Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
96-98 $538 12 3 18 3 29 4 6 18 3-5

Overview

The emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling provides preparation for ministry to individuals, couples, families and groups focusing on renewal, preparation, enrichment and equipping.

Goals

  • Develop empathic listening skills and the commitment to use and teach these skills in life and ministry.
  • Be aware of their personal issues and the ability and commitment to develop a personal network for growth.
  • Develop a commitment to and practice of sound ethical principles related to pastoral ministry.
  • Be aware of their limitations, with an ability to diagnose the pathology of individuals, couples, and families and to know how and to whom to refer people to for needed help.
  • Be aware of theories and the issues of counseling and the lifespan development of people and have the ability to apply this knowledge in ministry contexts.
  • Understand ministry skills and be able to apply them in program development of pastoral ministry.
  • Be able, in counseling, to move people from relationship through realization to responsibility.
  • Be committed to the application of biblical knowledge and theological foundations in the exercise of ministry skills.

Curriculum

Course Units
BE 517 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods 3
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
NT 503 Introduction to Exegesis 3
SF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology & Formation 3
TH 511 Theology I - Revelation & Nature of God 3
SS 510 Theological Research Method 1
PT 591 Introduction to field Education 1
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
HT 506 Reformation, Modern Theology 3
NT 604 Exegesis in the Gospels 3
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man... 3
PT 707 Foundations of Past. Care & Counseling 2
SF 503 Personal Foundation of Spiritual Formation 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
PT 592 Field Education 0
TH 512 Theo II: Works of God, Angels, Man 3
CL 555 Introduction to World Missions 3
CE 600 Educational Ministry in the Church 3
OT 603 Elements of Hebrew I 3
PT 609 Expository Preaching 3
PT 708 Advanced Pastoral Care & Counseling 3
SF 504 Spiritual Formation, Vocation & the Disciplines 0
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation, & the Spirit 3
NT 605 Exegesis in the Epistles & Acts 3
OT 604 Elements of Hebrew II 3
PT 693 PCC Internship I 1
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church & Last Things 3
PT 703 Church & Society 3
PT 740 Issues & Ethics in Ministry 2
HT 505 Patristic & Medieval Theology 1
OT 705 Exegesis in Genesis & Selected Passages 3
PT 604 Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy 3
PT 628 Marital Counseling 3
PT 696 Internship 1
  Thesis First Draft or Elective 2
BE 726 Exposition Methodology in Daniel, Revelation 3
PH 602 Apologetics 3
PT 696 Internship 1
PT 716 Addressing Common Pastoral Counseling Concern 3
PT 725 Counseling Troubled Families 3
  Thesis Final Draft or Electives 1-3
  Total 96-98
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