The Graduate Certificate in Theory, Theology & Skills in Pastoral Care offers community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:
Pastoral Care is the support that Christians offer one another in daily living and at times of need or crisis in personal and communal life. Thus, pastoral care consists of helping actions directed towards the healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling, and nurturing of persons whose troubles and concerns arise in the context of daily interactions and ultimate means and concerns. A major component of pastoral care is that of "spiritual care" which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health, or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self-worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or ordinance/sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. The Graduate Certificate in Theory, Theology & Skills in Pastoral Care equips students to serve individuals and families by providing spiritual, emotional, and relational support to the most vulnerable in diverse settings (homes, senior residences, correctional/prisons, health care, and local churches, and others).