LC Course Descriptions
LC 520 – Pastoral Care Modalities – (Self Standing; required; 1.0 credit)
- 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.
LC 550 – Creating a Congregational Culture of Care - (Required; 0.5 credit)
- Theology is essential for effective preaching. Students will survey a range of theological approaches to preaching, identify conversation partners within this spectrum, and develop a critical definition of their own approach to preaching.
LC 552 – Diagnosis & Referral: Lost Art of Listening (Required; 1.0 credit)
- This course is a two-week (.5 credit) module 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.
LC 554 – The Art of Visitation (Required; 1.0 credit)
- 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.
LC 570 – Special Topics in Aging (Required; 1.0 credit)
Course description coming in April of 2012.
Instructor: Jason Hays
LC 572 – Crisis Response in Caring Relationships (Required; 1.0 credit)
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.
LC 577 – The Healing Power of Anger: Contending As Spiritual Intimacy (Required; 1.0 credit)
Course description coming in March of 2012.
Instructor: Heidi Park
LC 578 – Issues of Care in the Black Church (Required; 1.0 credit)
Course description coming in July of 2012.