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.  Students may choose to focus their studies on ministry for and with older adults by taking courses in aging and health.

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..

PC2525   Foundations of Pastoral Care  (Full course)
An investigation of the resources, methodologies, and approaches in pastoral care ministry on the basis of a biblical and theological understanding of God and human experience.  Pastoral care issues are addressed in relation ship to the multiplicity of contexts in which ministry occurs.


PC3519  Ministry to Mentally Ill Persons and Their Families (Full or half course)
The initial half of this course addresses the wide scope of mental illnesses that afflict human beings.  The particular and unique pastoral role in relationship to those so afflicted and their significant others who are affected will be examined.  In the second half of the course, particular attention will be given to the pastoral role in relationship to people who are depressed and those whom they affect.  Students may register for either half of the course or the full course.


FE4000 (OR FE4005/FE4009) Clinical Pastoral Education (Half course)
Clinical Pastoral Education is a program of study and practice in interpersonal relations intended for theological students and pastors... conducted at an approved center such as a hospital, correctional institution, or other clinical site....


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