LC Course Descriptions

LC 520 – Pastoral Care Modalities

This course is designed to introduce students to beginning theory and practice in the discipline of pastoral care. The course provides an overview of the key functions and modalities of spiritual care giving and facilitates reflection on the self as care giver. Students will begin to learn the “knowing, being, and doing” essential to pastoral ministry.

Prerequisite:  None
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 550 – Creating a Congregational Culture of Care 

During this course, we will seek together to develop your role as a pastoral caregiver within the congregational context and to cultivate your gifts in equipping the entire congregation to be a community of care.  To achieve this, we’ll investigate theories, methods and practices of pastoral care and counseling, and will explore the role of theological reflection within the contexts of congregational care.  We will consider how our embedded and operative theologies impact our approach and role in care giving.  We will also engage a diverse selection of scholars in theology, systems theory and organizational dynamics.  All these areas will be examined through the varying lenses of gender, cultural, national, racial, ethnic, ability, class and sexual difference.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor: Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 552 – Diagnosis & Referral: Lost Art of Listening 

This course is designed to introduce students to skills for effective pastoral care giving. Students will learn the art of pastoral listening through instruction, practice and feedback, thus helping to improve interpersonal self-awareness. This course introduces the topics of pastoral assessment/diagnosis and intervention, with specific attention to learning when and how to refer a person to additional sources of care.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 554 – The Art of Visitation 

Visitation is one of many activities which fall under the larger heading of pastoral care.  As such, this course builds on theories and practices covered in LC 520 “Pastoral Care Modalities” with the intent of aiding the student in becoming a more self-aware and effective pastoral care giver.

This course will not recommend any one “way” or “method” for visitation, but will facilitate reflection on the various advantages and disadvantages of different options for doing visits and implementing a visitation program.  It will argue for and try to facilitate deep awareness of even the small decisions and moments in this incarnational ministry. the nature and work of God.  We will look at ideas about creation and providence, God’s dual nature as both immanent and transcendent, theodicy and the nature of God as Trinity.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 570 – Special Topics in Ministry

During this two week module, we will seek together to develop your role as a pastoral leader within the congregational context and to cultivate your gifts in ministry with persons who live with disabilities.  To achieve this, we’ll investigate discourses and theories of the body and ability; and will consider the interlocking systems of theological, cultural and sociological dynamics that construct “disability.”  We will consider how our embedded and operative theologies of the body and normalcy impact our approach and role in care giving and pastoral leadership.  All these areas will be examined through the varying lenses of gender, cultural, national, racial, ethnic, ability, class and sexual difference.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor: Faculty

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LC 571 – Loss & Grief in a Community of Faith

At times of death, dying and bereavement, human limitations are attested. Pastoral care givers have a powerful opportunity to minister to persons and communities in such times. By exploring death and dying process students will have an opportunity to bring such reality closer to themselves. By looking into grief theories, students will develop pastoral care giving skills to utilize in such times. Such exploration will be brought to the context of church ministry especially to the context of funeral to conclude this course.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor: Faculty

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LC 572 – Crisis Response in Caring Relationships 

This course aims to build clergy’s competence in dealing with various crisis situations. For such purpose, we will review the basic principle of crisis intervention and explore various resources to utilize in crisis situations in ministry.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor:  Faculty

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LC 574 – Trauma & Recovery

This course aims to foster students’ capacity to reflect on and respond to traumatic injuries and trauma survivors as pastoral care provider. The historical background of such reflection will be studied through the reading material and various practical issues that a religious responder needs to know about in caring for trauma survivors will be examined and practiced. Based on such knowledge students will foster pastoral sensitivity through theological reflections on experiences of trauma.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor:  Faculty

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LC 575 – Small Groups as Centers of Care

This course is a two-week module is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and theological foundations of small group care. Students will learn the skills of effective small group leadership and gain an understanding of group content and process. This course offers an introduction to practical strategies for planning and implementing both spiritual formation and common themes groups. An experiential learning component allows students the opportunity to participate in a short-term small group and increase their understanding of interpersonal relations.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Faculty

