The Bachelor of Ministry – Prison and Hospital Chaplaincy Track is 39 Hours – Total Hours Required 120
For students who desire to minister to and provide spiritual support to those who are unable to attend organized religious services because they are hospitalized or incarcerated.
Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalent
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Hours required over the track are made up of life/work/ministry (LWMT) credits, prerequisites and electives.
Required Track Courses:
CC-3303 – Introduction to Psychology
The study for entering students in which the basic therapeutic skills are taught. Focus is placed on skills necessary in all types of Christian applications of Psychology.
CC-3313 – Developing Christian Counseling Strategy
The student will review a whole range of opinions concerning the place of counseling in the local church. While acquiring a knowledge base for the development of a counseling strategem in his/her own church, the student will become familiar with the practices and techniques of training others.
CC-5324 – Christian Counseling Ethics
A 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.
CC-53114 – Healing Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse From a Christian Perspective
This course is an intensely personal and specific look at this most “soul deadening” form of abuse. Personal because it may be affecting you, your spouse, a close friend or neighbor, or someone you know well at church. It is specific because it goes well beyond the general issues and solutions normally discussed.
This course requires both a text and a workbook.
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.
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.