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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Institute of Leadership and Ministry, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

THE-041 Challenges in contemporary pastoral theology / Desafíos de la teología Pastoral contemporánea

Course Category: 

50 hours (5 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

September 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Understand and responsibly articulate the tension between religion, in general, and Pentecostalism in particular, and culture, according to an analysis done in the course. Evaluate these situations in light of Wesleyan Pentecostal theology; Analyze and synthesize the information acquired through the lectures, readings, and discussions in class; Appreciate more eloquently the complexity of stress and need to develop a reasonable tolerance for opinions and ideas that are contrary to own; Develop more effective pastoral care in the context of challenges social and cultural of our time; Explore trends in social change impacting practices ministerial and pastoral care. and develop a thorough understanding of what it means to be a minister Pentecostal in contemporary culture and society; Identify and analyze the ways in which the church accommodates values, systems, and structures and, likewise, the ways in which the church has transcended and helped transform the world.


Instruction is offered completely online or in synchronous format through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab-required interaction with the instructor, and/or final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-course knowledge and skills in an online format. Major topics taught in this course include studying and critically analyzing the contemporary challenges that are faced. Christian faith within the culture. Will evaluate the impact of society on the formation of beliefs and values and how these systems, values, and structures form the context for the pastoral ministry. Within this context, the interaction between social forces will be analyzed and pastoral care with attention to the participation of the church in the discussion and action related to important topics such as (1) life in the public square, (2) the experience of discrimination women's ministry and (3) other issues of importance to effective pastoral ministry.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Pastoral Theology, or Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (9/21).