PLI Courses Offered

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. View the enrollment form to see which courses are currently being offered. If you would like to find out when a particular course will be offered next, please email us at pliadmin@mcusa.org.

Level One Courses 

  • PL111: Biblical Interpretation 
    An introduction to methods of Bible study and to the principles of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on an inductive approach to biblical interpretation
  • PL121: Old Testament Survey 
    In this course students are introduced to the literature, message, background, geography, archaeology, and relevance of the Old Testament for constructing a biblical worldview and way of life.
  • PL141: New Testament Survey 
    A study of the literature, historical background, geography and significance of the books of the New Testament, this course emphasizes learning the structure, main themes, and interpretation of key verses and passages in each NT book as well as basic terms and facts.
  • PL531: Biblical Theology 
    This course gives the student a foundational introduction to the content, discipline and practical application of biblical theology to serve as the foundation for practical ministry, systematic theology and the construction of a biblical way of understanding things, a biblical world view.
  • PL271: Fundamentals of Christian Leadership 
    This course explores the principles of Christian leadership that create the underpinnings of every successful local church. The student will examine principles of leadership from a biblical basis and will learn to apply those principles to their specific local church situations so that they become adept at exercising active leadership.
  • PL211: Systematic Theology I 
    This course exposes students to theology through a systematic approach, particularly in a Wesleyan/Arminian context, with a focus on the doctrines of God, Christology, pneumatology, creation and man.
  • PL221: Systematic Theology 2 
    With an historico-systematic approach this course explores the theological study of the doctrines of the work of the Holy Spirit, the gifts and fruit of the Spirit, the church and its order and ordinances, and the end times. Systematic Theology 2 attempts to give a coherent explanation of the doctrines of sanctification, ecclesiology, and eschatology, based primarily upon the Bible, from the context of culture, using current idiom, and related to issues in life.
  • PL251: Homiletics 
    This course attempts to produce the best beginning preachers possible outside of a conventional classroom and within a short course period. The student will learn the fundamentals of the theology (purpose) of preaching as well as the practical aspects of expository preparation and preaching, storytelling, use of illustrations, and culturally sensitive preaching.
  • PL291: Year One Internship (5-10 hours weekly)
    “hands on” training under the tutelage of a mentoring pastor

Level Two Courses

Completing eight Level Two courses (from either the pastoral or missional track or a blend of both) as well as the second half of the PLI Internship earns a Pastoral Foundations Certificate and meets the educational requirements for ordination in the Missionary Church (subject to approval by the district).

Pastoral Track 

  • PL371: Missions and the Church
    This course will demonstrate that God’s ultimate purpose in the world is the establishment of his kingdom by the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:2), and that the church is the instrument of that healing.
  • PL351: Teaching Methods and Christian Education Administration 
    This course covers the pedagogical and administrative issues related to effective Christian education, combining theoretical, theological, educational, and philosophical understandings of Christian education with practical experience in using creative methods. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary for effective teaching and leadership in the local church setting.
  • PL331: Principles of Church Administration 
    This course examines basic principles of administration and management of the local church. The student will examine the difficult balance between a spiritually focused organism of ministry and maintaining proper order and structure to keep the organization functioning smoothly. This study will focus on the “how to’s” of leading the local church.
  • PL471: Church Health & Redevelopment 
    Students will discover what makes a healthy church and how to develop health in an existing church.
  • PL315: Fundamentals of Christian Counseling
    Basic counseling, behavior and psychological pre-diagnosis, andreferral techniques are presented in this course.
  • PL451: Church Multiplication & Planting
    This course will ask the student to freshly re-examine Christianity in regard to evangelism and the proactive multiplication of disciples, leaders, and churches. The student will also examine the demography of the unchurched and explore the biblical, philosophical, and missional concept of church planting.
  • PL431: Strategic Leadership Principles & Practices
    Students will receive a basic understanding of the strategic process of leadership.
  • PL311: Pastoral Care
    This course will teach students the basic skills of pastoral care — caring for the congregant as well as for the pastor himself and his family.
  • PL491: Year Two Internship (10 -15 hours weekly)
    “hands on” training under the tutelage of a mentoring pastor

Missional Track 

  • PL651: Cultural Anthropology 
    This practical course focuses on acquiring specific skills necessary to share the Gospel cross-culturally. Besides analyzing major anthropological theories and concepts, students will be trained in participant observation, developing receptor-oriented communication skills related to evangelism and world missions.
  • PL631: Spiritual Warfare Ministry
    An introduction to spiritual warfare ministry, this course includes both biblical and practical foundations for the application of spiritual warfare principles in ministry settings.
  • PL671: Spiritual Formation
    Focused on a commitment to personal and corporate spiritual formation, students develop self-awareness and insight in their spiritual journey, learn to exercise inward and outward spiritual disciplines, and develop a personal growth plan.
  • PL681: APEST 5-Fold Ministry Team
    This course dives into God’s great strategy for best fulfilling His Great Commission — Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers working together as a TEAM.
  • PL641: Coaching Towards Discipleship                     With a holistic approach to coaching, this course will examine biblical foundations, issues, and principles of coaching applied within the Body of Christ. It will also demonstrate the need and provide practical skills to enable spiritually mature men and women to coach younger believers to become fully-devoted servants of Jesus Christ who will in turn invest in the growth of others.
  • PL491: Year Two Internship (10 -15 hours weekly)
    “hands on” training under the tutelage of a mentoring pastor