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MIN 5702 Ministry of Social Service This course allows students to study the importance of current ministries of compassion and service as they seek to fill real needs in today's global communities. Students will investigate the history and development of diverse ministries committed to social service as well as how these ministries fulfill the biblical command to love and serve one another. The course will consider the issues faced by social service ministries and help students develop their own ministries of service and compassion. 3 credits. Faculty.
MIN 5703 Ministry and Criminal JusticeThis course is an introduction to the vocation of Prison Chaplain and ministry to ex-convicts as they cope with the difficult challenges of re-entry into society. Students will also look at the challenges of ministering to the families and children of incarcerated persons, ministry to these families after the incarcerated person has been released and returns home, and ministry to the victims of crime and their families. This work includes supporting this population in finding jobs, gaining access to social services, gaining treatment for drug abuse, and reintegration into the community. 3 credits. Dr. McLeod.
PAS 5721 Issues in Urban-Based Pastoral CounselingPastors often counsel individuals who have problems coping with the challenges of life, particularly in the contexts of poverty and the pain caused by social inequality, racism and the criminal justice system. Students will study resources for pastoral care counseling as well as the limitations of these caregivers in such contexts. Students will identify resources for healing and shalom. 3 credits. Dr. Hickman.
MIN 5722 Intercultural Communication and Conflict TransformationThe intent of this course is to understand how people of different cultures manage conflict by communicating and building relationships. The course examines scriptural principles and case studies drawn from Asian, Islamic and Western cultures to highlight practical models for conflict management. Themes are examined such as forgiveness, reconciliation, restorative justice, and religion and statecraft. The aim is to increase awareness of the range of appropriate conflict strategies and their appropriate use, and to clarify the students’ own preferred styles. 3 credits. Dr. McLean.