Pastoral Evangelism

God has ordained that there be ministers of the gospel whose mission in life is to serve as evangelist, teacher, shepherd, model of spiritual piety, and messenger of hope and restoration. The goal of the Religion Department is to train young men and women who will be equipped, under the power of the Holy Spirit, to help complete the work of the Lord on this earth in this last generation.

Programs Offered

Two four-year programs are offered: Pastoral Evangelism and Bible Instruction. Both programs are essentially the same, except for the internship emphasis. In the Bible Instruction major more emphasis is placed on personal soul winning, organizing Bible studies, and training others to give Bible studies.

Individuals desiring to major in either of these areas are required to make formal application to the Religion Department after the completion of their freshman year. In order to be admitted to a Religion Department major, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have completed reading requirements, and demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The student must also evidence emotional stability, healthful lifestyle, responsible time management, spiritual maturity, and a commitment to God and the gospel ministry.

Bible Instruction Description

This major is designed to prepare Bible instructors who can present the Seventh-day Adventist message as found in the Scriptures. It seeks to provide the basis for a Christian philosophy of life, effective avenues of ministry, and a solid grasp of scriptural truth. Upon completion of the program, students will be trained for personal soul-winning work and assisting evangelistic teams and other witnessing ministries of God’s church.

Ladies who enter this major may expect to serve in those areas of ministry that God has designated appropriate for their gender, such as teaching, counseling, writing, preaching, public evangelism, revival ministry, departmental ministry, institutional ministry (chaplaincy), and pastoral care for ladies. In compliance with biblical criteria, they should not aspire to serve in headship/leadership roles reserved by the Lord for men.

Pastoral Evangelism Description

The Pastoral Evangelism major is designed to provide a biblical foundation and practical field experience to prepare the student called to the proclamation of God’s end-time message. This program is designed to prepare faithful Seventh-day Adventist ministers, qualified under God to evangelize, teach, raise up congregations, train and lead laymen in evangelism, and provide church leadership.

 

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Requirements

Core Curriculum:

Section/No. Class Title
AGRI 121, 122, 123, 124 Gardening*
EDUC 121 Philosophy of Christian Education
ENGL 100 English Mechanics
ENGL 102 English Composition
ENGL 103 Research Writing
HLMN 111 Principles of Medical Ministry
HLMN 112 The Human Body
MATH 111 College Math
MSSN 203 Principles of Self-Supporting Work
MUSC 101, 102, 103 Principles of Christian Music I, II, III***
PRAC 112, 113 Practical Arts: Cooking and Auto Mechanics****
PSYC 222 Principles of Christian Mental Health
RELB 121 Conversion and Righteousness by Faith
RELB 131, 152 Biblical Hermeneutics I, II
RELB 142 Fundamentals of the Christian Faith
RELB 163 Speech and Homiletics
RELB 211 Daniel
RELB 212, 213 Revelation I, II
RELB 241 SDA Church History
RELB 242, 243 Life and Teachings of Jesus I, II
SOCI 212 Christian Marriage and Family
VOTR Vocational Training*****

 

*Soil Preparation in the fall term is for .5 credit, and Pruning in the winter term is for .5 credit. Classroom instruction must be taken in the spring term for 1.5 credits, and a ten-week summer lab for 1.5 credits.

**A minimum of nine EVMN credits are needed to fulfill graduation requirements. Participation is required for every term in attendance.

***All students are required to participate in the campus choir for three consecutive quarters, as well as attend the music lectures that accompany this class, to fulfill graduation requirements.

****Classroom instruction (three credits/term) must be taken as remedial work if the student has not previously (i.e., high school/academy) taken comparable classes or cannot demonstrate acceptable skills or life experience. Application to omit any of these classes must be made to the Curriculum Committee. Women: Cooking; Men: Auto Mechanics, Cooking.

*****A minimum of 36 VOTR credits are needed to fulfill graduation requirements. Participation is required for every term in attendance. In addition, all students must spend ten weeks during their first summer in residence, participating in a full-time vocational training program.

 

Other Requirements:

Completed reading of the following: The Holy Scriptures and the nine volumes of Testimonies for the Church.

One credit of Evangelistic Ministries per term of attendance.

Four credits of Vocational Training per term of attendance.

Practical colporteur experience for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks conducted by Hartland College or an acceptable alternative.

A minimum of 204 credits in the total program of studies.

All students must spend ten weeks during a summer, participating in a full-time vocational training program.

Two research papers must be submitted to the English Department.

