PM503: PASTORAL THEOLOGY. Bryan Burton.
DESCRIPTION: This course integrates multiple perspectives on the calling to ordained ministry as it is lived out in a congregation. It supplements on a practical level the required courses in the ministry division for the student who envisions a pastoral vocation, which is treated as an apostolic calling to ministry of Word, sacrament and church order in a missional church community.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This is a core course in Pastoral Theology and is specifically directed toward the concerns of those who may move into parish responsibility, either on staff or as the lead pastor. It will consider carefully both biblical and practical approaches to pastoral work, with case studies and mentoring in the local church to keep the course in vital contact with contemporary parish life.
COURSE FORMAT: Lectures, reading assignments, discussion, case studies. Classes will meet on 5 Saturdays.
Anderson, Ray. Theological Foundations for Ministry. T&T Clark. 1999. ISBN: 9780802817761. Out of print. Used copies available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
Bernanos, Georges. The Diary of a Country Priest (classic novel with various editions).
McMillan, Becky/Carroll, Jackson God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations. Eerdmans, 2006. ISBN: 978-0802863201. $13.00.
Neuhaus, Richard John; Freedom for Ministry (2nd edition), Eerdmans, 1992. ISBN: 9780802806222. 258p. $26.00.
Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. Crossroad, 1993. ISBN: 9780824512590. 120p. $14.95.
Peterson, Eugene. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Eerdmans, 1992. ISBN: 9780802808486. 206p. $20.00.
Rohrer, David. The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry: Preparing a People for the Presence of the Lord. InterVarsity, 2012. ISBN: 978-0830838240. 180p. $15.00.
Willimon, William H. Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry. Abingdon, 2002. ISBN: 9780687045327. 392 p. $29.00.
Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor (17th century classic with various editions).
Guder, Darrell. The Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Eerdmans, 1998.
Jones, L. Gregory. Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry. Eerdmans, 2006.
Oden, Thomas. Pastoral Theology. Harper & Row, 1983.
Purves, Andrew. Reconstructing Pastoral Theology. WJK, 2004
Willimon, William H. Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministry. Abingdon Press, 2002.
Wilson, Johathan, Why church Matters: Worship, ministry, and Mission in Practice; Brazos Press, 2006, 160 pgs.; ISBN:1587430371
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M.Div. MIN 6.
FINAL EXAMINATION:Yes (take-home)
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.