Diploma in Theology

The IBOLT Diploma qualifies students to apply for PAOC licensed ministry credentials. Further information on credentialing is available from your PAOC or PAONL District Office.

The Diploma in Theology is the right option for the student considering vocational pastoral leadership training. This program has a strong Biblical base and is designed specifically for those pursing God’s leading toward a pastoral role following graduation. The diploma provides the historical and theological knowledge as well as the spiritual disciplines and practical skills needed to become a pastor without the need for a seminary education. Students are required to take a practicum course each semester of their program. In the third year, students complete an 8-month internship practicum which requires 400 hours of practical experience.

Our Program Director is able to assist you in selecting appropriate courses.

Year 1


Orientation to Online Learning with IBOLT     1 cr. hr.

Semester 1
Life in the Spirit 3 cr. hrs.
Hermeneutics 3 cr. hrs.
Gospels 3 cr. hrs.
Creative Communications 3 cr. hrs.
Biblical/Theological Studies Elective 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum 1: Project Management 1.5 cr. hrs.
Semester 2
Personal and Spiritual Formation 3 cr. hrs.
Ministry to Post Modern Families 3 cr. hrs.
Cross Cultural Studies 3 cr. hrs.
Systematic Theology I:  God & the Human Condition 3 cr. hrs.
Biblical/Theological Studies Elective (NT) 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum 2 - Personal Effectiveness 1.5 cr. hrs.

Year 2

Semester 1
Church History: From the Crusades to the Modern Age 3 cr. hrs.
Pentateuch 3 cr. hrs.
Philosophical Foundations 3. cr. hrs.
Homiletics 3 cr. hrs.
Professional  Studies Elective 3 cr. hrs.
Practicum Elective 1.5 cr. hrs.

Year 3

Semester 1
Systematic Theology II:  Soteriology/Christology 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Letters 3 cr. hrs.
Introduction to Christian Counseling 3 cr. hrs.
Faith Community Perspectives One: Pentecostal History 3 cr. hrs.
Leadership Assessment & Development 3 cr. hrs.
Semester 2
Pastoral Life 3 cr. hrs.
Ethics and Critical Issues 3 cr. hrs.
Biblical Theology (Luke/Acts) 3 cr. hrs.
Pastoral Theology 3 cr. hrs.
Expository Preaching 3 cr. hrs.
Systematic Theology III:  Ecclesiology/Eschatology 3 cr. hrs.
Full Year - Internship Pastoral Ministry 1.5 cr. hrs.