PLST/CFST/ICST/YLST 102 • Introduction to Intercultural Studies (2 units)
Prerequisites: NT 101C and OT 201C. An introduction to the basic elements of intercultural communication and service. Course content will compare and contrast the cognitive processes, linguistic forms, and behavioral patterns within diverse cultural contexts. The student will integrate theory with practice in order to communicate effectively a holistic gospel.

PLST/COMM 290 • Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
The primary elements of the communication process as it occurs between two persons in everyday settings. Among the topics considered are language and meaning, nonverbal communication, person perception, self-concept. This course does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

PLST 291,292,293 • Special Topic (1, 2, 3 units)
Study of a special topic in pastoral leadership. May be repeated for credit.

PLST/COMM 300 • Homiletics (3 units)
Prerequisite: COMM 201C. A study of the techniques of sermon preparation with some practice in preaching, including instructor and class analysis of class and campus preaching.

PLST 310 • Introduction to Christian Leadership (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, and BINT 270. An introduction to a theology of leadership through the development of a healthy interior life; an understanding of a situational approach to leadership; and knowledge of the leader’s role in the corporate vision, spirituality, and mission of the Christian community.

PLST 312 • Introduction to Pastoral Care (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, THEO 103C, and BINT 270. An introduction to a theology of care and counsel as a central focus of leadership–lay and vocational–in the mission and ministry of the Christian community.

PLST 314 • Introduction to Preaching and Teaching (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, THEO 103C, and BINT 270. An introduction to the proclamation mission of communicating the gospel through teaching and preaching.

PLST 315 • Church Communication Techniques (3 units)
The theories and techniques of communication within the church in such areas as speaking, music, printed pieces, advertisement; and the public communication of the church through media such as radio, TV, film, drama, newspapers, and music.

PLST 372 • Research Methods for the Study of Ethics and Christian Leadership (3 units)
Prerequisite: THEO 301. Students will analyze ethical and leadership issues by utilizing problem-solving methods. Specifically, students will learn how to frame a research problem, conduct a literature search, choose a suitable method, collect appropriate data, and evaluate the data into a cohesive research document.

PLST/MUSC 406C • Music and Worship (3 units)
A study of music and worship in the services of the Christian Church beginning with the early believers and extending to contemporary worship practices. The course provides both an overview of the theological, historical and musical developments which provide precedent for both traditional and non-traditional worship aspects in the contemporary church; and practical guidelines for biblical and effective worship and church music leadership. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum Capstone requirement for Music majors only.

PLST/COMM 414 • Advanced Preaching (3 units)
Prerequisites: PLST 300 and PLST 314. Students in this course will work in a seminar instructional environment in which they will prepare and present a series of Bible studies and sermons. Students will receive practical experience in sermon construction and delivery, building on the introductory course. This limited enrollment course will meet the second level preaching requirement for the major.

PLST/THEO 417 • The Problem of Suffering and the Promise of Healing (3 units)
A study of suffering and its meaning in human experience. Case studies from individuals, including both texts and class members, will be used in the quest for an existential and intellectual understanding of the problem of suffering. Sources for the investigation of the mystery of suffering will include scripture, theology, philosophy and literature.

PLST 420 • Disciplines of the Spiritual Life (3 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C, and THEO 103C. A study of the biblical and theological foundations of spirituality within the Pentecostal/charismatic tradition. The emphasis will be on building a functioning spiritual life by the exercise of spiritual disciplines such as prayer, worship, community, fasting, and other disciplines.

PLST/SOCI 423 • Sociology of Religion (1-3 units)
The social structural approach to the study of religion, with particular emphasis on American society. One unit weekend elective courses that can be taken independently or in groups of two or three. Each unit will focus on one of the following major topics: defining religion; the restructuring of American religion; religion and the public square.

PLST 425 • Narrative and Expository Preaching (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 314. An examination of narrative and expository preaching methods as complementary styles of preaching to strengthen pulpit ministry.

PLST/CFST/YLST 426 • Small Group Ministry (3 units)
A study of group dynamics within the context of local congregational mission and ministry. Issues in design and implementation of small group programming also are explored.

PLST/CFST/YLST 430 • Management in Christian Organizations (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310. Exploring effective management from a systems perspective that examines the internal processes of a learning organization as well as its relationship with the environment. Selected topics will also include recruitment and training of volunteers, conflict management, team building, planning and financial management, and legal issues.

PLST 438 • Church Financial Administration (3 units)
Prerequisites: ACCT 220/221 and BUSN 215/216. Basic accounting, cash, banking, taxes, IRS, government responsibility, financial record keeping and reporting, plant/property management, audits, and insurance.

PLST 440 • Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 312. The application of counseling and guidance principles to the work of the pastor and other religious workers in the field of pastoral care, including the use of case studies in ministering to persons with illness, grief, home, youth, or other types of special problems.

PLST/CFST 445 • Lay Ministry Development (3 units)
A study of the untapped potential resident in the laity of the church with emphasis on developing strategies for lay renewal and equipping for active participation in the mission of the church. The effect of the clergy-laity dichotomy will be explored.

PLST/NT 446 • Parables for Preaching (3 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C. An examination of the interrelationship between the meaning of the parables as Jesus spoke them to his original hearers and the message of parables proclaimed in the church today.

PLST 449 • Denominational Polity (1 unit)
Guided reading and discussion of official district and national constitutions and bylaws, and research in denominational history and doctrine. Designed for students seeking ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God.

PLST 450 • Ministerial Internship Program (3-12 units)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission by the Ministerial Internship Committee. The internship program is a full-time, one-semester course of intensive in-service ministerial training in an assigned church under the supervision of a pastor and religion faculty member. Specific internship modules may also be taken during two, three, or four semesters. A maximum number of twelve units may be taken for internship credit. Note: Application forms are available in the Division of Religion office.

PLST 457 • Church Growth (3 units)
An examination of the underlying biblical and sociological principles and dynamics involved in the qualitative and quantitative growth of the body of Christ. Particular attention will be given to an analysis of the “vital signs” of health in growing churches and an application to less-healthy congregations.

PLST 460 • Practicum (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Approval of the division chair. A learning experience which integrates classroom theory with practice through assigned responsibilities in local churches, hospitals, mission fields, or other appropriate institutions under supervision by both the on-scene administrator and the religion faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Note: Application forms are available in the Division of Religion office.

PLST/CFST/ICST/YLST 461 • Integrative Field Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310, PLST 312, and PLST 314. A course designed to integrate theory with guided field experience in the student’s chosen field. The intent is to reflect theologically in a ministry setting with special attention given to examining one’s spiritual gifts, calling, identity, and preparation.

PLST 470 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in pastoral leadership. May be repeated for credit.

PLST 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and division chair. May be repeated for credit.

PLST 490 • Seminar in Pastoral Ministries (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of one topic in pastoral leadership of particular relevance to upper division religion majors. May be repeated for credit.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.