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Monitoring Only
Cannot be credited toward a degree or certificate.

Pastoral Practicum

   This course is designed specifically for those who plan on becoming pastors of local New Testament Churches.  In this course you will gain practical experience in some of the more common duties of the pastor.
   All students are encouraged to take this course; however, it is not a generally required course.  Those not planning on pastoring do not have to take this course but they may if they want to do so.  All students are encouraged to take it because there may come a time when their pastor may ask them to help with one of the ministries of the Church that will require knowledge addressed in this course.  It will be a big help to him to know that you are already familiar, and practiced, in the various areas addressed in this course.  It also allows members of churches to become familiar with the normal duties of their pastor which will enable them to more fully appreciate the many and varied jobs that he carries out in the Church.
   Some students may be required to take the course for their particular course of study even though they may not plan on pastoring a church.


   In this course you will study the following subjects:

  • Weddings

  • Funerals

  • Baptism

  • Ordinations

  • Dedications

  • Parliamentary rules

  • Other matters the pastor needs to know.

  • For this course, student must have access to a baptistery or a body of water deep enough to completely immerse the person on whom they will practice the ordinance of baptism.  They will also need access to helpers who are willing to be immersed for baptism practice, as well as helpers for mock weddings and funerals.    If you are disabled and cannot perform the practice baptisms then you will be excused from doing that physical part of the course.  However, you must still do the textbook work on baptism and the reciting out loud of the baptizing phrases so that you will know how to properly train the helper who will do the actual baptizing for the church when you become a pastor or you are asked to help or train others to help in performing baptisms.

  • Prerequisite for the course:
     Student must have successfully completed "The Church," "Public Speaking," "Baptism," and the "Church Polity and Order" courses.

    Attendance for the entire course is 35 weeks.

    Attendance per Lesson is 1 week.
      Some lessons will take longer than 1 week; therefore, the course attendance overall has an extra 2 weeks included to allow for the longer lessons.

  •  NOTE: We do NOT keep any records for students who are Monitoring Only.  Therefore, if you want to keep track of your progress you may download and print out a copy of the Course Record Form on which you can record the information for this course.

  • Study notes and instructions have been inserted into the textbook.

  • TEXTBOOK:  The textbook for the course is The Star Book for Ministers by Hiscox.
    - The following chart provides access to the textbook for the Pastoral Practicum course.  It has been divided into sections and optimized for fast download and includes course notes.
    - The entire text of the book is included but it is divided into lessons each with study notes.
    - Download by lessons using the following links:
    Textbook: The Star Book for Ministers

    The following copy of the original book is not for use in the course because it does not have the course notes included.  The link to it is only included to give the student the option of downloading and printing a copy of the original classic book for their library.
    Star Book for Ministers The original book by Edward T. Hiscox
        Large pdf file (4.3 meg) suitable for printing.
        This copy is made available so students can have the original work for their library.
        However, it is not suitable for use as the textbook for this course because it does not contain course notes.
        Please use the individual sections listed above under "Textbook: The Star Book for Ministers" in the
            multi-sectioned box titled "LESSONS" for course study.

  • TESTING:  All section tests are open book, which means you can use your textbook while taking the test.  The Final Test is a closed book test, which means you can not use your textbook or any other material.  The terms of a closed book test are explained on the Final Test Contract Form which must be submitted to obtain the password prior to taking the Final Test.
       If you fail any test, you should NOT attempt that test again on the same day.  You should give one day to restudy the the textbook or workbook or the Bible, whichever is appropriate, and find all of the correct answers to the questions missed and then retake the test no sooner than the next day.
      There is a button at the end of each lesson in the textbook entitled "Click Button" which will return you to this page to take your lesson tests.

    List of Lesson Tests. 
    (The numbers of the tests are the links to the tests corresponding to each like-numbered lesson.)

         There was a mistake in question #3 of this test.  The question should read:
        "In the facts about the United States, which cost figure was LOWER at the time the textbook was written for the following 3 categories."  Please answer according to this revised reading of the question.  The question will be fixed and this current warning removed when I return to my office in September (I am currently on the road in Washington and Oregon states holding meetings) and have access to the needed files to correct the test.

  • Outline Requirements forms: Required Wedding Outline Form and Ceremony Outline Form can be accessed by clicking HERE.
    Submit a separate form for each of those 2 outlines.  Indicate the name of the outline on each form submitted.

  • Verification form: Required verification of submission of Assignments form can be accessed by clicking HERE.
    Submit a separate form for each assignment- Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Alphabetical Name Look Up.

    Once you have completed all sections of the textbook and passed all of the corresponding section tests, and found the correct answers to any questions missed on any test, and finished all of your assignments, then you will submit your Finish Sign In form to indicate the end of your attendance for the course.  After submitting your Finish Sign In form, then submit a Closed Book Test Contract form.  After you have done that you will receive the Password and, upon receiving the Password, you can then take the Final Test for the course.
    If you fail the final test then you need to restudy the textbook and workbook or the Bible, whichever is appropriate, and all of the section tests and then retake the final test on or after the next day. Repeat this process until you pass the Final Test.
    If you miss any questions on the Final Test, whether you pass it or not, then you need to review the study materials and all of the section tests and find the correct answers to the questions you missed.  This process will afford you the best opportunity to gain the most out of your study of this course.


    Closed Book Test Contract
    Before proceeding to the Final Test, you must
    read and submit a Closed Book Test Contract Form
    in order to receive the password for the test.

    You must have the password to gain access to the Final Test.

    Final test is "closed book" i.e., you may not use your
    textbook and/or workbook while taking the Final Test.