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 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 5033Introduction to Prison Ministry3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7103Prison Ministry Practicum 13
CHAP 7113Prison Ministry Practicum 23
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 13
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