Christian Pastoral Certification (CPC)

This certification program is offered to men who have successfully been ordained as ministers in the CMS program.
 
Additionally, applicants who were ordained under previous COGBF ministerial programs may apply. Men who completed the Evangelist or Teacher programs and decide to enroll in the Pastoral program must also complete the 15 credit-hours of the CMS program prior to admission. Graduates will be ordained as elders but that does not guarantee an assignment as a pastor in the COGBF.
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

This program requires an additional 60 credit-hours of intense pastoral training beyond the CMS certifications.
 

WHO MAY ENROLL

Only ordained male ministers who have the ministry gift of pastor may enroll in the Christian Pastoral Certificate Program (CPC) for ordination and appointment. This COGBF policy is in compliance with Biblical teaching as articulated in 1 Timothy 2:11 -12; 1 Corinthians 14:34; Titus 2:3-5 and 2 Timothy 1:5. 
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CTC 202 Biblical Foundations of the Teaching Ministry This course provides the Biblical foundation of the Teaching Ministry. Its primary focus is on the role of the Holy Trinity as Teacher, using the Bible to develop curriculum, what is means to be a disciple as well as the church’s role in teaching.

CTC 203 Preparation for Teaching This course provides instructions on how to study the Bible, plan to teach, and how to teach different groups of learners.

CTC 204 Structuring the Teaching Ministry of the Church This course will focus on how to evaluate the Teaching Ministry within the church to ensure it is effective. Students will receive instructions on how to equip themselves as teachers and how to assist volunteer with teaching requirements.
 
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CTC205 Teaching Practicum Students will prepare and present lessons for Bible Study and Small Group Study. Upon completion of this course, students will have five teaching outlines to assist with organized delivery of sermons and/ bible study lessons.

CSL102 Developmental Issues Counseling This course prepares students to confront the many prominent developmental issues facing society today. Issues including, guilt, anxiety, adolescence, loneliness and many other topics will be covered. These lessons are biblically-based and collaborated with the best resources of professional psychology.

CSL201 Identity and Conflict Counseling This course prepares students to address conflicts in relationships, sexual issues, homosexuality and many other interpersonal issues. Students will also learn how to take on identity issues including: inferiorities, low self-esteem and life-changes such physical illnesses and grief.

CSL202 Crises Counseling This course prepares students to address mental disorders, addictions, financial issues, vocational issues, spiritual issues and many other control related issues.

CMF202 Marriage and Family Counseling This course prepares students to address relationship issues. It focuses on counseling single individuals as well as those who are married with families. It prepares ministers to provide effective pre-marital counseling as well the issues that occurs in families.

EVG102 The Theology of Evangelism Part II and Evangelism from the Pulpit This course presents the second half of the theological principles that govern evangelism including how it is performed in the church, as well as the family and personal interaction. It then shifts specifically to how to evangelize from the pulpit. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the second of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
EVG103 Evangelizing the Gospel
This course focuses on evangelizing the Gospel through personal interactions. It focuses on equipping and training believers to win the lost in various ways. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the third of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
 
EVG201 Evangelism in Practice and Evangelism in the Church Part I
This course presents evangelism in real life practice with specific emphasis on how to convey Jesus as Lord. Students will also learn how to evangelize as youth pastor and other positions within the church. These practical techniques are taught by Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the fourth of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
 
EVG202 Evangelism in the Church Part II
This course presents evangelism within various positions within the church. These practical techniques are taught by Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the fifth of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
 

HOM201 Homiletics II

is a continuation of Introduction to Homiletics. It will provide additional techniques for constructing sermons in an effective way.

PRC400 Practicum

This course focuses on giving pastoral candidates hand’s on experience in the role as pastor. Students will gain practical experience in pastoring by completing a series of exercises on their district. The EB will assign a local district elder or leader to supervise this important educational experience.

PST302 Preparing Pastors to Lead

Students can expect to learn how a pastor’s marriage, home, prayer-life and personal-life can affect his ministry. Students should expect to learn from Master Theologian John MacArthur as was as seasoned pastors of the COGBF.
PST303 Advanced Pastoring I
This introductory course is the second of a five part series that prepares men to lead the people of God. Topics include the importance of a pastor’s home and prayer-life.
 

PST401 Advanced Pastoring II

Students can expect to learn how to establish outreach ministries, discipline their members and stay encourage while leading small ministries. Students will understand the importance of shepherding the flock while observing the ordinances of the church.

PST402 Pastors Time to Go

This is the final of a five courses that specifically train men who aspire to be pastors. This open discussion course uses various scriptural passages to stimulate discussions.
 

SEM301 Third Year Seminar Series/Elective This course is a series of second year seminars that will be presented by seasoned elders during the two conventions. The topics are varied and all students are required to attend. Students may also choose to take any course offered at the ministry level and earn full credit in this area.

SEM401 Fourth Year Seminar Series/Elective This course is a series of second year seminars that will be presented by seasoned elders during the two conventions. The topics are varied and all students are required to attend. Students can also choose to take any course offered at the ministry level and earn full credit.