Cannot be credited toward a degree or certificate.
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:
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.
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
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.)
READ THIS NOTE BEFORE TAKING TEST #33:
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
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
- 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.
test is "closed book" i.e., you may not use your
textbook and/or workbook while taking the Final Test.