Pastoral Care

Do you like to provide a listening ear? Are you interested in providing biblically-grounded counsel to your congregation?

If the answers to these questions describe you, then you may want to consider pursuing the Pastoral Care emphasis.

Northern has developed a Pastoral Care emphasis designed to fit the specific interests and needs of individuals interested in exploring a call to this type of ministry. The specialized courses will prepare students who are interested in providing pastoral care as an essential part of their ministry. Combined with a comprehensive academic degree program that provides a solid foundation in the study of scripture, church history, theology and ethics, specialized courses challenge the student to engage in and reflect on issues integral to providing appropriate, biblically-grounded pastoral care. Northern Seminary provides students with unique ways to learn how to share Christ in context. Through a variety of experiential learning methods —which could include, for example, students taking turns at role-playing between pastor and care recipient —students receive practical, first-hand training that will equip them for contextually-relevant ministry leadership. Individuals pursuing the Pastoral Care emphasis benefit from Northern’s commitment to personal, holistic ministry training. From the availability of professors to engage in discussion and guide students in discerning their call, to the opportunity to connect with other students on the same path, individuals experience a community that partners with them in their journey toward effective Pastoral Care.

Is this program for me?

The Pastoral Care emphasis is for:

  • Anyone interested in deepening his or her knowledge of pastoral care;
  • Individuals who may be called to pastoral care focused ministry;
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized pastoral care skills for their ministry context.

The Pastoral Care emphasis can be acquired by completing a combination of any five Pastoral Care courses (not including CPE) as part of any of the following programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, and Graduate Certificate.

Examples of Pastoral Care courses include: Introduction to Pastoral Care, Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Care of Women, Conflict Mediation, Premarital and Marital Counseling, and Pastoral Care During Life Transitions.


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