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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Pastoral Care

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care offers community ministry practitioners and those involved in the spiritual care of others the following capabilities:

    • a theological understanding of personhood and ones relation to geographical place
    • ability to assess a person's faith development in a pluralistic setting
    • ability to increase capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and social transformation
    • ability to to evaluate ones own personhood and being so as to create insights into appropriate contextual mission strategies
    • ability to apply ethical principles in assisting others in making decisions and guiding behavior
    • 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 assist the lost and the lonely, the bruised and the battered, the broken and the bored

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 Undergraduate Certificate 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 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 Bachelor degree program

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What Will I Study?

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

Explores the theological and anthropological meaning and significance of the “person” and the “place” he/she occupies in God’s creation. A theology of individuality, identity, and community will be developed vis-à-vis the imago dei in the service of the missio dei.

This course explores the foundational information needed for effective pastoral care. The course will provide a survey of Clinical Pastoral Education. At the end of the course, the student will be able to assess a person's faith development in a pluralistic setting and learn how to offer spiritual care to people from various faith backgrounds.

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.

The current understanding of the pastoral function goes back to the description found in the New Testament and the practice of the early church. One who has a sphere of Christian influence and mentorship finds that they are doing pastoral work. This is especially true of those who are small group leaders. This is an introductory course to the biblical and theological foundation for the basic personhood and work of being of one who provides pastoral care. Particular attention will be given to creating insight into the appropriate contextual missional responses for a wide range of ministries.

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. This course will examine ethical principles regarding clients, boundaries with others, in relationship with provider faith group, other professionals, regarding advertising, and when conducting research.

Foundations of pastoral care will be explored 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 pastoral care communication model for relating to individuals in their own contexts and environments.

Basic skills for the caring Christian to live out their passion for Christ and their ability to assist the lost and the lonely, the bruised and the battered, the broken and the bored. Particular attention will be given to the foundational skills of listening, the development of empathy and feedback.

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

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

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.