Those who are called to minister to persons who are incarcerated, or to ex-offenders in the community, require specialized training.
At Acadia Divinity College we provide you with an understanding of the effect of guilt, grief, and shame in the prisoner’s life. You will also be equipped with approaches to pastoral counselling and the development of chaplaincy programs. Through supervised chaplaincy experience and instruction, you will complete one unit towards the requirements for Clinical Pastoral Education certification.
In addition to two practicums of mentored prison ministry experiences in an approved setting, you will have the opportunity to participate in Kairos Marathons, a spiritual and therapeutic circle experience with inmates at the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) Springhill Institution . Kairos Marathons create an environment of trust and openness where both inmates and volunteers discover God’s healing for their deep wounds and forgiveness for their wrongful actions.
The Kairos Marathons are organized by Concilio Prison Ministry (Concilio), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to prisoners and families during incarceration and after release. Concilio was also founded on the professional and spiritual legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Charles J. Taylor, faculty member at ADC from 1953 to 2003.
For admission requirements and tuition information visit the Master of Arts (Theology) page.
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours IDTH 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail Biblical Studies BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3 BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3 BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective 3 BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective 3 Christian Thought CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3 THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3 THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3 THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3 THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3 Prison Chaplaincy Specialization CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3 CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3 CHAP 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics 3 CHAP 7103 Prison Ministry Practicum 1 3 CHAP 7113 Prison Ministry Practicum 2 3 CHAP 7016 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 6 PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3 PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3 Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Elective1 (elective) Elective 3 (elective) Elective 3 Total Credit Hours 60
- Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.