PCC3000 Intro to Chaplaincy Ministries

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wes Cohoon

Course Description:

This course explores the essential functions of chaplaincy. The student will demonstrate self-awareness through linking personal history and calling to current modes of pastoral care. The student will exhibit that he or she can be a non-anxious presence to people in times of crisis and reflect on the experience.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course will introduce the students to hospital ministry through exploring some key functions to chaplaincy. The class is highly personal and will require the students to critically engage underlying assumptions and ministry practices. The goal of the course is to help the student learn about him or herself, perform best pastoral care practices, and reduce ministry burnout. An unaware minister offering pastoral care can turn the session into an encounter where the minister validates him or herself and misses the patients needs.

Why This Course Is Important:

Chaplaincy involves a tension between doing and being. An effective pastoral caregiver has self-awareness and recognizes the gift of being a non-anxious presence with people in times of crisis. However, many ministers unknowingly carry around personal myths that influence and hinder their ability to be a calming presence for others or identify the patients needs. This class shows the minister how personal history and calling can allow for ministry longevity through pointing the patient to the only one and true Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.