Program Director

Dear friends, students and graduates of Kyiv Theological Seminary!

Over the course of his life, many men sought the advice of Charles Spurgeon regarding the pastorate and the work of Christian ministry. His response was always the same, “Do not become a minister, if you can help it.” Then Spurgeon would continue, but if a man feels he must preach or he will die if he does not, then he has no choice but to serve in the ministry, because he has been uniquely called by God.

Have you been called by God to serve in the pastorate? Have you been called by God to serve as a leader in Christian ministry? Do you feel a burning in your soul to preach the Word of God? If your answer is “yes” to all of these questions, then I invite you to consider further training and development of your skills in the Pastoral Leadership program at Kiev Theological Seminary.

With grace,

Andy Rist, Director of Pastoral Leadership Program

About Program

Missions Statement:

The mission of the Pastoral Leadership major at Kyiv Theological Seminary is to develop in students a solid biblical and theological understanding of the Bible so that they will preach God’s Word effectively (2 Tim. 4:2), will lead His church with a shepherd’s heart (1 Peter 5:2), and will passionately seek after the lost (Luke 15:6-7, 9-10; 19:10).

Vision Statement:

The vision of the program is to develop pastors and church leaders who will strengthen and enlarge local churches in Ukraine and Eurasia. Students, under the leading and control of the Holy Spirit, will develop and grow the local church by confidently preaching God’s Word in order to encourage and exhort the body of Christ. Also, students will deepen their passion for the lost and be able to prepare believers to evangelize those in the community who do not know Jesus as Savior (Matt. 28:18-20).

Goals:

  1. Equip students with a biblical and theological education so that they will preach God’s Word accurately (2 Tim. 2:15) and with assurance.
  2. Develop pastors and other leaders who are uniquely gifted by God (Eph. 4:11-12; Rom. 12:3-8) to guide, direct, feed and protect the church.
  3. Prepare students to practically apply biblical and theological principles of God’s Word in their urban or rural ministry context.  
  4. Equip students with administrative abilities to manage their ministries especially in the areas of finances and training of future church leaders.
  5. Teach students how to lead the church with a humble heart, yet with strength and boldness to overcome the spiritual forces of wickedness.
  6. Instill in students a compassionate heart for sinners (Matt. 9:36) and a deep desire to evangelize the unrepentant. 

Core Values:

  1. We value the in-depth study of the Scriptures, so that pastors and other church leaders will be able to preach God’s Word without error, and teach every believer the biblical principles and theological truths of the Scriptures so that they will be complete in Christ (Col. 1:28).
  2. We value humility and a dependence on the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16), and by these virtues a pastor or Christian leader will watch over the church (Heb. 13:17), as well as lead the body of Christ through periods of adversity and opposition. 
  3. We value strong character and a sincere trust in God so that a pastor or church leader will direct the body of Christ to live as righteous, transformed, God-fearing people in this fallen world (Rom. 12:2; James 1:27). 
  4. We value an intense awareness for the unsaved and an urgency to proclaim Christ as the only way for salvation (Acts 4:12) to a world that is hopelessly lost in sin.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Pastoral Leadership major is composed of biblical, theological, and practical aspects, designed to prepare the student for effective pastoral ministry or Christian leadership within the local church. The program seeks to create a balance between Christian doctrines and principles taught in the classroom, and the actual application of spiritual truths in the lives of believers who make up the local church. 

Major Courses:
PL 101 Intro to Pastoral Ministry
CP 105 Prayer and Evangelism
PL 201 Pastoral Ministry 1
CP 204 Marrige and Family Counseling
CP 205 Discipleship and Small Groups
CP 304 Leadership in the Church and Its Effective Development
PL 401 Church Administration
PL 402 Pastoral Epistles
PL 403 Pastoral Ministry 2
CP 403 Worship

Two Elective Courses:
CP 101 Intro to Church Planting
YM 101 Principles of Youth Ministry 
CE 201 Principles of Teaching 
ВЕ 120 Exposition of Psalms 
CP 206 Teaming and Strategy in the Ministry of the Apostle Paul

Core Courses:
GS 101 Orientation 
BE 101 Hermeneutics 
GS 102 Grammar 
OT 101 Old Testament Survey 1 
OT 102 Old Testament Survey 2 
GS 115 Critical Thinking & Writing 1 
NT 201 New Testament Survey 1 
NT 202 New Testament Survey 2
PT 204 Homiletics 1 (for men)
GS 301 Public Speaking (for women)
TH 201 Theology 1 – Introduction, Revelation and the Nature of God
TH 202 Theology 2 – Man and Sin; Angels 
TH 301 Theology 3 – The person and work of Christ in salvation 
PT 304 Homiletics 2 (for men)
PT 306 Spiritual Leadership (for women)
CH 301 Church History 1
CH 302 Church History 2 
TH 302 Theology 4 – The Spirit and the Church, Last Things 
WM 410 World Mission and the Church
BE 146 Exposition of Romans 
PT 302 Biblical Counseling 
PT 402 Christian Theology and Spiritual Life
PT 401 Ethics