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Online Graduate Certificate in
Theory, Theology & Skills in Pastoral Care

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The Graduate Certificate in Theory, Theology & Skills in Pastoral Care offers community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:

    • ability to develop a theology of Christian social engagement and the role God intends for humanity in developing community and society
    • ability to increase capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and social transformation
    • ability to assess a person’s faith development in a pluralistic setting and contextualize a pastoral care approach
    • ability to develop pastoral care ministries based on a biblical and theological framework
    • abliity to develop a personal ethical code for the practice of pastoral care supported by ethical reasoning
    • abliity to counsel individuals based on an understanding of the current theories of counseling, the broad categories of the DSM V and particular focus on Axis II Personality Disorders
    • ability to develop a pastoral communication model for relating to people with differing cultural context, ethnic diversity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, religious orientation, and socioeconomic status
    • ability to develop and implement a customized plan of self-care that fosters an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God

Pastoral Care is the support that Christians offer one another in daily living and at times of need or crisis in personal and communal life. Thus, pastoral care consists of helping actions directed towards the healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling and nurturing of persons whose troubles and concerns arise in the context of daily interactions and ultimate means and concerns. A major component of pastoral care is that of "spiritual 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. The Graduate Certificate in Theory, Theology & Skills in Pastoral Care equips students to serve individuals and families by providing spiritual, emotional and relational support to the most vulnerable in diverse settings (homes, senior residences, correctional/prisons, health care and churches, and others).

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 role God intends for humanity in developing community and society as part of His created order will be explored. It will examine the theological doctrines of Creation, Fall, and Redemption, and the cultural mandate as the basis for humanity’s involvement in community. Students will engage in analytical discussions, research, and presentations on the theology of Christian social engagement.

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.

This course develops the student’s ability to engage in chaplaincy in various situations and among different kinds of people. At the end of the course, the student will be able to assess a patient’s faith development in a pluralistic setting and contextualize a pastoral care approach. The student will effectively compose pastoral care questions. The student will understand how to identify the unspoken needs of another person and guide them through difficult emotional situations. Finally, the student will choose and defend a pastoral care approach.

An in-depth analytical framework of the Biblical foundations, Theological background and current theories to equip Christians for the work of ministry to people in the passages and crises of life.

Professional ethics sets forth the values and standards of pastoral care, assists in making decisions and guiding behavior, provides a means for accountability, and helps inform expectations regarding pastoral care providers. Students will analyse case studies, apply ethical reasoning, and develop a personal code for the practice of pastoral care supported by ethical reasoning.

An in-depth equipping to counsel individuals. There will be an emphasis on counseling individuals in the transitional periods of life, as well as through the crises of life. This course will equip the student with an understanding the current theories of counseling, the broad categories of the DSM V and particular focus on Axis II Personality Disorders. This course is built upon the student having a basic knowledge of listing and epithetical support.

Students will assess foundations of pastoral care with an emphasis upon cultural context, ethnic diversity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, religious orientation, and socioeconomic status. From these perspectives, students will develop a comprehensive pastoral care communication model for relating to individuals in their own contexts.

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.

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.