Chaplaincy Ministry (CHPL)

Chaplaincy Ministry (CHPL)

CHPL 500  Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Examines the theological and cultural issues of a formal and informal ministry setting. Explores the similarities and differences among the various types of chaplaincies. Gives attention to ministry in religiously pluralistic, multicultural and multi-staff environments. Emphasizes skills, strategies and character traits necessary for effective ministry.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 598  Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: CHPL 500

This course addresses the professional and spiritual formation of chaplains. Students will observe and evaluate, first-hand various chaplain ministries. Attention is given to the biblical nature of chaplain ministry and its practical application within the secular and pluralistic contexts of the military, healthcare, and community chaplain settings. Special emphasis is given to formation of godly character necessary for successful chaplain ministry.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 615  Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: CHPL 598 and CHPL 500

This course provides a study of the methodology and practice of biblical ethics applied within the secular and pluralistic contexts in which chaplains serve. Attention is given to chaplain ethical advisement of leaders and followers within the military, healthcare, and community chaplain environments. This course will prepare chaplains for ethical dilemmas through the development of an ethical decision model and personal code of ethics. Additionally, the course will address the ethics of evangelism and exercising ones faith in a pluralistic culture.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 640  Chaplain Leadership for Religious Freedom  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: CHPL 598 and CHPL 500

This course is a comprehensive study of chaplain leadership as it pertains to providing for the free exercise of religion and defending that constitutional liberty. This study will evaluate the chaplain's calling to servant leadership, examine biblical models of servant leadership, discern the internal and external dangers of chaplain leadership, and explore the unique opportunities and challenges chaplains face while seeking to provide spiritual ministry in secular and pluralistic settings. Special attention will be given to the spiritual leadership traits necessary for successful chaplain ministry. On Campus Intensive Only.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 645  Chaplain Resilient Leaders  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will examine in depth a biblical model for resiliency and resilient spiritual leadership for chaplains, introducing key characteristics and competencies which allow chaplain leaders to be resilient and set the conditions for successful performance, to lead through inevitable crises along the way, and to help individuals and organizations rebound from downturns to a brighter future. The course also addresses how resilient leaders stand the test of time, avoiding burnout and establishing essential disciplines of replenishment. On Campus Intensive Only.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 655  Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will focus on the biblical imperative of evangelism and various methods of witnessing in the pluralistic cultures in which chaplains serve. Particular emphasis will be given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings. Additionally, attention will be given to evangelism follow-up, discipleship, and scripture memorization. This course is taught online and in residence.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 665  Chaplain Crisis Counseling  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is an examination of the theory and practice of crisis intervention and approaches to short term pastoral counseling focused on the ministry of chaplains. On Campus Intensive Only.

Offered: Resident

CHPL 680  Military Chaplaincy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: CHPL 500 and CHPL 598

This course examines the theological, historical, constitutional, and cultural basis for professional military chaplains, and addresses the chaplain's opportunity to provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and advise commanders in order to best care for the warrior's soul. Attention is given to scriptural and military mandates for chaplains to provide spiritual warrior care, spiritual leadership, and spiritual counsel to military leaders. Further, the skills, strategies, and character traits necessary for effective chaplain ministry within military pluralistic culture will be explored. This course is taught as an intensive, in residence, and online.

Offered: Resident and Online

CHPL 681  Healthcare Chaplaincy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: CHPL 598 and CHPL 500

This course examines a biblical approach to theodicy, suffering and redemption, demonstrating the foundation for evangelical ministry in a healthcare environment. Attention is given to providing Christocentric spiritual care to patients and staff within pluralistic and secular settings.

Offered: Online

CHPL 682  Community Chaplaincy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: CHPL 598 and CHPL 500

This course examines a biblical approach to providing chaplain ministry in pluralistic and secular community settings. Attention is given to providing Christocentric chaplain leadership and spiritual care within the context of corporations, colleges, sports organizations, first response teams, and prison systems.

Offered: Online

CHPL 683  Sports Chaplaincy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: CHPL 500 and CHPL 598

This course examines the biblical, theological, philosophical, and cultural basis for sports chaplain ministry. Attention is given to scriptural principles empowering chaplains to provide spiritual leadership, care, and counsel to players, coaches, and families. Finally, students will evaluate and practice the skills, strategies, and character traits necessary for effective chaplain ministry within the pluralistic culture of sports.

Note: Course available Spring 2018

Offered: Online

CHPL 695  Directed Research  3 Credit Hour(s)  
CHPL 698  Chaplaincy Practicum  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

CHPL 698 - Chaplaincy Practicum (1 to 3 hours)

CHPL 699  Chaplaincy Internship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: CHPL 655 and HOMI 605 and (CHPL 680 or CHPL 681 or CHPL 682)

A practical field experience in military, healthcare, or community chaplaincy under the supervision of an approved mentor. The field, mentor, and nature of service must be approved beforehand by the professor. To receive 3 hours credit, students must spend a minimum of 150 field hours.

Offered: Resident and Online

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