Pastoral Studies Degree Program
Grow spiritually and learn the necessary principles needed to build a healthy church, a thriving congregation, and pastor people successfully. Harness the church-building experience of our faculty and build from there.
If you are called to pastor and lead a body of believers, HCU Pastoral Studies Degree Program is designed with you in mind. This program will give you the necessary skills and education to become the pastor and leader you are destined to become. The Pastoral Studies Degree Program provides the tools you need to face the challenges of pastoring in the 21st century. HCU provides the curriculum that is vital to plant, grow, manage, and lead a successful church.
Many times it’s not a lack of vision or calling, it’s simply a lack of leadership skills and business principles needed to take a church to the next level. Learning these basic Biblical principles of success and leadership can fortify the spiritual side of church growth and pastoring.
The Pastoral Studies Degree Program will prepare you for the challenges of church leadership by allowing you to learn from seasoned pastors and instructors who have been where you are going.
Please contact an HCU Admissions Advisor for more details about this degree program: 918-510-6875 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will learn:
- How to successfully start and build a GROWING church
- How to STRENGTHEN your spiritual foundation through the Word of God
- How to receive and minister the healing power of God
- How to exercise your faith and spiritual AUTHORITY in Christ
- How to be led by the Holy Spirit
- How to flow with the gifts and ministries of the HOLY SPIRIT
- Habits of highly successful pastors
- Improve your LEADERSHIP and communicational skills
- How to develop a church business and marketing plan
- How to EFFECTIVELY use social media to promote your church
Each undergraduate course includes:
- 12 sessions of 50-60 minute video classes
- Each course includes a required textbook that can be easily accessed for download or purchased as a digital or hard copy. If a digital textbook is included, it can be accessed through the course page along with a course syllabus
- Each course includes required and recommended reading by the instructor
- Click here to download the HCU 2018 Academic Catalog for more information about this degree program
CURRICULUM (Sample First-Year Core Courses)
First-Year Curriculum also requires the student to choose 2 elective courses from a wide-range of electives available from the College of Theology and the College of Business. Please consult with an Admissions Advisor for specific courses that may be available.
EFFECTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES (HCUT 1002)
Course Description: Explore the fundamentals of creating personalized learning strategies. Examine learning styles and techniques while being oriented to the college experience. Insights gained will increase learning, retention, and application of information acquired throughout the college experience and beyond.
THE INTEGRITY OF GOD’S WORD (THEO 1103)
Course Description: Recognize the importance and necessity of God’s Word in the life of a believer. Emphasis is placed upon what the Bible says about itself, the seamless flow throughout the sixty-six books written by over forty authors, and the believer’s experience with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
FAITH FOUNDATIONS I (THEO 1203)
Course Description: An introductory study of the principles of faith and its operation in the life of the believer. Explore the basic definition of faith, how faith is obtained, and how faith is released and maintained.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER (THEO 1303)
Course Description: Explore the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Special attention is given to the characteristics, abilities, and functions of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Examination the scriptural ways in which the Holy Spirit can lead believers. Special emphasis will be on the primary way: the inward witness. The student will develop the confidence and intimacy necessary to be led by the Holy Spirit.
NEW CREATION REALITIES (THEO 1403)
Course Description: Gain an awareness of the realities of the new birth through the redemptive work of Christ. How one becomes a new creation, the benefits of a new creation, and the need to grow as a new creation will be examined.
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER I (THEO 1503)
Course Description: Explore the “why,” “what,” and “how” of prayer. The different types of prayer and how to pray more effectively are examined in this foundational course.
CHRIST THE HEALER (THEO 1603)
Course Description: Identify the biblical truths about healing. Emphasis is placed upon the willingness of God and the covenant promises of obtaining and maintaining the physical healing of the body. Case studies from the Old and New Testament will be examined.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER (THEO 1703)
Course Description: An intensive study of the spiritual authority of the believer. Attention is given to identifying the real enemy, the extent of and how the devil obtained his authority, and how he is disarmed and defeated by the believer through the authority delegated to the body of Christ.
LEADERSHIP 1 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (PMIN 1003)
Course Description: Discover the foundation for successful leadership. Uncover the value of being a lifelong learner and developing daily disciplines like prayer and Bible reading. Review the importance of attending church, and other principles that help future leaders attain long-term success in God’s kingdom. Explore vital personal disciplines like integrity, accountability, and being an effective witness for the Lord. Emphasis is also placed upon the role of coaching and mentoring in the life of a believer.
STUDENT GATEWAY ACCESS
Students will be emailed an initial LOGIN ID and Password to the HCU STUDENT GATEWAY following enrollment.
Students are required to purchase course textbooks. For the students’ convenience, purchase information/link is provided with the course syllabus and by following the “Student Support” link to “College of Theology-Required Textbooks” or “College of Business-Required Textbooks.”