COR4700EN - Missional Spirituality & Soul Care of Offenders

Course description

This course will enlighten learners on alternative ways to minister in the midst of today's contemporary justice complexes. This course will also prepare the learners, both clergy and laity, to effectively use ministry skills and personal qualities needed to provide effective spiritual care of offenders in correctional institutions.

How this course benefits students

This course will help the learners to develop a strong foundation in missional spirituality and soul care of offenders that are incarcerated. It will serve to prepare learners to help advance the field of correctional chaplaincy by developing alternate ways to minister in the midst of today's contemporary correctional facilities._x0008_

Why this course is important

To meet spiritual needs through prayer, supplication, and application are ways to care for the souls of offenders that are incarcerated.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Karl Taylor, Professor of Correctional Chaplaincy

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will be based on a biblical worldview. We shall adhere to Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Missionally driven

This course was developed to adhere to the commission of God placed on those that have been called into missional servitude for men and women that need to be spiritually restored into God’s grace and society. It is this course’s desire to guide and shape its learners in missional spirituality in order to prepare them for the task of caring for the souls of offenders.

Contextually informed

The profession of pastoral care in the field of corrections has a unique ministerial context, and a course on missional spirituality would help caregivers apply specific biblical principles to those that are in need of their souls receiving spiritual care.

Interculturally focused

Missional spirituality, that adheres to soul care of offenders, tends to the issues that are relevant to the spiritual needs of offenders residing in multicultural based correctional facilities. This course focuses on the ethics needed to be taken in account.

Practically minded

By missional spirituality addressing the soul care of offenders from a biblical perspective adheres to the learners’ ability to spiritually reflect. Therefore, being mindful of the soul care of offenders becomes very practical.

Experientially transformed

In caring for the souls of offenders and being able to reflect on one’s own personal story (testifying) is one way that offers care for the souls of offenders. Learners will learn from discussing their reflections of assigned readings while being tested on the information they obtain. Then they will return to their practice with the benefits from that learning.