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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK & MINISTRY

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Dual Enrollment

  • Pre-Human Services Academy
  • Pre-Youth & Family Studies Academy

 

Undergraduate Studies

  • Undergraduate Certificates
    • Gerontology
    • Human Services
    • Youth & Family Studies
  • Associate of Community Ministry
    • Gerontology
    • Human Services
    • Youth & Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Community Ministry
    • Gerontology
    • Social Work & Ministry
    • Creative Arts Therapy
    • Youth & Family Studies

     

 

Graduate Studies

  • Graduate Certificates
    • Faith Community Services
  • Master of Community Ministry
    • Faith Community Services
    • Social Work
    • Community Services in Global Cultures
    • Social Justice in Global Cultures
    • Family Studies in Global Cultures
  • MCM / MDiv Dual Degree

 

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Program Faculty

 

Course Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs

 

Contact Information

 

Still Have Questions?
Contact the Educational Liaison:

Pam Williams  

Educational Liaison

School of Community Ministry

pwilliams [at] missional.university

Or Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Ken Larimore

Chair, Department of Social Work & Ministry

Professor of Christian Social Work

Family Studies Specialist

klarimore [at] missional.university

Welcome

The Department of Social Work & Ministry develops culturally competent servant leaders grounded in biblical truth to practice generalist social work in diverse settings worldwide advancing human and community well-being.

 

Why Social Work & Ministry Studies?

A dynamic relationship exists between the Christian life and social work practice. Christians in social work & ministry ought not to be motivated by temporal wealth, power, or security. Christians in social work ought to examine and evaluate all human ideologies and social work theories and methods as to their consistency with the Bible, their consciences, social laws, and professional codes of ethics. Christians in social work & ministry ought to work for the temporal and external well-being of all human beings, and for the redemption of persons, communities and social institutions.

 

Why Missional University?

Social Work & Ministry studies at Missional University are based on six core values:

 

Biblically Based:

The core of the professional curriculum is integrated with biblical concepts and values. This allows students to respond to human needs from a biblical world and life view. This careful integration is essential to developing Christian social workers & ministers who are caring, committed, and competent.

 

Missionally Driven: 

Christians in social work & ministry ought to support and submit themselves to the highest standards of professional education, practice, and ethics. Christians in social work & ministry ought to use the insights of their faith in helping people by following the example of Jesus Christ. Christians in social work & ministry should be gospel-centered living each day joining in the mission of God around them.

 

Interculturally Focused:

The National Association of Social Workers (2001) defines cultural competence as a process by which individuals and systems respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each. The mission is to adhere to these standards as well as integrate Christian values of faith and love within the social work practice. Emphasizing this in education can promote students into practitioners that will utilize a holistic approach while practicing social work.

 

Contextually Informed:

The Department of Social Work & Ministry programs address current trends in the field. Students will learn how to work with persons in various environments using evidence-based practices, social science research methodology, and biblical truths about the understanding of humankind and his/her condition.

 

Practically Minded:

The Department of Social Work & Ministry programs offer insights, techniques, and interventions that teach learners to how meet the needs of their clients. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge and put it into their direct practice setting.

 

Experientially Transformed:

The Department of Social Work & Ministry program will extensively use case studies of the experiences of clients/ people who are in need. Learners will learn to listen and to respond effectively to the need of these people. Learners will also learn to do self-care to protect themselves from burnout.