Foundation of Chaplaincy
The course is an overview of the nature and history of chaplaincy ministry. It will examine the biblical and theological foundations of a ministry of presence, which often comprises the core of chaplaincy ministry. Participants will also study the history and development of Chaplaincy as a pastoral calling, along with an examination of its role and function in the Church, community and professional world. Issues dealing with the personal spiritual formation of the chaplain are examined. The chaplain’s identity, purpose, and ethical expectations will be discussed.
Chaplaincy Formation and Professional Ethics
Chaplaincy formations will cover the nature of institutional chaplain ministries such as military, healthcare, correctional, and campus chaplaincies and explore their commonalities, distinctiveness, and expectations. It will significantly focus on an overview of a chaplain’s personal and professional life, general legal aspects of Chaplaincy, and a chaplain’s opportunities in the public arena. Students will be exposed to a local institution and asked to provide an in-class reflection on the practicum using discussion, verbatim, and small group principles.
Multi-Religious Context Chaplaincy
This course focuses on the role of the chaplain in a multi-religious context. Issues such as non-Christian religious worldviews, religious freedom and the chaplain as reconciler are examined.
Worship, Homiletics and Healing
The role of worship in healing would be examined in this course. Emphasis shall be placed on helping the chaplain prepare, lead and explore worship as a healing process.
Care of the Bereaved and Dying
The purpose of this course is to examine the biblical, theological, cultural, religious, relational, and psychological aspects of dying and death and providing and the bereaved emotional and spiritual support.
Theology of the Old Testament
Theology of the Old Testament Studies major theological themes of the OT in the light of the literary, cultural, and historical contexts of ancient Israel. Tracing the birth and development of such concepts as God, humankind, covenant, sin, sacrifice, etc., and the implications these had on Christian theology is the primary purpose of this course.
Theology of the New Testament
This course aims at surveying New Testament theological themes within the framework of the various New Testament books as well as across the entire New Testament. A special focus is rendered to such themes as the unity and the authority of the New Testament, and the methodologies for doing New Testament theology.
Theology of Creation and Human Suffering
The course explores the theology of creation and the results of the Fall given rise to human suffering and evil as opposed to the purpose of God in creating and redeeming this world
Clinical Pastoral Education-1 (CPE-1)
Students would be required to engage in a supervised six-week internship in their specific area of chaplaincy interest. The total hours required for this internship is 240.