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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed to train ministry professionals and church leaders to become biblical counselors in Christian ministries and agency-based, non-licensure settings. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will study psychology and the Christian understanding of human nature and God’s creation that informs biblical counseling. The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a balanced treatment of spiritual and mental health which will equip ministry professionals already in the field or students who want to move into a Christian Counseling role.
With the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling’s Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study, you will expand on the Christian counseling and pastoral care training in the core of the program to creating a healthy and effective church and para-church group ministries. If you want to help bring struggling people together to help support each other as they grow and heal, the Discipleship and Church Ministry track will help equip you to use your biblical counseling training to guide these groups and raise up new leaders.
If you are already a ministry professional and find that you lack the training to help people struggling with spiritual and mental health crises, completing an online Christian counseling degree like the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will help fill in the gaps and build on your ministry experience to support your Christian counseling and pastoral care. If you want to branch out into a Christian counseling role, the field-specific training and biblical counseling techniques in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide much-needed support for biblical counseling in a variety of settings.
If your church or ministry wants to start small groups or provide Christian counseling services, the Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study will provide you with additional specialized ministry training to ensure that your group members and group leaders connect and grow as a part of the Body of Christ. If you need help revitalizing a fading church or have the thrilling challenge of an exploding ministry to conquer, the Discipleship and Church Ministry track will give you the tools you need to succeed.
*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view all of Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.
The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a broad set of foundational Christian counseling skills and knowledge along with field-specialized topic courses and hands-on skill areas. Students who pursue biblical counseling training in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree will learn how the science of psychology reflects biblical principles of personhood and human nature, and how mental health treatment benefits from spiritual health. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will have the opportunity to pursue hands-on training on campus during two optional intensives, and all pastoral counseling students will gain experience in their own communities through the pastoral counseling internship.
The Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study will help you utilize the core content’s Christian counseling and pastoral care training to help develop small group ministry for families, age or interest groups, and small devotional groups. You will learn how small group ministries work and how best to start or support them, while also gaining important instruction in leading a healthy, growing, and multiplying church from ministry professionals and pastors in Liberty University’s online seminary. With the Christian counseling skills and knowledge in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, you will be able to create opportunities for families and individuals to meet and connect, and help them grow and heal both spiritually and mentally.
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*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.
Students who complete a degree in Christian counseling, like the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, will be equipped for ministry-based, non-licensure counseling roles in many areas including marriage and family counseling, addiction counseling, and counseling women. Graduates of the Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study will be equipped to start and support group ministries in a church or para-church organization. Students may also be able to pursue additional requirements for state licensure and pursue licensed clinical counseling practice.