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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.

CHP 650 - Pastoral Crisis Response 3 Credits

Learners will be equipped with an understanding of how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions can be effectively integrated. Students will be taught the components of Pastoral Crisis Intervention (PCI) using the combination of faith-based resources in concert with traditional techniques used in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). The perspective of the scriptures, faith and theology provide a powerful addition to the standardized CISM methods equipping the care giver for effective ministry.

CHP 691 - Ministry in a Multi-Faith Environment 3 Credits

This course gives the student an opportunity to study a specialized area in the field of spiritual care. Students will broaden their knowledge and practical skills in chaplaincy through interactive research and developed understanding of current issues and concepts in the ministry field.

CHP 700 - Chaplaincy Practicum 3 Credits

This practicum experience will allow graduate students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge gained through course work with the ministry of chaplaincy. This ministry practicum is designed to provide the student preparing for vocational Christian Chaplaincy the opportunity to engage in the practice of ministry under competent, caring supervision. The practicum will engage students in the practice of integrating theological, philosophical and discipline specific learning. Students will receive formative counsel in reflection on the ministry experience to enhance the student’s personal growth and ministry preparedness.