Pastoral Counseling

Bachelor of Science126 Credits

The program in Pastoral Counseling is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in church ministry counseling and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

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  1. Students will clearly articulate in speech and writing psychological principles and concepts related to the field of behavioral sciences.
  2. Students will locate information related to behavior and mental processes in the context of church ministry.
  3. Students will perform the duties of a pastor that are essential in the development and administration of the local church.
  4. Students will assimilate their Christian faith and psychological principles in the areas of mental health.
  5. Students will collaborate together in an appropriate and ethical manner, exhibiting leadership abilities and teamwork.
Course Code
Course Name
12 cr
2 cr
6 cr
Literature Course
3 cr
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
HIS Course
3 cr
History/Culture/Literature/Society Courses
6 cr
Math Course
3 cr
Physical Education Courses
1 cr
Science Course
3 cr
70 credits

Students are encouraged to take PHL 323 Apologetics for their elective credits in the fourth year.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Course Requirements

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

HIS 383 Modern and Contemporary Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from 1500 AD to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

PRE 213 Foundations of Biblical 3 credits

An introduction to sermon preparation and preaching combining theory and practice. Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of sermons and their preparation, structure and delivery.
Prerequisites: COM 123 or 494, BIB 103 when applicable, BIB 213, OLT 123 and NWT 113.

PST 313 Principles of Leadership 3 credits

A study of the basic principles of leadership philosophy, goals and strategies. Includes an overview of leadership styles, time management, conflict resolution, communication, legal issues, development of mission statements, and professional etiquette and ethics.

PST 423 Pastoral Ministry and Practice 3 credits

An overview of the character, qualifications and call of the pastor. Instruction is given in conducting common church ceremonies: water baptism, communion, infant dedication, installation of officers, weddings, and funerals. Includes principles for conducting church business meetings, parliamentary procedure, visitation and pastoral care.

PST 433 Church Finance and Resource Management 3 credits

The role of the pastor in financial and physical plant oversight in the local church. An overview of office and personnel management, facilities management, fundraising, accounting procedures, budgeting, fiscal accountability, record keeping, and annual reporting. Introduces computer software useful for church administration, legal and tax records, and general church business.

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credit

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 313 Theories of Personality 3 credit

A study of theories relating to the development and structure of personality. Biographies are included enabling students to contextualize the social and family dynamics of major theorists.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling 3 credit

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 363 Abnormal Psychology 3 credit

Behavioral deviations from the norm are assessed and classified according to DSM-5 criteria. Special attention is given to the developmental and genetic factors that contribute to abnormal behavior. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment strategies are examined in light of current research.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and PSY 283.

PSY 414 Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credit

Students will receive specialized training in marriage and family counseling from a systems perspective. Hypothetical cases will be conceptualized, assessed and diagnosed from this orientation. Interventions unique to this approach will be examined.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 463 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3 credit

A review of major counseling orientations with specialized techniques suitable for use in various counseling settings. Diagnostic instruments for effective assessment will be introduced as part of the curriculum.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 471 Internship Seminar 1 credit

This course is to prepare the student for his or her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a Prerequisite for PSY 481.

PSY 473 Crisis Counseling 3 credit

An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of crisis counseling as it relates to pastoral ministry. Specific attention is given to crisis intervention in areas such as teen pregnancy; suicide; substance, emotional and physical abuse; bereavement and grief; eating disorders; divorce; and family relations. Includes legal and ethical considerations and referrals.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and 283.

PSY 481 Internship 1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 4 to 15 weeks. An internship must be for at least 1 credit hour but can be expanded for up to 3 credit hours. A comprehensive journal is required that addresses the student’s activities during the internship and issues of development in their area of ministry. Written evaluations are required by the intern and the on-site supervisor. Internships are tailored in conjunction with the student’s focus of development and future ministry plans.
Prerequisite:PSY 471.

PSY 483 Grief, Death, and Dying 3 credit

A detailed examination of the nature and stages of death, customs, and rituals surrounding the death experience are presented, emphasizing the role of the minister in the processes of death and bereavement.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

THE 243 Theology I 3 credit

A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Pro-legomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123 and NWT 113.

THE 303 Theology II 3 credit

A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 353 Theology III 3 credit

A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.