Informed by biblical, theological, and scientific approaches to personhood and relationships, frameworks are provided for congregational and pastoral care ministries with persons who are single, divorced, preparing for marriage, married, and in families. Students learn enrichment, crisis counseling, conflict resolution, and community support skills. Special attention is paid to challenges that arise in parenting, immigration, situations of unemployment, and abuse.
This course integrates biblical, theological, theoretical, and neurobiological understandings of therapeutic and pastoral prevention, enrichment, and intervention. Protocols are examined and basic counseling skills are practiced for common pastoral counseling situations, such as premarriage and remarriage counseling, uncomplicated grief, couple conflict, and parent-child interaction. Students explore the development of interventions and healing rituals for congregational and community crises. Particular attention is given to ethical issues, intercultural dynamics, and capacity for reflective practice.
It is recommended that students take CG525 or CG530 prior to this course.
An investigation of the resources, methodologies, and approaches to 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.
This course introduces students to concepts and practices in the care and formation of persons, families, and congregations with attention to diversity within cultures, ecclesial traditions, and generations. Attention will be given to paradigm shifts in the practice of ministry from classical models to clinical/professional models, and now to communal and contextual models of care and formation, so that students have historical frameworks to develop a holistic vision for ministry. Integrating theological and social scientific resources and engaging contemporary issues and challenges in the world, this course will offer students a framework for care and formation that involves listening (to God, to neighbor, and to self) interpreting pressing challenges in care and formation, and developing effective responses for leading ministries of care and formation in a variety of settings.
This course introduces students in the MA professional degree track to a variety of understandings of church, the nature of Christian leadership and ministry concentrations within their programs. Students will reflect on and cultivate their own ecclesiology based on core theological commitments and their ministry concentration, be introduced to a missiological understanding of the church's identity, and be challenged to examine leadership theologically and theoretically.