Ministry Studies: Pastoral Ministry
To train students for vocational pastoral ministry.
In keeping with Calvary's doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that only men be ordained to the ministry (1 Tim. 2:8-3:7), only men are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Studies major.
Furthermore, it is also Calvary's doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that men who are ordained to the ministry are to be "the husband of one wife" (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Thus, only men who have never been married or have been married only once (widowers excepted), are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Studies major. Any man who is divorced may take any or all the courses in the Pastoral Studies Department and may graduate in another major.
Continuation in the Program
Any incoming male student (with stipulations above) may select Pastoral Studies as his major. However, continuation in the Pastoral Studies Program depends on such factors as grade point average, integrity, character, evidence of ability, call to ministry, promptness, relational skills, and a maturing walk with Christ. Thus, in conference with the Academic Dean and other faculty/staff members, a student could be encouraged by the Pastoral Studies Program Director to select another major.
A grade of C or higher is required in BL232 Greek II and in each succeeding Greek course before taking the next level Greek course and to remain in the major.
- That the student demonstrates in his life the Christian character qualifications for pastoral ministry.
- That the student be able to identify the theology, theories, and skills that characterize biblical orientation for pastoral leaders of today.
- That the student effectively preach biblical truths through specialized instruction with an emphasis on biblical exegesis, exposition, and construction and delivery of sermons.
- That the student be able to identify the multifaceted responsibilities of pastoral care and learn to respond to those needs biblically and practically with foundational skills.
Courses of study may be adjusted during a student's time at Calvary. Students should consult with their advisor and/or the Registrar before finalizing a schedule each semester.