Major Curriculum

RELB 311 Early Old Testament History
RELB 312 Middle Old Testament History
RELB 313 Latter Old Testament History
RELB 321 Acts and General Epistles
RELB 322, 323 Pauline Epistles I, II
RELB 323 Pastoral Care
RELB 351 The Sanctuary Message
RELB 353 Biblical Apologetics
RELB 361 Life and Ministry of Ellen White
RELB 361 History of the Christian Church
RELB 381 Evangelism
RELB 481, 482, 483 Bible Instruction Internship I, II, III
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RELB 491, 492, 493 Pastoral Evangelism Internship I, II, III

Courses Offered

RELB 121 CONVERSION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH

(3 credits) A focus on the central theme of righteousness by faith as presented in the 1888 Minneapolis General Conference session. This course is designed to develop the true principles of Christ in the life of the students and prepare them to lead others to the kingdom through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

RELB 131, 152 BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS I, II

(1 credit) This course is designed to provide various rules and parameters for biblical interpretation. The major focus of the course is practical. The goal is to help students develop sound methods of exegesis and application of biblical texts.

RELB 142 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

(4 credits) An examination of the entire Bible to discern its fundamental teachings, and preparation of study outlines to assist in presenting these teachings to others.

RELB 211 DANIEL

(3 credits) A study of the prophetic book of Daniel and its fulfillment in history, with special emphasis on the prophetic heritage which stands behind the commitment and growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

RELB 212 REVELATION I

(3 credits) A study of the prophetic book of Revelation and its fulfillment in history, with special emphasis on the prophetic heritage which stands behind the commitment and growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This term covers the revelation of Jesus Christ in history through the seven churches, the seals, and the trumpets in the first eleven chapters of Revelation.

RELB 213 REVELATION II

(3 credits) A continuation of Revelation I and an in-depth study of the final conflict of the great controversy between Christ and Satan as outlined in the last eleven chapters of Revelation. This class explores in some detail the events after the beginning of the time of the end in 1798.

RELB 241 SDA CHURCH HISTORY

(3 credits) This course covers the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from its nineteenth-century Millerite roots, its organization and reorganization, and the development of its missionary activities, to its present worldwide expansion. Students will become acquainted with major events, themes, and developmental stages in the history of the SDA church, as well as the relevance of SDA history to contemporary issues in the church.

RELB 242 LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS I

(3 credits) A comprehensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus as revealed in the four gospels, aimed at developing student appreciation of the impact of Christ upon one’s own life, as well as enabling the student to present the fundamental message of Jesus to others. This term covers Christ’s life from His incarnation through His transfiguration.

RELB 243 LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS II

(3 credits) A continuation of Life and Teachings of Jesus I. This term covers Christ’s ministry following the Transfiguration to the Ascension.

RELB 311 EARLY OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

(3 credits) An overview of Old Testament history from Creation to the time prior to the Israelite kingdom. A study is made of the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and Job, continuing with the historical books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

RELB 312 MIDDLE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

(3 credits) A study of the time of the kings, including I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, and I and II Chronicles, to the reign of King Josiah. The class includes a review of the early Old Testament prophets Hosea, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Isaiah, and Amos. There will also be a brief review of the Psalms and the wisdom literature of Solomon.

RELB 313 LATTER OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

(3 credits) A survey of the history of Israel from the time of King Jehoiakim to the period of restoration after the Babylonian captivity. The historical books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are studied with a review of the latter Old Testament prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Zephaniah, and Malachi.

RELB 321 ACTS AND GENERAL EPISTLES

(3 credits) The history and spiritual growth of the early Christian church are explored through a study of the book of Acts and the letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude.

RELB 322 PAULINE EPISTLES I

(3 credits) A study of the epistles of I and II Thessalonians, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans in order to understand Paul’s basic themes in their original context, as well as their application and relevance to Christians of all ages.

RELB 323 PAULINE EPISTLES II

(3 credits) A study of the messages and present application of Paul’s prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and Hebrews, and his pastoral epistles to Timothy and Titus.

RELB 343 PROPHETIC GUIDANCE AND THE MINISTRY OF ELLEN G. WHITE

(3 credits) An investigation of the role of the prophetic gift in the church from Bible times to the present day, with special emphasis on the role of Ellen G. White in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This course also explores the context from which she emerged as God’s special messenger and examines issues surrounding her ministry and challenges to her credibility. Students will be provided with interpretive tools for understanding and applying Ellen White’s writings.

RELB 351 THE SANCTUARY MESSAGE

(3 credits) The sanctuary message is the center of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. This course explores the relationship of the sanctuary message to other major biblical truths and to the preparation of God’s final trusted generation who will be empowered to take the Three Angels’ Messages to the world.

RELB 353 BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS

(3 credits) A study of how to share the strong evidences for the Christian faith such as: the existence of God, the validity of the Bible, the historicity of Jesus Christ, and the Resurrection. This course also looks at how to share our faith with various non-Christian groups: atheists, agnostics, postmoderns, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and other non-Christians.

RELB 361 HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

(3 credits) An overview of the Christian church from its inception to the present day, with special attention to the great missionary revival and reformatory movements as relevant to the Seventh-day Adventist movement. This course also looks into the history of the Sabbath from apostolic times to the Advent movement.

RELB 381 EVANGELISM

(3 credits) An overview of the principles of public and personal evangelism. The principles of leading people to decisions and conversion are directly addressed. The student is especially instructed in the preparation of heart and mind for successful evangelism.

RELB 481, 482, 483 BIBLE INSTRUCTION INTERNSHIP I, II, III

(48 credits) This nine-month internship is typically taken after finishing all class requirements after the student’s third year. The focus of this curricular practical training is personal Bible instruction. Departmental and Curriculum Committee approval is required.

RELB 491, 492, 493 PASTORAL EVANGELISM INTERNSHIP I, II, III

(48 credits) A nine-month internship is taken after finishing class requirements. The focus of this internship is pastoral and evangelistic experience. Departmental and Curriculum Committee approval is required.

RELB 501, 502, 503 PRACTICAL TRAINING I, II, III

A 12-credit practical training course is offered as an elective. The course, which counts toward the total credit hours for graduation, offers students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have obtained in their religion classes. The instructor is appointed by the department chair, and grading is on a pass/fail basis. The instructor and the department chair will choose an appropriate site and work closely with the fieldwork supervisor, who will submit an evaluation at the end of the assignment. This course is open to all students who have completed three terms at Hartland College.

 Religion Department – Starting Fall 2016

Fall 2016

ENGL 100 – English Mechanics (3 credits)

HLMN 111 – Principles of Medical Ministry + Lab (4 credits)

RELB 121 – Conversion & Righteousness by Faith (3 credits)

RELB 131 – Biblical Hermeneutics I (1 credit)

RELB 361 – Life & Ministry of Ellen White (3 credits)

AGRI 121 – Gardening I (.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 101 – Principles of Christian Music I (1 credit)

Winter 2017

ENGL 102 – English Composition (3 credits)

HLMN 112 – Human Body + Lab (4 credit)

RELB 142 – Fundamentals of the Christian Faith (3 credits)

RELB 152 – Biblical Hermeneutics II (1 credit)

AGRI 122 – Gardening II (.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 102 – Principles of Christian Music II (1 credit)

Spring 2017

ENGL 103 – Research Writing (3 credits)

RELB 163 – Speech & Homiletics (4 credits)

RELB 363 – History of the Christian Church (3 credits)

AGRI 123 – Gardening III (1.5 credits) –or–

MUSC 103 – Principles of Christian Music III (1 credit)

 

Summer 2017

AGRI 124 – Gardening IV (1.5 credits) –or–

Canvassing

 

Fall 2017

EDUC 121 – Philosophy of Christian Education (3 credits)

RELB 211 – Daniel (3 credits)

RELB 311 – Early Old Testament History (3 credits)

AGRI 121 – Gardening I (.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 101 – Principles of Christian Music I (1 credit)

Winter 2018

PRAC 112 – Cooking (3 credits)

RELB 212 – Revelation I (3 credits)

RELB 312 – Middle Old Testament History (3 credits)

SOCI 212 – Christian Marriage & Family (3 credits)

AGRI 122 – Gardening II (.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 102 – Principles of Christian Music II (1 credit)

Spring 2018

PRAC 113 – Auto Mechanics (required for men) (3 credits)

RELB 213 – Revelation II (3 credits)

RELB 313 – Latter Old Testament History (3 credits)

RELB 353 – Biblical Apologetics (3 credits)

AGRI 123 – Gardening III (1.5 credits) –or–

MUSC 103 – Principles of Christian Music III (1 credit)

 

Summer 2018

Canvassing –or–

AGRI 124 – Gardening IV (1.5 credits)

 

Fall 2018

RELB 241 – SDA History and Prophetic Guidance (3 credits)

RELB 321 – Acts & General Epistles (3 credits)

RELB 381 – Evangelism (3 credits)

Winter 2019

PSYC 222 – Principles of Christian Mental Health (3 credits)

RELB 242 – Life & Teachings of Jesus I (3 credits)

RELB 322 – Pauline Epistles I (3 credits)

Spring 2019

MSSN 203 – Principles of Self-Supporting Work (4 credits)

RELB 243 – Life & Teachings of Jesus II (3 credits)

RELB 323 – Pauline Epistles II (3 credits)

 

Summer 2019

RELB 481 – Bible Work Internship I (10 weeks) –or–

RELB 491 – Pastoral Evangelism Internship I (10 weeks)

 

Fall 2019

MATH 111 – College Math (4 credits)

RELB 331 – Pastoral Care (3 credits)

RELB 351 – The Sanctuary Message (3 credits)

Winter 2020

RELB 482 – Bible Work Internship II (Bible Instruction majors only) –or–

RELB 492 – Pastoral Evangelism Internship II

Spring 2020

RELB 483 – Bible Work Internship III (Bible Instruction majors only) –or–

RELB 493 – Pastoral Evangelism Internship III

 

Additional Graduation Requirements

Read the Holy Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation

Read Testimonies for the Church, volumes 1 – 9

Ten consecutive weeks of canvassing

EVMS 101, 102, 103 – Bible Outreach I, II, & III

EVMS 111, 112, 113 – Health Outreach I, II, & III