Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
Chaplains offer spiritual and pastoral care in diverse settings, from hospitals to the military, and the need is great. In a world in which church attendance is dwindling, chaplains working in secular settings sometimes serve as the only point of contact between people in the wider community and the Christian church. Those serving as chaplains within the Canadian Armed Forces minister to military personnel and their families, regardless of their religious affiliation.
At Acadia Divinity College you will develop theological understandings of the chaplain’s unique call and be equipped in pastoral interventions, crisis response and stress management. You will also be well-trained to provide support to those facing mental health concerns, struggling with addictions, at risk of suicide, or dealing with grief and loss. Through supervised chaplaincy experience and instruction, you will complete two units towards the requirements for Clinical Pastoral Education certification.
The Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care was established by Acadia Divinity College in 2011. This Centre fosters and promotes clinical and theological excellence in the area of Pastoral Care through personal growth, the building of professional capacities and rigorous theological reflection. The Taylor Centre trains and prepares men and women for pastoral ministry in specialized forms, including hospital chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy, and a variety of other caring professions, for which care for the Spirit is of primary importance. Discover more by visiting their website.
Meet Col. Rev. Barbara L. Putnam
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|IDTH 5010||Orientation||Pass / Fail|
|BIBL 5023||Interpreting the Old Testament||3|
|BIBL 5033||Interpreting the New Testament||3|
|GREE 5013||Foundations of New Testament Greek||3|
|HEBR 5013||Foundations of Biblical Hebrew||3|
|BIBL (elective)||Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative)||3|
|BIBL (elective)||Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic Literature )||3|
|BIBL (elective)||Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel)||3|
|BIBL (elective)||Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle)||3|
|CHUR 5013||Introduction to Christian History||3|
|THEO 5013||Christian Theology 1||3|
|THEO 5023||Christian Theology 2||3|
|THEO 6013||Christian Ethics||3|
|THEO 7113||Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context||3|
|CHUR (elective)||Christian History elective||3|
|CHUR or THEO||Christian History elective or Theology elective||3|
|EVAN 5013||Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society||3|
|SPFM 5013||Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders||3|
|PAST 5053||Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching||3|
|PAST 5063||Christian Worship…Now||3|
|PAST 6053||Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’||3|
|DISP 5013||Transformational Discipleship Ministry||3|
|PACC 5013||Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling||3|
|PAST 7013||Mentored Ministry 1||3|
|PAST 7023||Mentored Ministry 2||3|
|Area of Specialization – Choose 4:|
|CHAP 5023||Introduction to Chaplaincy||3|
|CHAP 6013||Professional and Personal Ethics||3|
|CHAP 7016||Clinical Pastoral Education 1||3|
|CHAP 7026||Clinical Pastoral Education 2||3|
|PACC (elective)||Pastoral Care and Counselling elective||3|
|Total Credit Hours||90|
- Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
- Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
- Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.