Theology of Pastoral Ministry

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This course by Dr. William Rudd will enable students to develop a basic Biblical and practical theology of pastoral ministry. Upon successful completion of this course, the individual will be able to:

  • Describe the Biblical definition of a pastor/elder/overseer and their necessary qualifications. and role in the church.
  • Understand and evaluate the various forms of church government and the role of a pastor in each of them.
  • Describe the broad scope of the work of a pastor as stated, illustrated, and implied in the New Testament.
  • Understand how important it is for a pastor to maintain healthy relationships with their family, congregation, community, and ecclesiastical ministries and colleagues, and to continually pursue personal and professional growth.


  1. Lesson One: The Office of a Pastor
  2. Lesson Two: The Pastor and Church Government
  3. Lesson Three: The Qualifications of a Pastor
  4. Lesson Four: The Pastor’s Personal and Family Life, and the Ministries of Evangelism and Global Missions
  5. Lesson Five: The Pastor and Preaching
  6. Lesson Six: The Pastor and the Ministries of Discipleship, the Ordinances, Weddings, and Funerals
  7. Lesson Seven: The Pastor and Pastoral Ethics, Benevolent Ministries, and Compassion Ministries
  8. Lesson Eight: The Pastor and Worship Planning
  9. Lesson Nine: The Pastor and Leadership


William lives in the USA and received his DMin from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, a DD (honorary) from Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH., a MDiv (magna cum laude) from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN., and Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Greek (summa cum laude), Bob Jones University , Greenville, South Carolina.