Pastoral Theology
The course covers three academic years. In the case of four-year students Year 2 will be taken in their second year and Year 3 in their fourth year. There will be a class assignment for the 1
st and 2nd terms, end of term exams at the discretion of the lecturer and a final end of year exam.

Year 1:
1
st Term: Basic Hermeneutics — These lectures are intended to give a basic introduction to Hermeneutics and will include the following:
Canon and Text — A theological approach
Definition and necessity of Hermeneutics
Determining the meaning of the text
Special Biblical Hermeneutics including poetry, figurative language, prophecy, typology, parables and proverbs

2
nd & 3rd Terms: Homiletics — These lectures are intended to give practical help with the preparation and preaching of sermons and include the following:
Types of sermons
Definition, usefulness and selection of preaching portions including practical guidance on how to divide larger portions of the Word into manageable preaching portions
Interrogating the text
Discovering the purpose of the text
Sermon structure
Application
The act of preaching itself

Year 2:
The whole academic year is given over to the study of Apologetics. Consideration will be given to a number of apologetic topics including:
A survey of some of the most common approaches to Apologetics
Epistemology
Natural Theology
Proofs for the existence of God
The problem of evil
Worldviews
Postmodernism
Biblical Evidences

Year 3:
1st Term: Pastoral Theology — In this term practical advice is given in matters connected with the work of the pastorate, including the following:
The Call to the Ministry
The Minister’s Self Watch including advice on Time management and Habits of Study
Prayer
Visitation
Pastoral Leadership
The Administration of the Sacraments
The Conducting of Special Services (Weddings, Funerals etc.)
The Regulative Principle

2
nd Term: Pastoral Ethics — The outline for this part of the course is still being developed but it is hoped to study the nature and content of Biblical ethics and deal with some of the more common ethical problems likely to be encountered in the ministry.

3
rd Term: Church Procedures — This part of the course will consist of the discussion of various handouts relating to procedures specific to Presbyterian church order and especially to the Free Church of Scotland (cont.)