When crisis happens, do you have the passion to provide emotional and spiritual support to those whose lives have been shaken or shattered? The chaplaincy ministry provides a unique opportunity for men and women of Christian faith to serve in various secular environments, responding to people who long to be cared for in their time of crisis.
chaplaincy programs offered
In partnership with CAREForce.us, a leading provider of Crisis Training, Response and Organizational Development for first-responder and community based organizations in the United States, Grace School of Theology now offers proven practical chaplaincy training that will ensure students are equipped with solid theological foundation and practical secular skills that will prepare them to share the love of Christ in both word and deed. Our courses can be taken on-site or fully online.
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Minor in Chaplaincy
Certificate in Chaplaincy (CC)
Master of Arts in Chaplaincy (MAC)
Master of Arts in Military Chaplaincy (MAMC)
Master of Divinity Minor in Chaplaincy (Coming soon)
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional chaplaincy training that equips pastors, church staff, and qualified laypersons with pastoral care skills for congregational and various community and clinical settings. It is a clinical method of learning to provide “care for the soul.” Through case studies and supervision, students develop clinical chaplaincy competencies. The course is attainable via Distance Learning (Virtual CPE) at Grace School of Theology and is recognized by Clinical Pastoral Education International (www.CPE-International.Org).
CPE is a pre-requisite for securing a hospice position in most hospice agencies. Completing CPE credits does not guarantee employment in a hospice agency but it pre-qualifies you to apply for it in agencies that has it as a requirement. CPE courses will be offered starting in the Fall semester 2019.
“For the last 15 years, CAREForce has been on a mission to equip the faith community with the core foundation, knowledge, and skills required to operate within the first responder and secular community environment as a chaplain. Our new collaboration with Grace School of Theology is truly an answer to our prayers, allowing us to embed all that CAREForce offers into an accredited program. The practical skills that will be acquired through this training, coupled with solid theological undergirding, will open doors in a way that is unprecedented elsewhere.”
– Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker, CAREForce Founder and Grace Director of Chaplaincy Programs
Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker is an Expert Witness and Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management, holding board certification in crisis chaplaincy, emergency response and stress management. He has also served on the education committee and is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. He is also a Master Trainer for LivingWorks.net, which provides the international standard for suicide intervention. He is also a Master Trainer for LivingWorks.net, which provides the international standard for suicide intervention. He also attended Level 1-4 of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Master Instructor Development Institute and is the author of the Law Enforcement Basic Chaplain course.
Grace is fully accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and The Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Video testimonial from CAREForce