Seminary Principal: Rev Graeme Craig  Tel. 01851 700298  

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Clerk of Seminary: Rev H J T Woods  Tel. 01463 782303  

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Copperfield House

Culloden Road

Westhill, Inverness IV2 5BP


The Free Church Seminary

Free Church Seminary

Westhill, Inverness

Pastoral Theology


The course covers three academic years. In the case of four-year students Year 2 will be taken in their second year and Year 3 in their fourth year. There will be a class assignment for the 1st and 2nd terms, end of term exams at the discretion of the lecturer and a final end of year exam.


Pastoral 1

1st Term: Basic Hermeneutics — These lectures are intended to give a basic introduction to Hermeneutics and will include the following:

Canon and Text — A theological approach.   Definition and necessity of Hermeneutics.  Determining the meaning of the text.  Special Biblical Hermeneutics including poetry, figurative language, prophecy, typology, parables and proverbs


2nd & 3rd Terms: Homiletics — These lectures are intended to give practical help with the preparation and preaching of sermons and include the following:

Types of sermons.   Definition, usefulness and selection of preaching portions including practical guidance on how to divide larger portions of the Word into manageable preaching portions.   Interrogating the text.   Discovering the purpose of the text.  Sermon structure.  Application.  The act of preaching itself.


Pastoral 2

The whole academic year is given over to the study of Apologetics. Consideration will be given to a number of apologetic topics including:

  • A survey of some of the most common approaches to Apologetics

  • Epistemology

  • Natural Theology

  • Proofs for the existence of God

  • The problem of evil

  • Worldviews

  • Postmodernism

  • Biblical Evidences


Pastoral 3

1st Term: Pastoral Theology — In this term practical advice is given in matters connected with the work of the pastorate, including the following:

The Call to the Ministry.   The Minister’s Self Watch including advice on Time management and Habits of Study.   Prayer.   Visitation.  Pastoral Leadership.   The Administration of the Sacraments.  The Conducting of Special Services (Weddings, Funerals etc.).  The Regulative Principle


2nd Term: Pastoral Ethics — a study of the nature and content of Biblical ethics and deal with some of the more common ethical problems likely to be encountered in the ministry.


3rd Term: Church Procedures — a discussion of various handouts relating to procedures specific to Presbyterian church order and especially to the Free Church of Scotland (Cont.)