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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching degree program 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.
The Life Coaching area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide additional, customizable life coach training to help you learn to guide members of your congregation to their professional, financial, and relational goals. If you want to help people achieve their dreams with life coaching based on a biblical worldview, the Life Coaching area of study will give you all of the tools you will need.
If you are already a ministry professional and find that you lack the tools to help people struggling with spiritual and mental health crises, completing an online Christian counseling degree, like the online 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.
Life coaches work with clients to create responsible goals and practical steps to achieve them. These may be financial, relational, or professional. The practice of life coaching revolves around a positive attitude and building confidence through short-term goals that build to long-term success.
If you have been in ministry long, you likely have experienced helping individuals and families pursue biblical steps to realize their goals. Individuals often struggle in ministry to find their place and to set reasonable, realistic goals that can be achieved. When unrealistic goals are set, disappointment and discouragement usually follow. As a ministry professional, life coaching skills are extremely useful for helping your congregation and members of your ministry to grow and realize their potentials.
*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.
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 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 communities through the pastoral counseling internship.
If you want to learn how to become a life coach, the Life Coaching area of study for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide a customizable course of study that will give you the training you need. You will receive training in life coaching skills and techniques that draw on Christian counseling and pastoral care skills and choose from a selection of specialized life coaching electives concerning health, relational, financial, and professional goals so that you be prepared for a variety of life coaching needs.
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.
Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program:
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Master of Arts in Religion Online 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 Life Coaching area of study will have enhanced, graduate-level life coach training that may open life coaching ministry and private practice opportunities. While the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill any state clinical counseling requirements, the Life Coaching area of study may provide a basis for seeking national life coaching certification.