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Monitoring Only
Cannot be credited toward a degree or certificate.

Pastoral Theology


In this course you will study what God says about the Pastor.  Who, why, how, his qualifications, his family, etc., are some of the subjects that will be studied.

    This class is based upon the notes from a class taught by Dr. Loys Vess who is now with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  This study is taken chiefly from that class and has been expanded somewhat by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk, one of Dr. Vess' students.

This is a class from pastors to pastors about pastors as taught by the Lord in His Bible.

Please read these instructions completely before proceeding to the class.

  • Read the textbook, Pastoral Theology.

  • It is recommended that the student not complete more than one section of the workbook per week.

  • We do not keep records for students who are Monitoring Only.  If you want to keep track of your own progress through the course, you can download and print the COURSE RECORD FORM.  On it you can keep a record of all pertinent information on such as date and score for each test so that you will be able to keep track of your progress through the course.


  • Attendance:
        Suggested attendance for this course overall is 16 weeks.
        Suggested attendance for each lesson in this course is 1 week per lesson.

  • Complete all of the Section Tests incorporated into the textbook.

    After completing the book, then retrieve the password for the final test.

    Once you have completed all sections of the textbook and passed all of the corresponding tests, and found the correct answers to any questions missed on any test, then you may Retrieve the Password and, upon receiving the Password, take the Final Test for the course.  All Section Test links and the Password and Final Test links are incorporated into the textbook.
    If you fail the final test then you need to restudy both the textbook and all of the section tests and then retake the final test. Repeat this process until you pass the Final Test.  It is suggested that you spend one day in restudy before retaking the test.
    If you miss any questions on the Final Test, even though you have passed it, then it is suggested that you review the textbook 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 greatest understanding of the material presented in the course.

  • You may now proceed to the textbook Pastoral Theology