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Master of Arts in Church Ministries

Pastoral Care Track


  1. To become familiar with theological, psychological, spiritual, and sociological perspectives on pastoral care as a ministry of the church
  2. To gain basic skills in pastoral and spiritual care, including leadership skills in integrating pastoral and spiritual dimensions of care in various ministry contexts
  3. To acquire theological perspectives on, and basic skills in, ministry with two significant populations in the church's ministry: families, and the infirm and dying

This degree track may prepare students for (or enrich students in) paid or unpaid vocations such as Director of Pastoral/Congregational Care, Minister of Visitation, Director of Spiritual Life/Growth/Formation, Deacon, or Pastoral/Parish Associate within a church, parish, or denominational body; or as Chaplain within a nursing home or retirement/assisted-living complex.

Required Courses

  • PT/SP602 Pastoral and Spiritual Care

One of the following two courses:

  • PT622 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • PT720 Introduction to Spiritual Direction

One of the following two courses:

  • PT705 Grief Counseling
  • PT742 Ministry to the Ill and Dying

One elective in practical theology (PT), spirituality (SP), or religious education (RE)

One free elective