PT 8985 ThM Thesis - 0-3 Hours
ThM thesis writers register for PT 8985 in the department of their concentration. Prerequisite: Approved thesis proposal on file in the Dean's Office and other department-specific prerequisites. Counts as full-time academic status. (35 hours of academic work per week.) Letter grade or Credit / No Credit as arranged with the department.
PT 8986 ThM Thesis Extension - 0 Hours
A total of three semesters extension for PT 8986 may be granted when progress is being made on the thesis. Extension fee when not enrolled in other courses. Counts as full-time academic status for the first semester, quarter time thereafter. No Credit.