The role of a pastor is one that is often poorly defined. In many settings he/she is the teacher, the carer, the chief administrative executive, visionary and many other roles rolled into one. It is often a very stressful job but fulfilling. The statistics could be pretty grim – 90 % of pastors work 55-75 hours a week; 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job; and 75% reports significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. (Statistics provided by the Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Car Inc.)
The major underlying cause of difficulties in pastoral ministry is lack of preparation. 90 percent of pastors in the study quoted above actually reported that the ministry felt different from what they expected
This course will introduce the student to the basics of what is expected of a pastor based on the pastoral epistles of Paul the apostle (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus). Paul was able to successfully raise a number of pastors. He wrote in details to two of these pastors – Timothy and Titus. He encouraged them, instructed them and warned them of some of the pitfalls in pastoral ministry. These letters are the manuals of pastoral work and every pastor is encouraged to read them regularly and study them at least once a year.
- Understand the principles of pastoral theology from Pastoral Epistles
- Evaluate the principles of pastoral theology as taught in Pastoral Epistles
Please contact CRC Admission Team on +44 2088 666 000 for additional information.