Programs in the Pastoral Training Department
Churches today need pastors, assistant pastors, and youth pastors to care for the spiritual needs of people. If you think God is leading you to be a pastor, pursue that goal. The Apostle Paul said that it is a "good work" (1 Timothy 3:1). Serving as a pastor is a great opportunity to win people to Christ and help them grow in their Christian faith.
Faith specializes in training pastors. Hundreds of men pastoring churches today studied at Faith. The Pastoral Training Department will equip you to serve as a pastor, an assistant pastor, or a youth pastor.
Faith offers three options in Pastoral Training.
• Pastoral major with a Biblical Counseling minor
• Pastoral major with a Greek minor
• Pastoral major with a Biblical Counseling and Greek minor
Core Courses in Pastoral Training
• Church Administration
• Church Planting and Church Growth
Biblical Counseling Minor
Children, youth, and adults face increasing difficulties and pressures today. They are looking for answers. An important part of a pastor's ministry is counseling people and helping them find answers to their problems from the Scriptures. In this minor you will take 17 hours of Biblical Counseling courses to learn how to use the Scriptures to help people face their challenges and problems. You will be prepared to make a spiritual impact in their lives.
Specialized Courses in the Biblical Counseling Minor
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Ministry to the Aging
If you want to gain an in-depth understanding of the New Testament to aid in your preaching, you will want to consider this program. It includes 8 hours of homiletics and 12 hours of Greek. The Greek training will help you understand the Bible more accurately so you can better relate it to your people. With this kind of training you will have the tools to study the Word and to preach effectively. This course of study is an excellent preparation for seminary training.
Specialized Courses in the Greek Minor
• Greek I, II, III, IV
Biblical Counseling and Greek Minor
For a complete program in pastoral training, you can combine 17 hours of Biblical counseling with 12 hours of Greek into a double minor. This combination gives you a thorough education in counseling and in the Greek language so you are prepared to pastor with confidence and to help people change according to God's Word. This course of study is an excellent preparation for seminary training.
Specialized Courses in the Biblical Counseling and Greek Minor
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Ministry to the Aging
Overview of the Pastoral Training Program
The Pastoral Training program at Faith prepares men to serve the Lord effectively as pastors, assistant pastors, or youth pastors in local churches. This program is designed to give students Biblical, theological, and practical for pastoral ministry. The student who graduates with a Pastoral Training major from Faith will be equipped to preach, teach, conduct administrative duties, counsel, serve the Lord with passion, and minister effective to people in ministry whether as a senior pastor or an assistant pastor. The pastoral education a student will receive from Faith represents current thinking, has a solid foundation in Biblical teaching, is flavored by positive ministry experience, and is strongly grounded in theology. Many men find that they need seminary training to equip them further for effective pastoral ministry today. Faith Baptist Theological Seminary can sharpen your ministry skills.
Faculty in the Pastoral Training Department
Dr. Daniel Brown joined the Faith faculty in the fall of 2012 after an extensive background in pastoral ministry and seminary teaching. In addition to his pastoral ministry in New Jersey, he has served chruches as an interim pastor as well, making him a seasoned pastor and teacher of pastors. Dr. Brown's wife, Mary Jo, also joined the Faith faculty at the same time, so they are able to minister as a team. Dr. Brown is noted for his strong fundamental Baptist position. The Browns have four daughters.
• B.S., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.Div, Th.M., Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
• D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary
Pastoral and Teaching Experience
• Youth Pastor, Blissfield Baptist Church, Blissfield, Michigan
• Assistant Pastor, Southwest Calvary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
• Faculty, Denver Baptist Bible College, Denver, Colorado
• Senior Pastor, Kendall Park Baptist Church, Kendall Park, New Jersey
• Faculty, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minnesota
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Serving on the Pastoral Staff
Contact Dr. Brown to learn more about the college and seminary Pastoral Training Department at Faith.
Pastoral Training and Bible
A graduate of the Faith Pastoral Training program will not lack for opportunities for ministry. Churches are constantly looking for senior pastors, assistant pastors, and youth pastors. The Lord leads other men to the ministry of church planting in the United States. Churches regularly contact Faith looking for resumes for pastoral positions. The Faith Placement Office will help you prepare your resume and send it to churches. Some men may not enter vocational ministry but will return to their churches to serve as youth leaders and teachers. Whatever path you take with this degree, you can always be actively involved in service for Christ.
Courses in the Pastoral Training Department
M-PT 202 Introduction to Homiletics (2) Introduces students to preaching, the preacher, the audience, and basic elements of the sermon with concentration on expository preaching. Prerequisite: G-CO 205 Introduction to Communication and concurrent enrollment in G-CO 206 Public Speaking
M-PT 203 Church Administration (3) An advanced study of the organization, administration, and supervision of the total church program as it relates to the responsibilities of the pastor. Attention is also given to various leadership styles.
M-PT 204 Pastoral Theology (3) A study of the principles and policies involved in conducting pastoral work. Attention is given to the qualifications, call, and conduct of a pastor. Suggested methods are presented for the conduct of public worship, funerals, weddings, baptisms, and the Lord's Supper. Careful study is made of the pastor's private and business life, his study, and his management of church problems.
M-PT 301 Homiletics I (3) Basic principles necessary for the preparation and delivery of sermons. The various parts of a sermon, such as subject, theme, introduction, proposition, divisions, development, and conclusion are studied thoroughly. Prerequisites: M-PT 202 Introduction to Homiletics
M-PT 302 Homiletics II (3) Gives students the opportunity to prepare and deliver sermons. All messages are recorded for review and evaluation. Prerequisite: M-PT 301 Homiletics I
M-PT 304 Pastoral Counseling (2) Gives the prospective pastor and Christian worker a better understanding of people's personal problems and complicated social relationships and how to meet these situations effectively from the Word of God. Prerequisite: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
M-PT 306 Preaching to Youth (3) An examination of the elements of clear, practical, Biblical communication to teenagers. The principles taught in class will be practiced by the students in real-life situations. Students will be critiqued by their professor, their peers, and their audience. Prerequisite: M-PT 301 Homiletics I
M-PT 400 Pastoral Internship (0) A required ministry course for all pastoral students to be done after the completion of the third full year in the program. The student will work under a successful pastor or assistant pastor in a local church as approved by the program chair. The supervising pastor submits periodic evaluations of the student's ministry, and the student keeps records and completes assignments by both the pastor and the instructor of the course.
M-PT 401 Serving on the Pastoral Staff (2) A study of theology of the local church, giving particular attention to the theology of the pastoral office and the outworking of this theology in local church ministry. The course is designed to prepare the student to work effectively as part of a pastoral staff (e.g., education pastor, youth pastor, minister of music), or as part of a field council on the mission field.
M-PT 602 Current Issues in Church Ministry (2) A seminar level course that offers individual research and open discussion, dealing with such matters as worship, discipline, music, church crises, church autonomy, and legal matters.
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