Pastoral Certification

Program Objectives: 

When a student has completed this program he or she should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Ability to perform pastoral service in a congregation.
  2. Have a sound understanding of the Book of Order and its role in the church.
  3. Ability to be a spiritual leader & disciple of a congregation.
  4. Provide a solid example of Christian Living and Ethics.
  5. Meet all of the requirements to serve in the Alaska Moravian Church.

Program Description: 

This program is a two semester program of intensive study and training to prepare the student for pastoral leadership. Program consists of 6 courses of classroom study and a semester internship working under the guidance and supervision of a pastor in a congregational setting.

Entrance requirements:

  • Completion of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program or a comparable program.
  • Must be attending and participating in all church services.
  • Be willing to be supervised by pastor in assigned congregation.
  • Must be willing to adhere to the Moravian Book of Order and the Moravian Covenant for Christian Living.

All requests for admission will be reviewed by the Pastoral Admissions Review Committee for final admissions approval. Review board consists of a Bishop, appointed Alaska Provincial Board member, appointed member of the Seminary Board of Trustees and Seminary Dean. All potential candidates will be notified with the board’s decision regarding their application for admission in a timely manner.


Courses Required for Pastoral Certification

1st – Semester

MI 201 Congregational Life and Ministry – 3 credits. This course will look at specific aspects of pastoral leadership and the role of the pastor in congregational life.

MI 301 Pastoral Counseling – 3 credits. This course will consider the biblical basis for counseling those who are physically, mentally, psychologically and spiritually ill. Basic counseling concepts and practices in addition to providing insight in working with the sick, bereaved and the substance abuser will be examined. Instructions on how to provide premarital and marital counseling are included.

MI 304 Church Finance/Government/ Administration – 3 credits. This course will review and examine in detail all areas of church administration. Finances, record keeping, duties of district pastor, etc. will be included.

MI 310 Homiletics – 3 credits. The purpose of this course is to teach the art of effective sermon delivery. Students will learn how to build a biblical and theological foundation for preaching and learn basic aspects of sermon design and delivery.

PT 301 Pastoral Theology – 3 credits. This course will define the call, qualifications and work of a pastor. It will specifically look at the pastor as a visitor, counselor, preacher, visitation, teacher and administrator. Instruction on how to conduct funerals, weddings, baptism, confirmation, catechism, special occasions and it will include an overview of church government.

PT 302 Hermeneutics – 3 credits. Course will teach the student the science and art of biblical interpretation. The goal is to teach student to be a good interpreter of the Bible by learning the rules of hermeneutics and the art of applying these rules to their daily lives. This course provides the student with a complete methodology that he or she can use to study any book of the Bible.

2nd Semester – Internship:

MI 401 Internship – 6 credits. Internship is a field placement in a church setting with the length of this placement determined by the supervising pastor and the Pastor Review committee. A normal placement would be for three months. There will be no tuition for this semester of study and every effort will be made to minimize the hardship on the applicant and his/her family. Focus is on hands-on learning by doing under the guidance/mentorship of a pastor. Specific areas of instruction will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Funerals
  • Weddings
  • Baptism
  • Catechism
  • Board meetings
  • Community involvement