MA in Christian Care

Master of Arts in Christian Care (MACC)

Providing Competent Care to God's People

Why Earn a MA in Christian Care from Capital Seminary and Graduate School?

Teaching Leaders to Provide Christ-Like Ministry

Christian ministry involves interacting with people who have a variety of issues and concerns. They need care and they come to you for help. Often, the sincere and compassionate minister is not sufficiently trained to deal with the many personal, relational and spiritual problems that occur in the lives of the adults, youth and children they serve.

Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s Christian care program prepares you to provide care that is based on the ministry of Jesus, scripture and reliable caregiving practices. You will then be equipped and ready to meet the needs of individuals and families when they reach out to you for assistance.

What Makes our Program Different?

Students are taught by experienced professors with both ministry and mental health training. Additionally, students develop an understanding of people and common problems from a biblical perspective while incorporating useful behavioral science insights, techniques and methods for care-giving. There is also a significant lab/ministry experience component where students are directly overseen, mentored, evaluated and assisted by course professors.

Licensure or Certifications

  • Interested and qualified students can receive clinical pastoral education that can lead toward certification with The Association of Certified Christian Chaplains.
  • Interested and qualified students can work toward acquiring certification with the International Board of Christian Care (an Affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors).

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2

In This Program Students Will…

  • Understand people from a biblical perspective while incorporating appropriate behavioral science insights regarding the human condition.
  • Learn about common human problems from a biblical and behavioral science perspective.
  • Learn about and apply appropriate care-giving techniques and methods in authentic ministry situations to people in need.
  • Learn how to train others in Bible oriented Christian care-giving skills.
  • Learn about other care-giving options for necessary referrals when the needs of people exceed what the typical church or Christian ministry can provide.

Curriculum Plan

Christian Care (48 Credits)

Biblical and Theological Studies: 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis: 9 Credits
Advanced Christian Care Praxis: 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience: 6 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from a Student: Christian Care


Michele Reynolds (’19) is a prison chaplain and is currently studying in our Christain care program. She noted that her education at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is making a real difference in the way she does her job. “Most times what I am learning in the class I’m already experiencing and or practicing every day,” she said. “It gives me confirmation in how I’m doing in ministry and classmates can see through me that the subjects we learn will be practiced one day in their ministry.”

Read more about her experience as a chaplain and her time in the program here.

Meet the Faculty

Rev. Philip Bena

Program Director

"Jesus takes care of us, so let's learn to care for others!" — Rev. Philip Bena

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Dr. Rick Rhoads

Chair of the Church & Ministry Leadership Department

"Who we are and how we live together is what we teach." — Dr. Rhoads

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Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.