Pastoral Ministry

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Pastoral Ministry

Through Bible teaching, instruction, application and classroom discussion, the student will learn the essential elements in the formation of a pastoral identity, as well as the duty and call of pastoral ministry. Specifically the student will learn what it means to be a pastor, and what are the primary duties every pastor performs, including the proper performance of weddings, funerals, hospital visitations, baby dedications, etc., and the importance of biblical counseling, teaching and ministry in general through the experience of pastors who have been serving for many years. The student will be introduced to the areas of service where they will be able to assist, perform, and instruct others on how to serve in pastoral ministry. The goal of this course is to prepare future servants to serve in the body of Christ.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the unique duties or “job description” of a pastor.
  • Identify the character traits and spiritual gifting necessary for pastors.
  • Grow in his personal relationship with God.
  • Gain practical insights on how to carry out ministry in different contexts.


Students are expected to read, study and prayerfully consider the assigned Scripture and textbook readings before arriving at class. Additionally students must arrive to class on time and be prepared to actively participate in weekly class discussions. Students are expected to take notes during the lecture block section of the course to assist in the retention, understanding, and application of the Scripture covered. Lectures are designed to reinforce what the students read in Scripture and the textbook commentary.

Weekly assignments will consist of two parts, reading and assignment questions. Read the assigned text(s) (from the textbook or articles as indicated in the syllabus) and answer the assigned questions BEFORE arriving in class. Students must bring a hard copy of the completed assignments to class.


  • Week 1: Intro – no homework due
  • Week 2: Read pages 1-27 of Calvary Chapel Distinctives & pages 45-47 of Church Planting manual & complete Assignment 1.
  • Week 3: Read 1Tim. 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-9. Listen to “As for me & my wife”, read article Defining the Role of Marriage as a Pastor & complete Assignment 2.
  • Week 4: Read the article Building a Leadership Team & pages 94-100, 121-122, & 138-142 of CPTP & complete Assignment 3.
  • Week 5: Read pages 104-107 of CPTP & complete Assignment 4.
  • Week 6: Read pages 108-112 of CPTP & Complete Assignment 5.
  • Week 7: Read HIPAA fact sheet for pastors and pages 130-131 Hospital Visitations & 112-114 Funerals from the Church Planting Manual, & complete Assignment 6.
  • Week 8: Read the article “Building Your Women’s Ministry in a Small Church” & complete assignment 7.
  • Week 9: Read pages 145-146 of the Church Planting manual Managing Time & Prioritizing Family & complete Assignment 8.
  • Week 10: Read pages 118-119 of CPTP, review pastor Chuck’s Recommended Book List & complete Assignment 9.
  • Week 11: Read pages 114-116 of CPTP & complete Assignment 10.
  • Week 12: Read pages 35-37 of CPTP & article on Worship Lyrics & complete Assignment 11.
  • Week 13: Read pages 127-129 of CPTP, review Articles of Incorporation, Church Bylaws, & Starting a Church Checklist. Establishing & maintaining financial accountability (handling tithes & offerings). Complete Assignment 12.
  • Week 14: Read page 150 of CPTP & “Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome” excerpt. Complete assignment 13 and Packer, and pay special attention to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.

Class schedule

  • August 31, 2021 ~ Introduction to class
  • September 7, 2021 ~ the call to ministry & the model for the church
  • September 14, 2021 ~ marriage & ministry
  • September 21, 2021 ~ discipleship & leadership
  • September 28, 2021 ~ baptism, communion & the afterglow
  • October 5, 2021 ~ weddings & baby dedications
  • Octorber 12, 2021 ~ hospital visitations & funerals
  • October 19, 2021 ~ women’s ministry
  • October 26, 2021 ~ time management for the bi-vocational pastor
  • November 2, 2021 ~ dealing with problem people
  • November 9, 2021 ~ protecting yourself from disqualification–wine, women & wealth
  • November 16, 2021 ~ worship & worship leaders
  • November 23, 2021 ~ church business–banking, IRS, compensation, insurance, etc.
  • November 30, 2021 ~ a venture in faith


  • Jason K. Allen, Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Chigao, Moody, 2016.
  • Alistair Begg and Derek Prime, On Being a Pastor, Chicago: Moody, 2004.
  • L.B. Cowman, ed., Streams in the Desert, Zondervan, 1997.
  • Guy P. Duffield & N.W. Van Cleave, Foundations of Pentecostal Theology, 1987. Kenneth C. Haugk, Antagonists in the Church, Augsburg Publishing House, 1998
  • God’s Promises for Your Every Need, J. Countryman Publishers
  • Kent & Barbara Hughes, Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, Tyndale House Publishers, 1987.
  • W. Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23, Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1970.
  • Thomas Oden, Pastoral Theology, New York: Harper, 1982.
  • Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel Distinctives, The Word for Today, 2000.
  • Chuck Smith, The Man God Uses, Word for Today, 2004.
  • Warren W. Wiersebe & David W. Wiersbe, Comforting the Bereaved, Moody Press, 1985. Wayne Cordeiro, Leading on Empty, Bethany House, 2009.


Class 3 ~ Marriage & Ministry

Marriage & Ministry This week’s study and discussion will focus on the very important topic of the minister and his marriage.  The pastoral epistles make if abundantly clear that the…

Class 4 ~ Discipleship & Leadership

Discipleship & Leadership In our class time this week we will discuss the importance of establishing a leadership team to assist the senior pastor with the work of the ministry. …

Class 5 ~ Baptism, Communion & the Afterglow

Baptism, Communion & the Afterglow Our class discussion this week will cover the two ordinances Jesus gave to the Church—water baptism and communion.  While all Christians agree that these two…

Class 6 ~ Weddings & Baby Dedications

Weddings & Baby Dedications This week’s study looks at two important functions a pastor provides to the people in his fellowship—weddings and baby dedications.  What’s interesting is that there is…

Class 7 ~ Hospital Visitations & Funerals

Hospital visitations & funerals This evening we will talk about two important areas of pastoral care—hospital visitations and funerals.  Once again, we do not find any specific instructions in Scripture…

Class 8 ~ Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry As men it is easy to overlook the value and importance of a strong women’s ministry.  Our ignorance is not alleviated by the fact that there are very…

Class 10 ~ Dealing with Problem People

Dealing with problem people Pastors expect to be attacked by the enemies of the Gospel.  What many pastors are not prepared for are the hostile attacks and unwarranted criticisms that…

Class 12 ~ Worship & Worship Leaders

Worship & Worship Leaders Theologically we recognize that the worship of God should be central in the life of a believer.  That is, everything we do, and think should be…

Class 14 ~ A Venture in Faith

A Venture in Faith In our final class together we’ll use the first hour to answer your questions about ministry in general and pastoral ministry specifically.  During the second hour…