Certificate Program in 
Pastoral Ministry / Chaplaincy


(1) Goal:

The aim of this Program is to train suitable candidates for ministry and / or chaplaincy.

(2) Award: Certified Pastoral Minister
Postnomial: CPM

(3) General Guidelines


  • Each student is assigned one or more Faculty staff, who will serve as a guide and resource regarding required coursework and Term Papers. 
  • Most of this Program can be accomplished online, depending on the type of Course or practical training requirements.
  • This Program consists of four progressing modules, spread out over roughly one year / one Module per quarter (or any pace that is comfortable to the student).
  • Depending on which module, each one is subdivided into a number of specific classes and assignments, including a structured book list with reviews to conduct.
  • The length of each module is determined by the content of the curriculum, ranging from a minimum of three to eight credit hours per module. It is important to set time aside, upon mutual arrangement, to dedicate to this training in addition to spending time every day with reading or other assignments.
  • Everything can be completed at the student’s own pace. Pertinent to each module is a reading list of one to three books, provided by Faculty. The student will read / study each book thoroughly and write a brief book review once finished. It will be discussed during student-teacher conference.


(4) Modus operandi (in sequence)


  1. After activation of student status, students may begin their studies immediately and work at their own pace within the maximum allotted time frame. Extensions may be granted under certain circumstances.
  2. Each student will be provided with a Study Guide introducing School guidelines, policies and course requirements. 
  3. Assigned Faculty will contact the student to outline and discuss course requirements.
  4. The student will receive his first assignment.
  5. Both, Faculty and student, will stay in regular contact in order to ensure that all assignments are completed successfully.
  6. After all courses have been completed and the final assignment (such as a Term Paper) has been accepted, Faculty will make a recommendation to the Chancellor for the student to graduate.
  7. The student will receive his or her Certificate of Completion and be placed on the alumni list.
  8. An official Transcript may be requested by the alumnus at any time after graduation.


(5) Tuition

The tuition is based on a monthly sliding scale.


(6) Curriculum


MODULE 1


  1. Daily Spiritual Practice & Grounding

This class examines, explores and possibly expands the student’s awareness & daily practice

2. History

This class covers comparative religion and types of spiritual path with the focus on common ground and interfaith tradition

3. Spiritual Awareness

A personal journey of the student’s realization.

4. Culture Study

A study of human culture within its historical context and religious or spiritual expression. This class helps in understanding ritual and form.

5. Spiritual Language

A linguistic approach to spiritual terms as they are understood from their rudimentary language. The class also offers an authentic (vs. Anglicized) pronunciation guide to foreign language nomenclature.


Assignments:

  • Reading List

MODULE 2


  1. Liberation Theology (progressive theology)

A search into the depth of the liberating gospel as Jesus lived and taught it 2. Energy Healing I (theory)

The study of energy healing, its roots in history, lineages, practices

3. Ministry (skills, counseling, healing, Services)

Learning about basic skills when offering services to patients and clientele. Becoming a true minister or chaplain.


Assignments

  • Reading List & Book Reviews


MODULE 3


  • Ministry as Healing (practice)

This class is tailored to student needs or preferences. Various healing approaches. Building confidence in student abilities to offer and perform pastoral functions.


Assignments:

  • Reading List & Book Reviews


MODULE 4


  1. Spiritual Development (analysis of history, insight therapy)

Know yourself: Each student perform a confidential personal analysis of his or her life, beginning at childhood. With the help of the shaman or teacher, the student increases his or her awareness, limits, life choices, mentality, state of health, etc.


2. Attire and Demeanor (practical guide)

Practical guide addressing profile, first impression and public image.


3. Liturgical Training

chaplaincy

This is a practice class tailored towards the needs of the student


Assignments:

  • Final Paper (Project)

The student will have the opportunity to create a project demonstrating his or her understanding and interest. The student, upon consultation, may choose the topic. Technical details and format will be discussed prior to beginning the task.



OPTIONAL

  • Attunement
  • Ordination

This is upon student’s calling, spiritual formation and suitability