Christian Chaplaincy Certificate

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Tuition: $2,320

Prerequisite: A Masters Degree or greater and a General Ministerial License or Ordination. If you are not currently licensed or ordained you must apply to Freedom Bible College and Seminary or another recognized Christian organization prior to completing the certificate program.

This program provides an overview for psychologists, social workers, clergy, corrections professionals, emergency responders, lay volunteers, etc. of the role that chaplains serve in the Church.  While pastors have a church as their base, chaplains are community based and minister to all faiths.  Chaplains tend to work where people cannot attend a church, such as in the military, or confinement to a prison or a hospital.  Chaplains are also a vital source of comfort and reassurance in times of crisis or trauma intervention.

Certificate students will be required to pass a criminal background check, complete an internship of community service with a mentor of their choice, and obtain continuing education credits to maintain their credentials.

Required Courses:

BSC-1023 – New Testament Survey

This course is a most enlightening look not only of the written Word of the New Testament, but for the examination of backgrounds and historical accounts of leaders of relevant eras. The text is excellent. It is clearly written and makes abundant use of visuals.

BSC-1053 – Prayer Essentials

This is a course that gives a step-by-step guide to building a church that prays. Gives methods to intentionally build prayer into the life and structure of the church as well as personal life.

CC-5324 – Christian Counseling Ethics

Training for counseling students in which in-depth individual topics including ethical and legal considerations are researched. The course will sensitize the student to the necessary relationship between counseling practice and his/her own assumptions.

CC-5344 – Crisis Counseling for Christians

An examination of major stress and points from birth to death.  Attention is given to pragmatic and therapeutic responses to crisis points.

CC-7214 – Intrinsic Healing II

When the world makes no sense there are biblical solutions for struggles with depression, anxiety, panic, addictions and guilt. Solutions lie in the development of basic undeveloped tasks that you may have failed to complete when growing up and tasks that bring changes that heal. Offers help in taking on the likeness of the one that created you.

CER-2063 – Fundamentals of Correctional Chaplaincy I

This course provides an overview for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, clergy, corrections professionals, and volunteers of the role that chaplains play in assisting prison management in the rehabilitation of offenders in addition to their ministerial and administrative responsibilities.

CER-2073 – Fundamentals of Correctional Chaplaincy II

Personal, authentic, and real emotions play out as Fundamentals of Correctional Chaplaincy II discusses the issue of church and state and the phenomenon of finding religion in prison. The text addresses in detail the prison formerly known as America’s bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more.

CER-2083  – Fundamentals of Correctional Chaplaincy III

This course provides an alternative resource on our prison system for chaplains, pastors, priests, and students working in theology, ethics, or counseling. Instead of the usual descriptive narratives of inmates’ lives or discussions of statistical approaches, this unique course combines a theological model with a viable programmatic approach to confront the oppression of incarceration and reverse its effects. It looks at the vital issues facing juveniles in the criminal justice system (the transition from county jail to a correctional facility, victimization, rejection, under-stimulation, homosexual rape) and examines the creation of non-threatening niches to address coping structures needed to move toward forgiveness and reconciliation.

CER-2093 – Fundamentals of Correctional Chaplaincy IV

For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prisons to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. This course will empower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough “inside-out” view of prison life.

CER-20103  – The Chaplain as Caregiver I: Ministry to Those in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

The text for this course is afield manual for giving pastoral care to the sick. In addition to general hospital visitation information, special sections describe the emotional and spiritual needs of patients with a wide variety of illnesses and highlight the therapeutic value of using appropriate humor. Includes Scripture passages, prayers, and hospital service suggestions.

CER-20113 – The Chaplain as Spiritual Caregiver II: Where Is God when People Hurt?

The Chaplain as a Spiritual Caregiver II offers guidance on caring for a patient’s soul using a revised and expanded guide for anyone who provides care to those who are suffering.

MIN-3213 – Christian Social Ministry

The text of this course is biblically rooted, historically informed, theologically thorough, and eminently practical. It deals with contemporary social issues using Christian ministry.