Diploma in Theology (Pastoral Ministry)

The Diploma in Theology qualifies students to apply for PAOC licensed ministry credentials. Further information on credentialing is available from your PAOC or PAONL District Office.

The Diploma in Theology (Pastoral Ministry) is the right option for the student considering vocational pastoral leadership training. This program has a strong Biblical base and is designed specifically for those pursuing God’s leading toward a pastoral role following graduation. The diploma provides the historical and theological knowledge as well as the spiritual disciplines and practical skills needed to become a pastor without the need for a seminary education. Students are required to take a practicum course each semester of their program. In the third year, students complete an 8-month internship practicum which requires 400 hours of practical experience.

Our Program Director is able to assist you in selecting appropriate courses.

Year 1


Orientation to Online Learning                                                                                                    1 cr. hr.

Semester 1
Life in the Spirit 3 cr. hrs.
Hermeneutics 3 cr. hrs.
Gospels 3 cr. hrs.
Interpersonal Communication 3 cr. hrs.
Bible As Story 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum: Relationships 1 cr. hrs.
Intro to Personal Formation 3 cr. hrs.
Foundations of Family Ministry 3 cr. hrs.
Worldviews and Contemporary Culture 3 cr. hrs.
Theology I:  God & the Human Condition 3 cr. hrs.
Leadership and Team Dynamics 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum: Personal Effectiveness 1 cr. hrs.

Year 2

Church History 3 cr. hrs.
Pentateuch 3 cr. hrs.
Biblical Language Usage 3. cr. hrs.
Homiletics 3 cr. hrs.
Theology II: Soteriology/Christology 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum: Volunteers 1 cr. hrs.
1 Corinthians 3 cr. hrs.
Church History: From the Crusades to the Modern Age 3 cr. hrs.
English Composition 3 cr. hrs.
Pauline Literature: Romans 3 cr. hrs.
Introduction to Psychology 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum: Meetings 1 cr. hrs.

Year 3

Systematic Theology II:  Soteriology/Christology 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Letters 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Counseling 3 cr. hrs.
Pentecostal History 3 cr. hrs.
Leadership Systems and Services 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Life 3 cr. hrs.
Ethics 3 cr. hrs.
Biblical Theology (Luke/Acts) 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Theology 3 cr. hrs.
Expository Presentation 3 cr. hrs.
Theology III:  Ecclesiology/Eschatology 3 cr. hrs.
Full Year - Internship Pastoral Ministry 1.5 cr. hrs.