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Online Graduate Certificate in
Spiritual Caregiving in Missional Settings

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The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving in Missional Settings offers chaplains, community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:

    • ability to create democratic and generative spaces for theological reflection and understanding through interpersonal dynamics of adult learning
    • ability to increase capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and social transformation
    • ability to develop and implement a customized plan of self-care that fosters an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God
    • ability to provide spiritual caregiving in crises and disasters through appropriate models of crisis intervention
    • ability to provide spiritual caregiving in healthcare contexts while ministering in a multi-faith context within an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals
    • ability to provide spiritual caregiving in correctional institutions by developing individualized plans based on theological reflection and spiritual assessments
    • ability to provide spiritual caregiving in the context of social service delivery settings such as addressing child abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, aging, and mental health and illness.

Spiritual care is that care which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or ordinance/sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. Some people find meaning, comfort, hope, goodness and community through their religious practice, beliefs and/or community of faith. Some people do not. Regardless of whether religious faith is a part of a person's life, spiritual concerns, resources and needs can still be very important. Spiritual caregiving provides an opportunity for missional Christians to join in the mission of God who is at work in the lives of others. The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving in Missional Settings equips students to provide spiritual, emotional and relational support to people who are seeking answers to what we call the "big" questions of life during crises and disasters, in healthcare contexts, in correctional institutions, and in the context of social service delivery.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving serving spiritual needs in the mission of God.

The nature of theological education within the local missional community is examined. It explores and analyzes the intersection of communicative action, the relationality of the Triune God, and the interpersonal dynamic of adult learning, allowing the missional leader to create democratic and generative spaces for theological training.

What does it mean to be a spiritual caregiver? How does one provide spiritual care in a world increasingly resistant to organized religion and institutional structures? This course engages what it means to be an instrument of Christ in a world with increasing meaninglessness and hopelessness. In this course, students will examine the biblical foundations of spiritual caregiving, the interpersonal development of spiritual caregivers, and the capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and societal transformation. This foundational course prepares spiritual caregivers to go on towards a caregiving specialty.

In order to effectively care for others, the caregiver must also care for self. This course uses the concept of an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God to explore multiple aspects of self-care for spiritual and healthcare providers. Ample opportunities for developing and implementing a customized plan of self-care are included.

This course will assist the student to develop an advanced understanding of how to provide spiritual caregiving in crises and disasters and it will equip them to support and/or participate in such ministry in either a professional or voluntary capacity. Emphasis will be placed on the various models of crisis intervention that are currently being practiced.

How does one apply the calling of spiritual caregiving to the unique world of healthcare? This course equips spiritual caregivers to apply their spiritual gifts towards the specific context of healthcare. Under examination are the challenges of ministering in a multi-faith context, developing one’s personal identity as a caregiver, and functioning in an interdisciplinary context with other healthcare professionals. Students will have opportunity to apply their learning to the specific area of healthcare to which they are called.

This course shall challenge the learners to critically think as they develop a complete verbatim that includes, 1) evaluating functioning as a minister, 2) developing theological reflections on encounters, and 3) developing plans in ministering to individuals, 4) key dynamics present in events, and 5) developing a spiritual assessment tool along with other points as well.

Provides an overview of a range of social problems and society's response to them through the social service delivery system and through Christian organizations. The problems and services described include: child abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, aging, mental health and illness, and corrections. Within this context, various career options and professional roles will be described, including that of social work. The course will provide readings related to Christianity and Social Work. The course will teach students how to provide clients with spiritual care along with meeting the physical and psychological needs of their clients.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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Chaplain, Chaplain-Pastoral Care, Chaplain-Spiritual Care Services, Community Life Coordinator, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Director for Church Life and Pastoral Care, Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Spiritual Care, Director Pastoral Care, Family Support Coordinator, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Manager of Spiritual Care, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Administrator, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Spiritual Care Advisor, Spiritual Care Assistant, Spiritual Care Associate, Spiritual Care Chaplain, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Spiritual Care Director, Spiritual Care Lead, Spiritual Care Provider, Spiritual Coordinator, Spiritual Life Coordinator

 

 

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$395
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$1185

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$316
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$948

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$237
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$711

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$158
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$474

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.