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Pastoral Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry area requirement is fulfilled by any of the following:

  • MP4307 Pastoral Ministry: Care, Counseling and Presence
  • MP4306 Pastoral Ministry: Developing Skills and Competencies for Cooperative Leadership
  • MP4020 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • or any CTU Latino/a course with an MP designation

M4000 Introduction to Theological Reflection (online course)  
Theological Reflection is a critical tool for ministry. This course provides a foundation for understanding its goals, methods and applications. Students will engage multiple methods,      adapt them for various ministerial contexts, and develop skills in forming and facilitating theological reflection in their ministry praxis.

WMP 4000 Communication Skills for Ministry
This course serves as an MP area requirement or Worship elective. It is a practical, hands-on course involving the skills of scripture proclamation; the development of oral and multimedia presentations for teaching and faith formation; the facilitation of interpersonal communication in difficult conversations; the use of old and new media in facilitating small group discussions in intercultural contexts; the role of the visual arts and music in worship, teaching, and pastoral communication; the writing and production of digital media for parish communication in print and online; and the pastoral planning of internal and external communications. (This will be one of a number of MP area requirement options offered in rotation.)

MPC 4001 Latino/a Perspectives in Ministry and Theology**
This course provides a foundational understanding of theologies emerging from Latino/a perspectives and explores their implications for ministry in US Hispanic contexts.

MP 4020 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling**
This introductory level course introduces the field of pastoral counseling and offers students the opportunity to learn basic counseling skills that honor the religious experience. Students will have practical hands on experience in assessing, and intervening effectively with a wide variety of pastoral issues such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and grief and loss issues through development of skills of empathy, active listening, and mindfulness training methods. Clarification of the differences between pastoral care and pastoral counseling will be addressed as well as networking with others and the issue of referrals to outside professionals when necessary.

EMP 4100 Justice, Peace, the Integrity of Creation and Reconciliation: Living the Values of the Reign of God
Students are introduced to Catholic social teaching and equipped for committed Christian ministry with peoples struggling for justice and yearning for reconciliation in an ecologically threatened and violent world. The disciplines of social ethics and pastoral ministry are emphasized.

MPC 4103/5103 Pastoral Ministry in U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a Contexts**
Demographics indicate that Latinos/as currently constitute the largest and fastest growing population in the U.S. Catholic church. This course explores the history, experiences and diversity of this community and the implications for pastoral ministry.

MP 4200 Human Development and Interpersonal Relations for Ministry
Relying on case studies, various scenarios, and the student’s life experiences that illustrate complex human dilemmas, explore an array of effective and ineffective ministerial actions and responses. Included are pertinent readings, engagement in group dialogue and role-play, skills at evaluating ministerial practice, and theological reflection. This is designed for those seeking an integrative vision of pastoral ministry that blends theory and praxis. This course offers knowledge for public ministers in contemporary practice of pastoral ministry in a variety of settings.

MPC 4300 Pastoral Challenges of Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity is a growing phenomenon in the new global context. By engaging participants in an intercultural learning process, this course prepares pastoral leaders to deal with challenges of cultural diversity in their communities.

MP 4306 Pastoral Ministry: Developing Skills and Competencies for Cooperative Leadership**
Explore ministry as an experience of accompaniment with shared responsibilities and accountabilities. Attention is given to means and resources for cultivating effective leadership styles, developing pastoral plans and strategies, creating and sustaining networks, and addressing conflict and boundary situations.

MP 4307 Pastoral Ministry: Care, Counseling, and Presence**
Explore ministry from the perspectives of providing care, counseling, and presence within the context of community. Each of these aspects of ministry is examined with respect to the skills, resources, networks, and theological understandings necessary for effective pastoral responses.

MP 4308 Pastoral Ministry in Ordinary Time
Explore ministry as a daily lived experience of accompanying communities and individuals on their journeys of faith. Attention is given to theological frameworks, means and resources for cultivating ministerial identity, encouraging shared responsibilities, developing pastoral strategies, creating and sustaining networks, and addressing the daily practical realities of pastoral ministry.

MPC 4308 Pastoral Care in an African-American Context**
This course explores the psychological and cultural elements that contributed to the formation of an African-American identity. The goal is a better understanding of the African-American experience and a greater sensitivity to the strength and needs of this cultural tradition. Students develop a better understanding/ability to minister in the African-American community.

MP 4309 Pastoral Ministry as Justice Praxis
Examine the theological frameworks, means, and resources for empowering ministers and communities to engage justly. Attention is given to Catholic social teaching as it is lived in witness and in practice. Practical skills and competencies include but are not limited to community organizing, preaching and teaching.

MP 4310 Collaborative Skills for Administration in Ministry
This series of six one-day intensive seminars, led by professionals in each field, teaches students how to be effective and responsible stewards of the resources in their ministry — people, property, facilities, and finances. The practical areas addressed are: leadership styles, management of workplace relationships, personnel issues, financial and facilities management; public relations and marketing, and stewardship and fundraising.

MP 4311 Pastoral Ministry Across Generations
This course explores theological frameworks, means and resources for ministering to individuals and communities across the age spectrum. Pastoral responses that address specific and developmental needs will be considered as well as those creating opportunities for nurturing healthy intergenerational relationships.

MPC 5101 Pastoral Ministry in U.S. Asian and Pacific Island Contexts**
Asian and Pacific Island populations are a growing presence within the U.S. Catholic church. This course explores the history, experiences, and diversity of these communities and the implications for pastoral ministry.

MP 5102 Pastoral Ministry on Campus
This course explores theological frameworks, means and resources for developing strategies, creating networks, and providing pastoral ministry in educational contexts and within academic communities.

MPC 5102 Pastoral Ministry: Responding to Diversity in Community
Increasingly, diversity in communities is accompanied by specific and at times, competing needs. This course explores theological frameworks and the pastoral means and resources for addressing issues of access with respect towards promoting increased participation in communal life and worship. Issues addressed include but are not limited to language, space, resources, leadership, marginality, and communities in transition.

MPC 5103/4103 Pastoral Ministry in U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a Contexts**
Demographics indicate that Latinos/as currently constitute the largest and fastest growing population in the U.S. Catholic church. This course explores the history, experiences and diversity of this community and the implications for pastoral ministry.

MP 5104 Pastoral Ministry with Contemporary Families
Pastoral ministry with families involves sensitivity to the diverse cultural backgrounds while being able to minister effectively to the many complex challenges families face today such as addiction, domestic abuse, mental and physical health, aging, immigration, poverty and joblessness. This course is uniquely designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to be more pastorally effective in responding to these increasingly complex pastoral needs of contemporary families.

Only courses with a ** will fulfill the MDiv area requirement in Pastoral Ministry