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LC 577 – The Healing Power of Anger

Is there a place for anger in Christian lives? When a Christian feels anger, what is s/he supposed to do with it? What do we do when we have to deal with others who are angry? This course will deal with the underlying assumptions of these questions, which may rather paint a negative picture about anger. This negative assumption has had a powerful impact on how we deal with this emotion. We will examine the emotion of anger from various perspectives to build a more balanced, thicker understanding of it. In this process, we will highlight the constructive, relational aspect of anger to form a more positive relationship with it. This will be accomplished through careful self-reflection and a final project to care for our community.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor: Faculty

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LC 578 – Issues of Care in the Black Church

This course is a two-week module designed to introduce students to skills for effective pastoral care specifically in the black church. Students will learn the basics of pastoral care in the black church through instruction, case studies, practice and feedback, thus helping to improve awareness of issues prevalent and somewhat unique to the black church whether urban or rural.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor: Dr. Michael Thomas

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LC 579 – The Journey of Development

This course seeks to take you on a journey of discovery and experience: the journey of psychological and religious development from the beginning to the end of the life cycle.  If we are, as the adage says, “layered” beings, embodying “all the ages we have ever been,” how does this affect our present-day souls and psyches and our lives within a church community?    As well as looking at some of the theories on development, students will be also given opportunities to examine their own developmental journey as well as to reflect on ramifications for pastoral ministry.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  1.0
Instructor: Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 580 – Power, Privilege, & Difference

How do we take power and privilege into account when we provide pastoral care? This question can be approached from many different angles. In this course, we will explore this question by examining different layers of relationship in which power dynamics happen: we will consider power, privilege and differences in the context of professional ethics, family system thinking and the challenges of multiculturality and hybridity.  This course requires the students to engage in serious self-reflection to see the self in the various power dynamic contexts by utilizing the course material proactively.

Prerequisite:  LC 520
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Faculty

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LC 590 – LC Competency Exercise

*Please refer to section 7.1.6-7.1.8 of the Student Handbook*

Prerequisite:  Completion of all other LC 500 level work
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Jessica VanDenend

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LC 670 – Pastoral Diagnosis

This course will help students to: 1. identify levels of Pastoral Care, 2. develop a diagnostic and pastoral care matrix, 3. identify principles of family systems and 4. identify, develop, and evaluate appropriate pastoral care responses making use of the case study method. The course will address these goals especially through the discussion of case studies in a variety of issues pastors encounter as care-givers. Consideration will also be given to the theological and spiritual dimensions of pastoral diagnosis and care, and to self-care on the part of the pastor.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one competency exercise and a minimum of 60% of LC 500 level work
Credit:  2.0
Instructor:  Dr. Rick Landon

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LC 671 – Short-Term Pastoral Counseling

The course will utilize Narrative Therapy as our primary psycho-therapeutic theory, which will shape our practice of short term pastoral counseling.  We’ll begin by exploring the differences between pastoral care, pastoral counseling and psychotherapy, and will consider the importance of negotiating into and out of those different kinds of care.

We’ll then move into the theoretical grounding for narrative therapy, with particular attention to its postmodern commitments, the role of the counselor, how this approach intersects with our theological commitments, several key assumptions related to justice and pathology, and an overview of the counseling process.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one competency exercise and a minimum of 60% of LC 500 level work
Credit:  2.0
Instructor:  Faculty

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LC 672 – Clinical Pastoral Education

*Please refer to section 5.8 of the Student Handbook.*

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of one competency exercise and a minimum of 60% of LC 500 level work
Credit:  2.0
Instructor:  Dr. Richard Weis

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LC 673 -Pastoral Care and Substance Abuse

Through this course, the students will explore the psychological, biological, cultural and social dynamics that are present in substance abuse and dependency. Deeper understanding of the different layers of the lived experience of substance abuse, along with rigorous theological reflection, will allow students to develop competency in pastoral care for those who suffer from substance related problems.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of one competency exercise and a minimum of 60% of LC 500 level work
Credit:  2.0
Instructor:  Faculty

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