M.A. in Pastoral Counseling
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed for graduates who plan to pursue careers in congregation-related vocations and who desire to develop counseling skills that will enhance their ministry as pastors or lay-counselors in churches. This degree is also appropriate for those who want to work as chaplains in hospitals, the military, and other settings.
1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.
2. Articulate an understanding of theological foundation for pastoral care and counseling.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of major theories of pastoral care and counseling and life cycle development concepts.
4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate theological tenets with psychological knowledge and skills in offering pastoral care and counseling.
5. Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to multicultural dynamics and issues of difference (race, gender, age, economics etc.).
6. Demonstrate pastoral counseling knowledge and skills in a variety of settings, including parish, para-church ministries, and workplace chaplaincy.