Christian Care

Master of Arts in Christian Care (MACC) - Online

Providing Competent Care to God’s People

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

Christian ministry is a matter of the heart. It is interacting with people experiencing a variety of issues and concerns who need care and 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 of the adults youth, and children they serve.

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s online Christian Care Program prepares students to provide care based on the ministry of Jesus, Scripture, reliable caregiving principles and practices. Our students are then equipped and ready to meet the needs of individuals and families when they reach out for help—while taking this educational journey in a convenient, completely online format.

What Makes our Program Different?

Biblical – Every course is created and taught from Scripture as not only the starting point but the authoritative foundation. Therefore, students develop an understanding of people, common problems, caregiving techniques and practices from a biblical perspective.

Life-engaged – The program is delivered in a convenient yet engaging online format that allows busy and committed students to complete a Master of Arts in Christian Care from anywhere in the world, without uprooting their life, home, work or ministry. Students participate in an online student community with weekly synchronous learning sessions during each eight-week course.

Credible – Courses are taught by experienced professors with biblical, theological, ministry and mental health training. Students learn how to live out their calling through Scripture with useful behavioral science insights, techniques and methods for caregiving.

Accelerated – This program is designed to maximize learning while minimizing the time required to complete the degree. As a result, students finish, on average, in two years as determined by their learning pace. Students with relevant previous course work in Bible/Theology can also receive academic advanced standing up to four courses (12 credits). Additional content equivalent coursework will be evaluated for possible transfer credit.

Practical – Courses have been designed from a Christian and pastoral care perspective and all topics are explored in this context. There is a significant lab/ministry experience component where students facilitate authentic caregiving sessions while observed, evaluated and mentored by their course professor.

Licensure or Certifications

  • Students can receive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training that can lead to certification with the Association of Certified Christian Chaplains (the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training) or with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Students can work toward acquiring certification with the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC, an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors).
Your Journey

Program Credits: 48

Locations: Online,


Master of Arts in Christian Care

Also available in Christian Care is a Master of Divinity (MDiv), 72 credits

Course Length: 8 weeks

Average Completion Time: 2 years

Program Cost: See current cost.

Capstone Option: Practicum

Click to view requirements to enter USA as a student.

“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 research-based behavioral science perspective.
  • Learn about and apply appropriate caregiving techniques and methods in authentic ministry situations to people in need.
  • Learn how to train others in biblical Christian caregiving skills.
  • Learn about the mental health profession and additional caregiving options for necessary referrals when the needs of people exceed what a typical church or Christian ministry can provide.


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 details about this program.

Hear from a Student: Master of Arts

Chaplain Michele Reynolds

“I was called to minister to the least, the lost and the left out.” said Reynolds who is grateful for the training she’s receiving through the seminary. “My journey to obtain my MA in Christian Care is more inspiring and meaningful since I’ve become a chaplain.” Read more of her story here.

– Chaplain Michele Reynolds (’19)

Meet the Faculty

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Philip Béna, M.A.

Associate Professor, Master of Arts and Divinity Christian Care Program Director

“Jesus takes care of us, so let’s learn to care for others!” — Rev. Béna

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Daniel Hyun, D.Min.

Adjunct Faculty

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D. Fredrica Brooks-Davis, Psy.D.

Adjunct Faculty

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Charles Ross, Th.M.

Adjunct Faculty

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Debra Johnson-Cortesi, Ph.D.

Professor, Senior Instructional Designer

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David Swan

Adjunct Faculty

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Ron Stimeare, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

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Sherry Bell, M.Ed., M.A.

Program Coordinator and Student Support Services Manager - Washington, D.C.

“My philosophy of education is to expect and achieve excellence through a caring teacher/student relationship that is focused on cultivating the character and potential of the student.” – Mrs. Bell

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Joy Hall, M.A.B.S.

Adjunct Faculty

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