Master of Arts Christian Care Degree

Also available is a Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Reason

Capital Seminary and Graduate School provides advanced training and skill development to ministry practitioners. Sometimes individuals in need of help and support will seek out a religious leader before ever considering a mental‐health professional or social‐service provider. Despite this fact, many well-intentioned pastors, ministry leaders and caregivers are not sufficiently trained to meet the basic needs of these people. Also, these servants often feel overwhelmed with demanding expectations of ministry, which creates insufficient time for personal spiritual growth.

The Need

People have issues and concerns, they need care and they come to you for help. They reach out to you with significant life challenges due to things like:

  • Life Crises
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Damaging Thought Patterns
  • Identity, Purpose and Life Direction Issues
  • Unhealthy Relationships
  • Emotional Struggles
  • Spiritual Concerns

The Response - A Unique Solution

Capital believes that the time has come to provide the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Christian Care programs (MACC/MDivCC) to meet these vital needs. These programs educate ministry practitioners to understand the human condition from a biblical perspective combined with behavioral science insights. Advanced pastoral and personal care to people in need is also provided. Students will be trained to disciple others to do the work of the ministry in order to fulfill God’s command and make their life more manageable. They will acquire essential information combined with the discernment, skill, and community‐based networking capabilities that are often required to make necessary referrals to mental‐health professionals and social‐service providers. Capital has developed this unique program, with you and the needs of the people you care for in mind. This hands-on, lab and practicum based program provides you with a critical tool set essential for Christian ministry today. The approach focuses on equipping you from a truth based biblical perspective to:

  • Identify Personal Issues
  • Assess and Meet Needs
  • Create and Implement Plans for Change
  • Multiply your Ministry by Training Others
  • Develop a Network for Referrals

The Program


Each course is delivered in a blended format, which enables busy church and parachurch practitioners to have convenient and flexible online access to essential content areas. Relational skills training occurs during two full days of resident community learning per course. The program emphasizes practical skill development through personal student mentoring by well-trained and highly experienced faculty. Field-based experiential learning is an integral part of the curriculum as students serve under the oversight and direction of skilled ministry practitioners. For those who would desire additional training and dual degrees, this program integrates seamlessly into our existing Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program.

  • Six week modules
  • Distance learning (on-line)
  • Face to face resident sessions (2 days per module)
  • Personal coaching and field based learning
  • Clinical pastoral education chaplaincy credits for interested and qualified students
  • Academic eligibility for Christian care board certification

This unique practical approach provides hands on experience through authentic ministry situations where you can immediately apply the care skills you are developing under the direct oversight of outstanding faculty members.

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MACC Program Director

Rev. Philip G. Bena, MA , combines academic training in biblical studies, psychology and counseling with decades of experience in Christian higher education administration, teaching and pastoral ministry. He remains active in local church pastoral care. Therefore, he understands the challenges of the modern‐day minister. He wants students to know about Christian care while ultimately knowing how to do it. Therefore, his teaching offers students solid content and personal mentoring in ministry skill development. In addition to professor Bena, adjunct faculty will contribute their knowledge and experience to student learning.