Pastoral Counseling, M.Div.
The Masters in Pastoral Counseling concentration is designed for those who desire to be involved in a counseling ministry, but who also want a solid biblical and theological foundation upon which to build their perspectives and practices of counseling.
This Master of Divinity degree program is intended especially for those who desire to minister through a pastoral counseling degree under the auspices of the local church. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.)
People are hurting, and they often turn to their pastor to seek spiritual guidance and help. Many of our students have been called by God to shepherd the body of Christ in ways that bring healing and restoration. The Master of Divinity with the pastoral counseling concentration provides both a deep theological foundation and skills for dealing with hurting people. The counseling courses in this degree are provided by the faculty in the Graduate Department of Counseling at Grace.
The MDiv degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study. There are eight concentrations: General Studies, Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ministry, Exegetical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Women’s Leadership, and Chaplaincy Studies. Advanced Standing credit may be obtained for up to 18 credit hours of the MDiv degree and 36 credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution. The combination of Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit is limited to 36 credit hours.
The Pastoral Counseling concentration is designed for those who desire to be involved in a counseling ministry, but who also want a solid biblical and theological foundation upon which to build their perspectives and practices of counseling.
A pastoral counselor's most important job is to provide support, spiritual guidance, and counseling to those in need.
Lay Counseling Ministry
This course will examine the relationship between the fields of psychology and theology. A theology of “integration” will be presented.
In this course, students will examine today’s predominant counseling theories in order to develop their own biblical framework in which they will provide counsel to others.
This course will examine the various skills, methods and techniques used by a Christian or Pastoral Counselor to effectively minister to those being counseled.
This course will examine how to effectively engage in pre-marital counseling to help couples prepare for marriage and to help couples who are struggling in their marriage.
Through reading and writing, pastoral interviews, you will learn about: servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.