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Credits

48

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2 yrs (full-time)

Delivery Method

Online

Why Earn an MA in Christian Care through LBC | Capital?

Our world is hurting, and many are in need of a caregiver who has a heart for others. Now more than ever, Christian ministry is a matter of the heart, as people experience a variety of issues and concerns—personal, relational and spiritual. Even among the most sincere and compassionate servants, training and skills are often lacking to deal with problems in the families, couples, adults, youth and children they serve. The convenient, online and engaging Master of Arts Christian Care (MACC) program at LBC | Capital is focused on preparing the head, heart and hands of ministry practitioners to meet individual and collective care needs in the Church and parachurch communities.

The MACC program prepares students to effectively care for those in need, based on Jesus’ ministry and His Scriptures, as well as reliable behavioral science insights and caregiving practices. Graduates are not only equipped to make necessary referrals and train others in Christian caregiving but also develop and deliver effective, complete caregiving that is rooted in biblical truth.

Course Length

8-week courses & 16-week practicums

Residency Requirement

Weekly remote learning sessions

Capstone Requirement

Practicum

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Transfer up to 50% of a degree from an outside institution

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Program Plan

MA - 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 Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctives - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?
  • 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.
Career Paths

The MA Christian Care program will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here’s just a sampling of careers where our MACC alumni engage:

  • Pastoral Ministries (Individuals, Families, Small Groups, etc.)
  • Chaplain
  • Ministry Leader
  • Christian Non-Profit Leader
Program Goals – 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.
Additional Certification Options
  • 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), the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, or with Clinical Pastoral Education International.
  • Students can work toward acquiring certification with the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC, an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors).

View the Christian Care Licensure Disclosures

Course Plan

The following is the proposed schedule for this degree program.

Course Title Credits
BTC 523 Biblical Narrative – Old Testament 3
BTC 533 Biblical Narrative – New Testament 3
BTC 563 Biblical Interpretation 3
BTC 573 Introduction to Christian Theology 3
MIN 504 Communicating Biblical Truth 3
MIN 511 The Church in God’s Mission 3
MIN 512 Personal Spiritual Formation 3
CHC 505  Foundations for Christian Care 3
CHC 510  Christian Care of Individuals 3
CHC 511  Christian Care of Individuals Lab 3
CHC 515  Christian Care of Families 3
CHC 516  Christian Care of Families Lab 3
CHC 520  Christian Care and Group Process 3
CHC 525  Training Christian Caregivers 3
CHC 590 Christian Care of Individuals & Families Practicum 3
CHC 595 Training Christian Care Givers Practicum 3

Meet the Faculty

Philip Béna, MA
Associate Professor, Master of Arts and Divinity Christian Care Program Director
Daniel Hyun, DMin
Adjunct Faculty
D. Fredrica Brooks-Davis, PsyD
Adjunct Faculty
Charles Ross, ThM
Adjunct Faculty
Debra Johnson-Cortesi, PhD
Professor, Senior Instructional Designer
David Swan
Adjunct Faculty
Ron Stimeare, MA
Adjunct Faculty
Joy Hall, MABS
Adjunct Faculty

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Logos Bible Software Package for Students

Our partnership with Faithlife enables us to provide MACC students with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, which is already built into the cost of this program. LBC | Capital is committed to equipping students with the skillset needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The LBC | Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software, which should aid students in being faithful to the biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry.

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