MDiv Community Chaplaincy Thesis
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Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
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Aug 24, 2020
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Bring Comfort, Care, and Counseling to Those in Need With an M.Div. in Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)

There are many people who need spiritual guidance, comfort, life coaching, and support. Our Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy (non-thesis) degree provides the training you need to offer assistance to those in need, serving their physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

The career field you might find yourself in as a community chaplain can vary from healthcare, prisons, corporations, schools, or even the military. Some examples of a community chaplain’s tasks may be supporting offenders and their families as they re-enter society or offering counsel and support to family members in a hospice or hospital setting.

Another career you might pursue would be as a military chaplain. If you wish to pursue this path, 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 and can endorse students.

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy (non-thesis) degree program provides expansive theological and biblical training that is needed for a variety of environments. Our community chaplaincy specialization will teach you how to effectively provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need and prepare you for the mission of reaching out to believers and bringing non-believers into the welcoming arms of Christ.

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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.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) Degree?

Liberty University’s community chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare you for chaplaincy ministry in Christian settings and unique opportunities in secular institutions, hospitals, college campuses, sports organizations, and prisons. Our School of Divinity faculty will share their knowledge and experience with you as they equip you for success in ministry roles.

Additionally, we have partnered with local churches and parachurch organizations to provide experiential training. 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 advisors and faculty.

If you have prior ministry experience or if you previously pursued an accredited seminary degree, you might be able to receive course credit through our transfer evaluation process or through Institutional Challenge Exams. 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 themselves.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) Degree?

Our Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy provides the training and professional development you need to serve in a variety of ministry settings. If you are not planning to pursue doctoral studies, this non-thesis track is the perfect choice to expand your knowledge for the roles you might fulfill as a community chaplain. Instead of working on a thesis, you will use your additional credits to explore the lives of great leaders throughout history. You will learn the traits, practices, and disciplines of those leaders and how they fit into the life of a Christian leader and warrior. In addition to this, you will take a course on how to research, write and prepare for ministry.

A chaplain often encounters people in dire need of counseling and guidance. To improve your ability to cope with crises, you will gain special training that will help build your own resiliency and allow you to use the biblical model to teach and build resiliency in others. You will acquire the fundamental leadership principles that will enable you to go into the community and minister to those in need. You can be assured that upon graduation, you will have the training and confidence to make a positive impact on those you encounter.

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.

Community Chaplaincy Featured Courses

CHPL 645 – Chaplain Resilient Leaders

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • A biblical model for resiliency and resilient spiritual leadership for chaplains.
  • 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.
  • 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 study:

  • The biblical imperative of evangelism and various methods of witnessing in the pluralistic cultures in which chaplains serve.
  • Particular emphasis will be given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings.
  • Evangelism follow-up, discipleship, and scripture memorization.

CHPL 682 – Community Chaplaincy

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • A biblical approach to providing chaplain ministry in pluralistic and secular community settings.
  • How to provide Christocentric chaplain leadership and spiritual care within the context of corporations, colleges, sports organizations, first response teams, and prison systems.

LEAD 520 – The Life of Leaders

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • Explore the personal lives, traits, practices, and disciplines of leaders in various sectors of cultural history including religious leaders, political leaders, military leaders, and business leaders.
  • Interpreting leadership from a distinctively organizational perspective, as performed by great leaders and applying these leadership lessons into an organic perspective of Christian leadership in ministry.
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Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) Degree Information

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.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our 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.
  • Liberty University’s Center for Ministry Training is a great resource for practical ministry opportunities.
  • 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 parachurch ministries.

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) 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: