Congregational Care

View section navigation menu Section menu
  • Brian Ross and two students in Seminary House conference room
  • couple sitting and talking to another couple around a coffee table

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.


  • 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
David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


Adam Ghali, Ph.D.
Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.
Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

autumn lindberg
Autumn Lindberg, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy Program

David Bruce Rose
David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

Download the Admissions Checklist to get started.

Course listing

Required Courses (30-31 Units)

Biblical and Theological Studies

BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture2
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics3
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0 – 0

Bible elective 2 Units

Practical Studies

COUN 710Introduction to Counseling1
COUN 721Professional Ethics in Counseling3
COUN 728Family Violence1.5
COUN 760Substance Abuse1
COUN 768Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma2 – 3
MIN 770Ministry Discernment Credits0 – 0

Personal and Social Formation

COUN 724Interpersonal Communication3
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 714Spirit, Character, and Transformation2 – 3
MIN 750A
MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
or 1.5


Choose 3 units from the following courses

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 Theories2
COUN 747LCounseling Individuals and Couples: Modern Theories Lab1
COUN 748Counseling Individuals and Couples: Postmodern Theories1
COUN 756Grief Counseling1
PACS 700Peacemaking Institute2