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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.

  • Complete one section of the workbook per week.
    Do not take
    more than one section test per week in this subject.
    If you fail a test, you may retake the test on or after the next day; but, your next test cannot be taken less than one week after your retake.

  • Submit a BEGIN SIGN-IN form to begin your attendance for this course unless you have done so previously.  You do not sign in when you finish each lesson.  When you have completed the entire course and you are ready for the Final Test, then you will submit a FINISH SIGN-IN form.

  • Download and print the COURSE RECORD FORM.  On it you will keep a record of your sign in "Begin" date because you will be required to enter it on the Sign In "Finish" form that you will submit at the end of the entire course.  You will also keep other pertinent information on that form such as date and score for each test so that you will be able to keep track of your progress through the course.


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

        The course is worth 2 credits.

  • Complete all of the Section Tests incorporated into the textbook.
    Do not submit more than one Section Test per week.

  • TESTING:  Make sure you read and submit the testing instructions form if you have not already done so. Only one copy of that form is required from each student.
    ATTENTION: You MAY NOT take any test more than once on any one day.  If you fail a test you must wait until at least the next day to repeat it.

    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.
    Once you pass the final test do not take it again.
    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; but, you may not take the Final Test, or any test, more than once on any one day.
    If you miss any questions on the Final Test, even though you have passed it, then you need to review the textbook and all of the section tests and find the correct answers to the questions you missed.

  • You may now proceed to the textbook Pastoral Theology