Chaplaincy Ministry (CHPL)
The course provides a practical study of the theology of chaplaincy, as well as the application of the chaplain's theology in the secular and pluralistic contexts. Emphasis is given to the tension that exists for chaplains ministering to individuals from broad theological backgrounds. The course will prepare the chaplain to minister in pluralistic contexts, as well as, advise and mentor chaplains from a diversity of theologies.
The course provides a study in chaplain strategic leadership, focusing on the authority and responsibility of the chaplain to lead prophetically with godly character, insight, and wisdom within secular and religious contexts. Special emphasis is placed on the chaplain's position and opportunity to influence critical decisions and lives within military, healthcare, and community contexts.
This course is a study of theoretical and applied ethical leadership for chaplains serving as religious representatives and leaders in primarily secular, pluralistic environments. It will broadly explore the field of ethics from theological and philosophical perspectives providing the student with insights to critique them against biblical truth. The course will prepare chaplains to engage ethical problems through the development and application of a biblically based ethical decision-making model and personal code of ethics. Additionally, the course will address the ethics of evangelism, civil discourse, and the free exercise of one's faith in a pluralistic culture.