Prison Chaplaincy

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. Concilio Prison Ministry (Concilio), who currently organizes the Kairos Marathons, is 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.

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Program Overview

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
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
Christian Thought
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
Ministry Core
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 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 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 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
Electives2,3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90
  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