M.A. Concentration in CONGREGATIONAL AND COMMUNITY CARE

This specialization is designed to empower students for creative leadership in the ministry of holistic care.  Coursework brings together theological and psychosocial reflection on multiple dimensions of care --- care of self, care of persons and families, care of congregations, and care of communities. 

Sample Concentration Courses

(Note: The courses below may not all be required.  In some cases, students select one or more courses from a longer list as a means of fulfilling a requirement.) See the online catalog for more details.

CG0530   Foundations of Congregational and Community Care  (Full course)
An investigation of the resources, methodologies, and approaches in pastoral care ministry on the basis and theological understanding of God and human experience.  Pastoral care issues are addressed in relationship to the multiplicity of contexts in which ministry occurs.

FE0521-FE0524  Christian Public Leader - M.A. Degree Programs (Semesters 1-4) (Half courses)
Christian Public Leader (CPL) is designed to provide short-term contextual education placements in which students can explore academic and theological questions in a real-world environment.  CPL therefore partners effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation or community-based organization.  Additionally, with this context as their primary conversation partner students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership, and develop their own leadership practices.  Throughout the semester, students will work with their mentor (both independently and in cohorts) to develop learning goals, achieve those goals through participation in the life of the organization and assess their progress at the conclusion of the course.  FE0521-FE0524 Christian Public Leader (0.5 credit course) is required for four semesters for M.A. students. 

FE0500 (OR FE0505/FE0509) Clinical Pastoral Education (Full course)
Clinical Pastoral Education offers students the opportunity to develop and integrate theological knowledge and professional skills in a wide variety of clinical contexts such as hospitals, extended care facilities, social service and social justice organizations, and congregational settings.  The primary locus of learning are the people and relationships affected by the act of giving spiritual care, including both the one who receives and the one who gives that care.  Some methods employed to develop this reflective practice include verbatims, journaling, peer group  sessions, and one-on-one conversations with a CPE supervisor. 

For a complete list of courses and more thorough curriculum and concentration detail, see the online catalog.