Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity: Chaplaincy

This program has been developed to prepare women and men for the ministry of chaplaincy in various contexts: military, hospitals, prisons, etc. The curriculum has been developed in consultation with persons who themselves have extensive experience in chaplaincy ministries. This curriculum seeks to meet the outcomes and requirements of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc

The structure of our broader M.Div. program has been utilized for this specific specialization. The program’s first phase includes the 36-credit pastoral ministry core curriculum (which also completes most educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene). The chaplaincy specialization (32 credits) comprises the second phase of a student’s education. Students will typically fulfill their supervised ministry requirement at an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) location.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry. (RH)
  2. The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the reign of God. (CC)
  3. The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement. (PSF)
  4. The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership. (MPL)
  5. The graduate articulates an understanding of Wesleyan-Holiness theology that is ecumenical in nature and assists in chaplaincy ministry practices that respond to human need. (RH)
  6. The graduate develops a working knowledge of the psychological, sociological, and religious dynamics that contribute both to individual and group responses to crises, transition, and interpersonal interaction. (CC)
  7. The graduate understands and develops chaplaincy skills to become God’s representative who stands with people in time of crisis and transition and extends God’s grace in meaningful and relevant ways. (PSF)
  8. The graduate demonstrates a holistic theological understanding of leadership and its practices as a chaplain by advancing Christian ministry and spiritual care outside traditional church settings. (MPL)
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