PAS2013: The Practice of Christian Ministry


Online via weekly Zoom sessions.

Mondays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time. Ten sessions.

From January 10  through March 14

Jan. 10 / Jan. 17 / Jan. 24 / Jan. 31 / Feb. 7 / Feb. 14

Feb. 21 / Feb. 28/ March 7/ March 14

3 credit hours


Eleazar Torres. M. o f Ministry. Point Loma University ( 2011), M. Div. Lincoln Christian University ( 1991) B.A. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (1988)

Pastor of First church of the Nazarene in Alhambra, CA

(626) 899-7400


The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. Gain understanding and perspective about the role of Christian ministry.
  2. The ability to develop a philosophy of ministry that will enable an individual to gauge his/her effectiveness in ministry.
  3. Ability to prepare and lead worship that is biblically sound, contextually correct and culturally sensitive.
  4. Gain understanding and confidence in conducting Christian rituals.
  5. To help build basic skills for ministry in the 21st Century.
  6. To encourage the student minister to strengthen his/her personal relationship with Christ, especially in the areas of personal spiritual disciplines.
  7. To reinforce the importance of your personal God-given call to ministry.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. CN14 Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church.
  2. CP2 Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building.
  3. CP11 Ability to envision, order, and participate in contextualized theologically founded worship and to develop and lead appropriate services for special occasions (i.e. wedding, funeral, baptism, and Lord’s supper.)
  4. CP19 Ability to prepare and lead a music ministry that is biblically sound, utilizing appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
  5. CP20. Ability to assess contemporary approaches to church music in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives.
  6. CH1 Ability to apply theological and philosophical ethics to nurture faithful living in the Christian community
  7. CH3 Ability to practice a moral pastoral leadership, informed by philosophical and theological ethics.
  8. CH6 Ability to articulate his or her call from God to ministry as affirmed by the Church.
  9. CH7 Ability to demonstrate a realistic self-understanding including personal strengths, gifts, weaknesses, and areas of needed growth.
  10. CH8 Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.).