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

Program Overview

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
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
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 6053Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 13
CHAP 7026Clinical Pastoral Education 23
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. 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.
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Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca