Our certificate in congregational care is designed for pastors and lay ministers who desire to provide pastoral counseling and other care ministries for their constituents. You'll gain the essentials for a wide range of ministry roles.

Highlights

  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

This certificate equips students for lay counseling in a church or other community setting.

Program director

David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Faculty

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Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

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Autumn Lindberg, LMFT

Visalia Center Program Director and Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Mary Shamshoian, LMFT

Director of the On-Site Counseling Program, Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university¬†
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

Biblical And Theological Studies
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I2
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics3
Bible knowledge requirement Bible elective2
Practical Studies
CodeTitleUnits
COUN-710Introduction to Counseling1
COUN-721Professional Ethicsin Counseling3
COUN-728Family Violence1.5
COUN-760Substance Abuse1
MIN-744Pastoral Care and Counseling3
MIN-770Ministry Discernment0
Personal And Social Formation
CodeTitleUnits
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication3
MIN-705Mentoring/Connecting1
MIN-710Spiritual Formation2
MIN-750ACross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles1.5
or MIN-750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
Electives

Choose 5-6 units from the following courses:

CodeTitleUnits
COUN-726Human Development3
COUN-732Aging and Long Term Care1
COUN-736Counseling Children2
COUN-736LCounseling Children Lab1
COUN-752Human Sexuality3
COUN-747Counseling Individuals and Couples Modern Theories I2
COUN-747LCounseling Individuals and Couples Lab1
COUN-748Counseling Individuals and Couples PostModern Theories I1
COUN-756Grief Counseling1
PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2