SCHOOL OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

Chaplaincy Studies

CHA578   Introduction to Chaplaincy     3 hours
An examination of the theological and practical considerations for the chaplaincy in the 21st century while exploring requirements for various types of chaplaincies. Attention is given to today’s chaplaincy in a pluralistic environment. Included in the themes are the pulpit, prayer, visitation, counseling, relationships, communication, and interaction in chaplaincy. The role of the chaplain as spiritual leader and counselor are stressed.

CHA580   Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Ministry     3 hours
An overview of various ministries of the chaplaincy in a pastoral context. The roles of the chaplain as shepherd, crisis counselor, encourager, leader, and administrator are discussed in detail. The military unit as a congregation are examined. Emphasis is placed on the strategies for creating a healthy social and spiritual environment and for promoting a Bible teaching ministry that provides spiritual guidance.

CHA620   Constitutional Foundations of the Military Chaplaincy     3 hours
An analysis of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States as it relates to military chaplaincy.  Students will become adept in their understanding of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause as well as the First Amendment to ministry in the military.

CHA621   The Chaplaincy Ministry in the United States Military     3 hours
An in-depth examination of the role of the chaplain in the United States Military. The history and function of the chaplaincy, its founding, development, and current standing are studied in the light of changes in the military. Students are led in conducting research through established survey instruments, and through interviews with active duty and reserve military personnel.

CHA624   The Personal Ethics of a Military Chaplain     3 hours
This course addresses ethical issues in institutional chaplaincy.  Some of the issues to be examined include: capital punishment, sexual morality, homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, just war theory, preventative war theory, and nuclear war.

CHA630  Theological Foundations of the Military Chaplaincy     3 hours
An analysis of the biblical, theological, and practical considerations in ministering in a pluralistic environment in the military.  Special attention is given to the responsibilities of the chaplain as a minister.

CHA655  Special Studies in Chaplaincy      1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Chaplaincy. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

CHA656   Special Studies in Chaplaincy     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Chaplaincy. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

CHA672 Clinical Pastoral Education     6-8 hours
A professional course that in an approved CPE training hospital or medical center brings a student into supervised ministry to people in crisis.  The course involves lectures, discussion, counseling, research, assessment, reporting of visitation, reflection, and supervised ministry in a clinical setting.  CPE is particularly important for persons who plan to enter chaplaincy posts of various kinds and also applicable to a variety of ministry settings.  Upon completion of CHA672, a student will be able to apply introductory principles of ministry in a clinical setting under supervision and will be equipped to enter unit Two of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Students register for the credit hours at PIU, and the University pays the CPE center the required tuition up to 75% of the total PIU tuition.  CPE credits may be applied toward the MA in Ministry, MABS, and M.Div. programs.  Graduates may earn ACPE Certification by completing units Two, Three, and Four.

CHA800   Introduction to Military Chaplaincy      3 hours
First course in a four course concentrated program for students desiring to enter the professional ministry of military chaplain. This introductory course examines religious ministry within the context of the military environment. The history, requirements, call, work, pluralistic situation, cultural setting, and additional unique elements of religious ministry in military are addressed. Institutional duality and the constitutional separation of church and state are explored. The Endorsing Agency and Chaplain Candidate programs are specifically explained. The student will grasp the military writing and briefing concept as well as military preaching venues. The conduct of war and the religious ministry are examined within the battlefield framework of the Civil War.

CHA840   Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Garrison Operations     3 hours
Second course in a four course concentrated program for students desiring to enter the professional ministry of military chaplain. This course examine religious ministry within the context of a Garrison (non-deployed) the military environment. An overview of numerous manuals required for the chaplain to survive in the military is presented. A detailed study of the Regulatory Guidance for the chaplain follows. An in-depth examination of the resource management system is explored enabling the chaplain to conduct moral leadership training, "Strong Bonds" instruction, and off-site "Retreats" for military personnel and their families. A review of the military's evaluation system of its officers if provided and the chaplain's task of an advisor to the commander is addressed. Military preaching in the non-combat field venue is explained and a practicum follows. The conduct of war and the religious ministry are examined within the battlefield framework of the Civil War. (Prerequisite: CHA800) 

CHA842   Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Transition to War     3 hours
Third course in a four course concentrated program for students desiring to enter the professional ministry of military chaplain. This course examines religious support within the environment of a religious ministry team transitioning to war. An overview of the roles of a staff and its structure within a military organization and the uniqueness of the chaplain and religious support team within that context is presented. A synopsis of the overall chaplain personnel system is discussed followed by a study of the non-combative status of chaplains. An in-depth examination of Army and religious leadership is explored along with effective communication as a leader. Several presentations on the chaplain’s role in tactical planning and preparation are provided. Critical incident debriefings and stress counseling due to battle fatigue is also addressed. Military preaching is reviewed and a practicum of preaching in a combat venue follows. The conduct of war and the religious ministry are examined within the battlefield framework of the Civil War. (Prerequisite: CHA840)

CHA844  Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Combat/Re-deployment      3 hours
Final course in a four course concentrated program for students desiring to enter the professional ministry of military chaplain. This course examines religious support within the environment of a religious ministry team employed in combat and redeployment to home station. A thorough study of Army and Joint combat operations is presented followed by an overview of the roles, functions and operations of the chaplain and religious support team within that context. The development of the Religious Support Matrix and its proper insertion into the commander's Operations Order is examined and practiced. An in-depth examination of the chaplain's role as an advisor to the commander specifically in regards to the impact of indigenous religious practices in the area of operations is set forth and a detailed presentation of Islam is explored. Ministry to wounded and dying soldiers is provided followed by the crucial role of the chaplain in honoring the dead. Prior to and upon return to home station the chaplain's role of reintegration of the soldier and family is addressed. Military preaching is reviewed and a practicum of preaching a military funeral follows. The conduct of war and the religious ministry are examined within the battlefield framework of the Civil War. (Prerequisite: CHA842)