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TM501 – Theology of Ministry
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TM501 – Theology of Ministry

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TM501 – Theology of Ministry


About this course

This course integrates learning from biblical, theological, and ministry studies into a capstone paper or research thesis that expresses one’s theology of ministry. This three-unit course normally covers two semesters, and it is conducted as an independent study under the guidance of the professor as the capstone course for the Master of Pastoral Studies degree.


Prerequisite: Student must be within six units of completing the Master’s program and must pass a summative exam.


  1. Student Learning Outcome 1: Establish biblical foundation for personal ministry (pastoral or support ministry) that addresses the core of your ministry goals (or the societal issue you address).
    • Course Objective 1: Exegete a biblical passage that is core to your ministry or issue you address.
    • Course Objective 2: Cite biblical references for claims made regarding biblical meaning.
  2. Student Learning Outcome 2: Explain your theological foundation for ministry by grounding it in God’s interaction with humanity through Christ in the Incarnation.
    • Course Objective 3: Provide theological development on your topic as it relates to the Church and its role in culture and conduct. 
    • Course Objective 4: Integrate research on Church fathers and leaders who address issues relevant to your topic.
  3. Student Learning Outcome 3: Integrate sound biblical exegesis and a theological foundation into your ministry topic, explaining the relevance to the specifics of your ministry.
    • Course Objective 5: Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the type of ministry you have chosen to study (or theological issue as it applies to ministry). 
    • Course Objective 6: Project the opportunities and threats to your ministry topic (or theological issue as it applies to your ministry).