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Concentrations of the M.A.R.L. Degree

Pastoral Care and Counseling

The following requirements enable Master of Arts in Religious Leadership (M.A.R.L.) degree students to reach the educational outcomes of the Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration:


Educational Outcomes of the Concentration
Updated 5/15/13

In addition to achieving the basic outcomes of the M.A.R.L. degree, a graduate of the Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration will:

  • be able to articulate the theological interpretation of human experience from her/his tradition including the utilization of religious resources endemic to that tradition.
  • be able to utilize the sacred texts of her/his tradition and the manner in which those texts inform present day ministry.
  • be able to provide cogent reasons relative to the importance of the whole community of faith engaging in this ministry.
  • be able to demonstrate how the basic functions of care-giving: healing sustaining, guiding reconciling, liberating and empowering, are integrated into the total ministry of the faith community.
  • be able to integrate the contributions of the social sciences to the issues of human brokenness, wholeness and health on both an individual and systemic level of ministry.
  • be able to identify and honor the establishment of boundaries and professional ethics as related to the work of ministry.
  • be able to understand both the need for and the path to healthy self-care as a professional in her/his personal life.


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