The course, “The Pastorals and Pastoral Ministry” will offer you an introduction to the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of Paul’s pastoral letters, namely, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. You will develop skills in exegesis, by exegeting passages from these pastoral letters. The practice of exegesis is vital for Bible study, teaching and sermon preparation. In this course, you will also explore spiritual formation by synthesizing Paul’s emphasis in his pastoral letters on spiritual formation for the Pastor together with contemporary literature and develop spiritual formation practices for ministers and the ministry. By studying this course, you will be able to address some of the leadership-related concerns facing your local church context.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of 1 and 2 Timothy.
  • Demonstrate exegetical skills in Paul’s letter to 1 and 2 Timothy.
  • Examine the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of Titus.
  • Demonstrate exegetical skills Paul’s letter to Titus.
  • Synthesize Paul’s emphasis in his pastoral letters on spiritual formation for the Pastor together with contemporary literature.
  • Develop spiritual formation practices for the ministers and the ministry.
  • Comment fruitfully on leadership-related concerns facing your local church context.

Course Outline 

  • Unit 1: Introduction to 1 and 2 Timothy
  • Unit 2: Exegesis in 1 and 2 Timothy
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Titus
  • Unit 4: Exegesis in Titus
  • Unit 5: Spiritual Formation in the Pastor
  • Unit 6: Spiritual Formation in the Ministry
  • Unit 7: The Pastoral Letters and Leadership Challenges in your local church context.

Required Reading

Adeyemo T (Gen. ed.) 2006. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars. Nairobi: WordAlive Publishers.

Annang A 2010. Paul and His Letters. Johannesburg: SATS Press.

Barton RH, Chandler DJ, Tan SY, Elshof JT, Wilhoit J 2014. Spiritual Formation in the Church. Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care 7, no. 2: 292–311.

Edwards BB 1993. The Genuinness of the Pastoral Epistles. Bibliotheca Sacra. 150: 131–39.

Gorday P 2000. Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. IinterVarsity Press.

Graham JM 2014. “Systematic Theology and Spiritual Formation: Recovering Obscured Unities.” Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. 7. no. 2: 177–90.

Hulitt G 2010. 1 & 2 Timothy-Titus. In Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. Macon: Smyth & Helwys Publishing. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=977977&site=ehost-live.

Ikenye NJB 2012. Modeling Servant-leaders for Africa: Lessons from St. Paul. Limuru. Zapf Chancery Publishers.

Johnson LT 2001. The First and Second Letters to Timothy: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. New York: Doubleday.

Kalantzis G, Greenman JP, Kalantzis G 2010. Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective. Wheaton Theology Conference Series. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1083322&site=ehost-live.

Kapic, Kelly M. “Systematic Theology and Spiritual Formation: Encouraging Faithful Participation among God’s People.” Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care 7, no. 2 (2014): 191–202.

Kinyamago ZJ 2014. The Pastor in a Changing Society: Effects of Social Change on the Role of the Pastor in Africa. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers.

Krause D 2004. 1 Timothy. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.

Malick D 2014. An Introduction to the Pastoral Epistles. https://bible.org/article/introduction-pastoral-epistles-1-2-timothy-and-titus.

Mucherera TN. Lartey EY (eds.) 2017. Pastoral Care, Health, Healing, and Wholeness in African Contexts: Methodology, Context, and Issues (African Practical Theology). Eugene: Wipf and Stock.

Ngewa SM 2009. 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (Africa Bible Commentary Series). Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan).

Rickabaugh BL 2013. Eternal Life as Knowledge of God: An Epistemology of Knowledge by Acquaintance and Spiritual Formation. Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. 6 no. 2: 204–28.

Smith K 2006. Family Requirements for Eldership. Conspectus 1. https://www.sats.edu.za/family-requirements-eldership-2/.

Spencer AB 2014. 2 Timothy and Titus: A New Covenant Commentary. In New Covenant Commentary Series. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=834330&site=ehost-live.

Thornton DT 2016. Hostility in the House of God: An Investigation of the Opponents in 1 and 2 Timothy. Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplements. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1435748&site=ehost-live.

Vanhoozer KJ 2015. Putting on Christ: Spiritual Formation and the Drama of Discipleship. Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. 8, no. 2: 147–71.

Zehr PM 2010. 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus. In Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale: Herald Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e093mww&AN=317483&site=ehost-live.