This course examines the ministry of the pastor in three areas: preparation, responsibilities, and This is the third of three required internships for the Ministerial Diploma. Building on the foundation of the previous two internship courses, this course focuses on three attributes of the heart of ministry, characteristics to be avoided, tests that must be passed in the life of the ministry, basic areas of pastoral counseling, and other skills needed to be a successful pastor.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1.Demonstrate understanding of and establish a strategy for developing three attributes of the heart of ministry.2.Identify characteristics to be avoided and tests that must be passed in the life of the minister.3.Effectively lead a celebration of the Lord’s Supper and an entire worship service.4.Identify and explain the five primary areas of pastoral counseling.5.Outline a strategy for developing leaders within the congregation.6.Demonstrate knowledge of money management principles and interviewing skills for ministry opportunities.
Mode of Study
•Lecture•Video•Student interaction •Hands on
•50 objective multiple choice questions•Online or pencil and paper•Passmark 70%
Each student will need to select a mentor for his or her
internship courses according to the guidelines below. The
same mentor may serve for one or all three internship
courses (certificate level, license level, and ordination
level), as the student desires.
The mentor will generally be the student’s senior
pastor, a staff pastor, or other person designated
by the pastor to serve in the role of mentor. The
mentor must be a credentialed minister.
If the student is the senior pastor, the student
should consult his or her sectional presbyter to
assist in the selection of a mentor. In some cases,
the presbyter may serve as the mentor, or the pres-
byter may appoint a neighboring pastor to serve in
The mentor must not be closely related to the stu-
dent. This not only promotes objectivity but
broadens the student’s experience by giving him or
her opportunity to learn from someone other than
a close relative.
The mentor must be a Licensed or Ordained Minis-
ter. Licensed Ministers may serve as mentors to
students seeking Certified credentials. Ordained
Ministers may serve as mentors to students seek-
ing any level of ministerial credentials. Certified
Ministers are not eligible to serve as mentors in this
program, unless a written exception is made by the
district superintendent for a Certified Minister who
pastors to mentor a student in the Certified level.
The mentor must commit to the time required in
the Mentoring Manual for each course. This will
involve weekly meetings with the student for
twelve weeks and some additional time for moni-
toring the student’s progress. Where multiple
students are studying the courses in study centers,