Pastoral Ministry - Certificate
The purpose of the pastoral ministry certificate program is to prepare students for ministry in today's church and society. The program integrates three necessary competencies for effective ministry: faith-based spirituality, theological depth and pastoral experience.
Students may acquire the certificate either with or without a baccalaureate degree or while pursuing the masters of arts degree in theology. Specific components of the certificate program required for all students are as follows:
- A learning contract, through which students identify ministry goals and concrete objectives to attain them.
- Required courses as noted below.
Course List Code Title Credits B.A. Non-Theology Majors and Certificate Only Students Select six of the following: 24 New Testament Studies Christian Ethicsor THEO 2850 Social Justice: A Christian Perspective Jesus of Nazareth, Christ of Faith All are Welcome - Church as Beloved Communityor THEO 2800 Eat, Pray, Heal: Christian Sacramentality Pastoral Theology Issues in Pastoral Theology Practicum - Letter Graded (see #3 below) B.A. Theology Majors Courses for the theology major must include: THEO 3020 Pastoral Theology 4 THEO 3060 Issues in Pastoral Theology 4 THEO 4754 Practicum - Letter Graded (see #3 below) 4
- Theological field education is a supervised internship in a pastoral setting. As a form of internship, students arrange it in prior consultation with the program coordinator. Registration for the credit is required for students that are only seeking the certificate. Students seeking a bachelor's degree are not required to register for credit but must complete an approved ministry practicum experience within their time of study.
- The ministry portfolio, through which students demonstrate professional skills and an integrated understanding of their personal role in ministry.