Bring Godly Wisdom and Comfort to Those in Need with an M.Div. in Community Chaplaincy
Chaplains provide spiritual guidance, comfort, and non-denominational religious services to those who are in need. The environment you find yourself in as a community chaplain can vary from healthcare, prisons, corporations, schools, or within the military. You may also find yourself working with offenders and their families, as they re-enter society or you may offer counseling and support to family members in a hospice or hospital setting.
As a community chaplain, you might encounter people who are suffering from grief, stress, or trauma. Whether they have lost a loved one, endured a war zone, or been involved in a physical attack, you will learn the methods and techniques that will allow you to offer comfort effectively. Our Master of Divinity degree program provides broad-based biblical and theological training that is needed for a variety of environments. You will learn how to effectively provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need. Through our M.Div. training, you will gain the ability to reach out to believers and bring non-believers into the welcoming arms of Christ.
If you wish to pursue a career as a military chaplain, we recommend speaking to your chaplain recruiter to find out what needs to be accomplished to become a chaplain candidate. Please note that chaplains must be endorsed by a religious body that is recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD). Liberty Baptist Fellowship is such a religious body that is recognized by the DoD and can endorse students.
Your divinity degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy Degree?
Liberty University’s community chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare you for chaplaincy ministry in Christian settings but also qualify for ministry positions in secular institutions, hospitals, college campuses, sports organizations, emergency response organizations, and prisons. Our Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy will prepare you for the challenge and mission of bringing the word of God to those who are unable to travel to a formal setting.
The faculty members in our School of Divinity will equip you for success in ministering for the spiritual health of others. Additionally, we have partnered with local churches and para-church organizations to provide experiential training. In fact, local church ministry training is embedded within our programs. If you wish to enter the field of community chaplaincy, you may apply for endorsement through the Liberty Baptist Fellowship with the assistance of our Academic Advisors. Liberty University’s Center for Ministry Training is a good resource for practical ministry opportunities.
A great benefit of this program is if you have prior ministry experience or have previously pursued an accredited seminary degree, you might be able to receive course credit through our transfer evaluation or Institutional Challenge Exams.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy Degree?
Our Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy provides the training and professional development you need to serve in a variety of ministry settings. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to the secular and pluralistic contexts that you might encounter in the military, healthcare and community settings. You will also receive language and interpretation skills that are taught in the core Master of Divinity courses.
As a chaplain, you will encounter people in dire need of counseling and guidance, often dealing with crises can have a negative effect. This degree provides the special training you’ll need to build your own resiliency and use the biblical model to teach and build resiliency in others. You will also acquire fundamental leadership principles that will enable you to go into the community and minister to those in need.
If you are planning to pursue doctoral studies, then this thesis track is the perfect choice to prepare you for your future dissertation. You will complete a research course to prepare you for your final thesis defense. You can be assured that upon graduation you will have the training and confidence to be an effective force for good in the world.
We invite you to look at our featured courses for a preview of the dynamic M.Div. program we offer at Liberty University. You can also review the Degree Completion Plan.
CHPL 645 – Chaplain Resilient Leaders
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will examine in depth a biblical model for resiliency and resilient spiritual leadership for chaplains.
- This course will introduce key characteristics and competencies, which allow chaplain leaders to be resilient and set the conditions for successful performance, to lead through inevitable crises along the way, and to help individuals and organizations rebound from downturns to a brighter future.
- The course addresses how resilient leaders stand the test of time, avoiding burnout and establishing essential disciplines of replenishment.
CHPL 655 – Chaplain Evangelism & Discipleship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will focus on the biblical imperative of evangelism and various methods of witnessing in the pluralistic cultures in which chaplains serve.
- Particular emphasis given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings.
- Attention given to evangelism follow-up, discipleship, and scripture memorization.
CHPL 665 – Chaplain Crisis Counseling
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is an examination of the theory and practice of crisis intervention and approaches to short term pastoral counseling.
- This course is focused on the ministry of chaplains.
CHPL 682 – Community Chaplaincy
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course examines a biblical approach to providing chaplain ministry in pluralistic and secular community settings.
- Attention given to providing Christocentric chaplain leadership and spiritual care within the context of corporations, colleges, sports organizations, first response teams, and prison systems.
Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree
- Monday-only classes for master’s programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by only attending class one day a week.
- Use our state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in the School of Divinity Freedom Tower.
- Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the M.Div.’s web-based content developed by our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the M.Div. program.
- Our Freedom Tower’s Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
- Local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.
- We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and para-church ministries.
Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy Graduates
- Corporate Chaplain
- Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
- Military Chaplain
- Prison Chaplain
- Senior Pastor
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
- Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
- John W. Rawlings School of Divinity questionnaire
- Pastoral recommender contact information
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account