Practical Theology

Full-time Faculty     About the Practical Theology Department     Courses Offered

Full-time Faculty

Sandy Finlayson

Alexander (Sandy) Finlayson

Timothy Witmer

Timothy Z. Witmer

About the Practical Theology Department

The Department of Practical Theology exists to apply biblical exegesis and theology in the formation of godly and competent practitioners who can minister God’s unchanging Word to our changing world.

To that end, the Practical Theology curriculum enables students:

  • To be faithful and effective preachers of God’s Word to the present generation
  • To shepherd the flock to which they have been called
  • To minister the Word through biblical counseling
  • To spread the good news of the kingdom of God in word and in deed in the task of evangelism and world missions
  • To develop the realm of Christian education both within and without the church context
  • To exercise gifts of leadership in various ministries
  • To understand the church of Jesus Christ, its functions, its needs, and the variety of ministries into which leaders are called

Courses Offered*:

General Courses  Counseling Courses 
  •  English Bible Survey
  • Mentored Ministry Integration Seminar
  • Advanced Theological Writing
  • Orientation to Ministerial Formation
  • Gospel Communication
  • Preaching and Apologetics
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • The Doctrine of the Church
  • Expository Skills and Evaluation
  • Church Dynamics and Pastoral Practice
  • Seminar to Leadership
  • Mission of the Church
  • Sermon Delivery
  • Worship
  • Theological Bibliography and Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Interseminary Seminar
  • Preaching from the New Testament
  • Illustrating Biblical Truth
  • Preaching from the Old Testament
  • Special Preaching Situations
  • Congregational Polity: A Historical-Theological Approach
  • Ecclesiology, Women, and the Contemporary Church
  • Dynamics of Biblical Change
  • Helping Relationships
  • Counseling & Physiology
  • Theology and Secular Pyschology
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Human Personality
  • Counseling Problems and Procedures
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling Observation
  • Essential Qualities of a Biblcial Counselor
  • Seminar in Professional Orientation
  • Counseling in the Local Church
  • CCEF Annual Conference
  • Case Study Seminar


Evangelism Courses Urban Mission Courses
  • Guided Practicum in Personal Evangelism
  • Jewish Evangelism
  • Understanding Islam and Reaching Muslims 

  • Contextual Theology
  • Mission to the City
  • Church Growth and Church Planting
  • Mission Anthropology
  • Religions of the World
  • Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Urban Research Methods
  • Missions and Mercy Ministries
  • Theology of Mission
  • Understanding the Islamic Challenge
  • The History and Theology of the African American Church
  • Cross-Cultural Missions Trip
  • Urban Mission Seminar
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

*All courses in the Practical Theology Department are Master's Level Courses.  Not all courses are available each year. Click here for course descriptions and click here for semester course schedules to see what is currently offered.