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CHM 500 - The Learning Church 3 Credits

The student will survey the entire learning ministry of the local church including worship, teaching, community life and service; all with age specific needs in mind. This course will enable the student to initiate a personal philosophy and practice of church ministry.

CHM 501 - Theory and Theology of Learning 3 Credits

Reflecting upon the theological, historical and practical dimensions of teaching/learning, the student will develop an appreciation for how people learn to become disciples of Christ. The student will also develop a basic foundation of learning principles and practice using them in a ministry setting.

CHM 508 - Small Groups in the Chuch 3 Credits

This course focuses upon leading a vibrant small group ministry. The student will embrace a theology of the church community and an appreciation for the longstanding historic role of small groups within the church. In addition, the student will acquire contemporary insights related to small group dynamics and the organization of a small group ministry within the church

CHM 594 - Special Topics - Christian Ministry 3 Credits

This course gives the student an opportunity to focus in a specialized area of Church Ministry. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.

CHM 661 - Family Ministry 3 Credits

A study of the way in which the needs of the family are met within the church or other family work setting contexts. The student will study a biblical, philosophical, theoretical, strategically, administrative and research approach in understanding and addressing these needs.

CHM 692 - OT Leadership and Spiritual Formation 3 Credits

The Old Testament themes of leadership and spiritual formation are expressed in and through the history, activities, beliefs and teachings of the first followers of God, from scattered individuals to a unified socio-political state. In terms of spiritual formation, this course explores the nature of personal “face to face” encounters/relationships with the divine. In terms of leadership, the life and leadership of various “unequaled” Old Testament leaders will be examined. Throughout the course, participants will explore specific theological and practical frameworks to evaluate their own spiritual health and ministry leadership. Cross-listed as BOT 692. Prerequisite: BIB 505

CHP 540 - Pastoral Care for Dying, Grief and Loss 3 Credits

Pastors, chaplains, counselors and other helping professionals will develop a pastoral theology and response to dying, grief and loss through biblical, cultural, and psychological insights. Students will gain an understanding of the grief journey for people from diverse backgrounds, affirming and respecting strengths and differences. The course will encourage an understanding of how one’s personal losses enrich them and equip for ministry. This course will equip pastoral care givers for ministry to those who are experiencing dying, grief and/or loss.

CHP 630 - Biblical and Theological Foundations of Chaplaincy 3 Credits

One of two foundational chaplaincy/spiritual care courses, designed to help students understand how the contemporary practice of chaplaincy integrates lessons from the human and behavioral sciences with the pastoral practice of chaplaincy as rooted in the disciplines of biblical and theological studies. Students will be challenged to consider how pastoral practice is responsibly informed by biblical, theological and traditional perspectives. Concepts of hope, community and compassion will be examined. Since the ministry of the professional chaplain occurs in pluralistic society, a course emphasis will be on how to carry an evangelical imperative in a public ministry context.

CHP 631 - Foundational Theory and Practice of Spiritual Care 3 Credits

One of two foundational chaplaincy/spiritual care courses, this class will explore the professionalization of chaplaincy in contemporary society. Students will examine spiritual and religious care practices that can facilitate persons in their spiritual growth and healing. The theory and practice of the professional chaplain as a non-congregational minister in contemporary society will be examined. Learners will further develop the ability of spiritual assessment and care planning, theological reflection and ethical discourse in the application of spiritual/religious interventions.

CHP 640 - Ethics and Leadership Issues in Chaplaincy 3 Credits

An examination of issues of personal and professional ethics and leadership that arise in the context of professional chaplaincy ministry. Special attention is given to matters of accountability to clients and professional associations, and to appropriate personal conduct for a Christian chaplain whose moral decision-making should be guided by a biblical/Christian ethic. Students will exercise the process of strategic planning for the development of spiritual care programs. The course seeks to foster an effective connection between theory and praxis through lectures, case discussions, and shared reflections.