Pastoral Leadership (B.S.) - Resident

Pastoral Leadership (B.S.) - Resident

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 101Foundational Skills1
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Technology Competency 20-3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 105Introduction to Biblical Worldview 32
Choose three credit hours from the following:3
Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas
Critical Thinking Elective
Civic & Global Engagement 1
EVAN 101Evangelism and the Christian Life 32
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 105Old Testament Survey2
BIBL 110New Testament Survey2
THEO 201Theology Survey I 32
THEO 202Theology Survey II 32
Total Hours40-43

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirements of RLGN 105EVAN 101 waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirements of THEO 201THEO 202 waived

Major Requirements 

Major Foundational Courses
GLST 220Intercultural Communication and Engagement 13
Total Hours3

Course may fulfill select general education requirements.

Major Core
BIBL 324Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development3
BIBL 350Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3
BIBL 364Acts3
BIBL 425Romans3
BIBL 460New Testament Theology3
BIBL 461Old Testament Theology3
CHMN 201Introduction to Church Ministries3
CLCM 200Spiritual Foundations for the Christian Life 3
PLED 201Foundation to Pastoral Leadership3
PLED 205Practicum I Small Groups1
PLED 251Church Planting and Development3
PLED 300Practicum II Outreach1
PLED 301Family Ministry in the Church3
PLED 302Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership3
PLED 350Pastoral Duties3
PLED 351Church Assimilation and Development3
PLED 400Practicum III1
PLED 421Homiletics I3
PLED 422Homiletics II3
PLED 452Critical Issues in Pastoral Leadership3
PLED 499Pastoral Leadership Internship3
THEO 350Methods and Issues in Theology3
Total Hours60
Free Electives
Choose 10-16 credit hours of Free Electives10-16
Total Hours10-16

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all upper-level courses in the major
  • 25% Of major taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
  • CSER All requirements must be satisfied before a degree will be awarded
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 2
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
INQR 101 Inquiry 1
RLGN 105 Introduction to Biblical Worldview 2
UNIV 101 Foundational Skills 1
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
PLED 201 Foundation to Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 205 Practicum I Small Groups 1
Second Semester
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 2
PHIL 201 or Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
Technology Competency 2 0-3
CLCM 200 Spiritual Foundations for the Christian Life 3
PLED 251 Church Planting and Development 3
Second Year
First Semester
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 2
Communication Elective (GLST 220) 2 3
BIBL 350 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3
PLED 300 Practicum II Outreach 1
PLED 301 Family Ministry in the Church 3
Second Semester
RSCH 201 Research 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 2
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology 3
PLED 302 Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 350 Pastoral Duties 3
PLED 400 Practicum III 1
Elective 1
Third Year
First Semester
MATH Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 1 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology 3
PLED 351 Church Assimilation and Development 3
PLED 421 Homiletics I 3
Second Semester
Natural Science Elective 1 3
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
PLED 422 Homiletics II 3
PLED 452 Critical Issues in Pastoral Leadership 3
THEO 350 Methods and Issues in Theology 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
PLED 499 Pastoral Leadership Internship 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 1 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours120-123

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at before enrolling foundational skills requirements.


All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course; refer to for more information.


Students are encouraged to complete two semesters of internship. The second semester of internship will take the place of an elective.

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