Chaplaincy is about whole-person care to those serving in some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. If you feel called to care for people, but not in a clinical counseling capacity or as a traditional pastor, then consider being a chaplain who engages persons in crisis-centric contexts such as the military, law enforcement, fire protection, the prison system, health and hospice care, education, even sports and corporate settings. The master of arts in chaplaincy will provide the broad-based biblical, theological, and pastoral training needed for any ministry setting and more specifically, for settings with intense people and situations.
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Dr. Janet R. McCormack is director and assistant professor of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. Ordained by the American Baptist Churches, USA, she is a retired Air Force chaplain with 22 years of experience in military chaplaincy. Dr. McCormack holds a BA degree in Social Work from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, an MDiv degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina and a DMin degree in the Executive Leadership Track from Denver Seminary. She is an Association of Professional Chaplains Board-Certified Chaplain with experience in hospital, police, prison, NASCAR, drag racing, crisis, and trauma situations.
How can I use this degree?
- Provide pastoral services, emotional support, and crisis relief for military personnel
- Provide spiritual counsel and encouragement to prisoners within the justice system
- Serve as pastoral care and spiritual liaison within law enforcement, fire protection, and first responder units
- Assist hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices with the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, and staff
- Provide pastoral care and motivation for the sports community: athletes, coaches, administrators, and their families
- Assist corporations and parachurches in the mitigation of turnover, conflict resolution, and general morale and wellbeing for both staff and clientele
- Work with educational institutions to foster a productive and ethical culture in support of students, staff, and faculty
Want to care for others but not sure if this degree is for you? Check out these degrees:
- MA counseling - clinical mental health counseling
- MDiv with a concentration in chaplaincy
- MA counseling ministries
- MDiv with a concentration in pastoral counseling
* It is incumbent on each student to assess if a seventy-two-hour degree is acceptable for ordination and endorsement from their specific faith group/denomination.