The Master of Pastoral Studies: Christianity (MPS) is a twenty-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: Social Ministry, Pastoral Care and Worship and Preaching. The MPS prepares graduates to be leaders in lay ministry, careers in the non-profit sector, and a variety of ministry, chaplaincy and social service settings.
The MPS program may be completed purely on a part-time basis and up to eight years for completion. It is possible to combine the MPS with the MDiv program.
The Pastoral Care stream is a professional master's programs that prepare graduates to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care as persons who provide pastoral counselling and/or spiritual care (public chaplaincy) in hospitals, educational insitutions, prisons, congregations and the armed forces.
The Social Ministry and Worship and Preaching streams are non-professional degrees and are usually pursued for personal enrichment. Graduates of these streams may be leaders in lay ministry and community or pursue careers in social service and community-based agencies and organizations.
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Christian Streams Required Courses: Old Testament I, New Testament I, History of Christianity I, Context and Ministry, Theology I, and electives in the following areas: Pastoral Theology, Spirituality, Social Ministry, Pastoral Counselling, Worship I or Homiletics I.
Social Ministry Stream: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Christian Ethics in Context, Mission and Religious Pluralism, and electives in the following areas of study: Christian Education, Social Ministry, Social Ethics, Social Ministry and two open electives.
Pastoral Care Stream: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE), Mission and Religious Pluralism, and electives in the following areas of study: Christian Education, Pastoral Care, Life Stage Ministry (e.g. Gerontology, Youth Ministry, or Spirituality),and an option for additional SPE units.
Worship and Preaching: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Songs of the Church, Mission and Religious Pluralism and electives in the following areas of study: Worship, Homiletics, Christian Education and open electives.
Upon completion of the MPS, graduates will:
Religious Faith and Heritage
• Demonstrate knowledge of religious heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions (as related to pastoral practices).
• Interpret scripture and religious texts using a variety of methods, sources, and norms.
• Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within their religious tradition.
Culture and Context
• Demonstrate critical understanding for one’s area of specialization of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
• Employ diverse methods of analysis in relating to the cultural contexts of one’s specialization (e.g., pastoral, worship and preaching or social ministry).
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices of educational ministry.
• Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within their religious tradition, and an ability to reflect critically on their own sense of call to leadership and service.
• Attend to the spiritual development and well-being of self and others.
• Display capacity for self-reflexive and spiritual practices within communities of faith.
Practices of Area of Specialization
• Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to leadership in their own area of specialization.
• Demonstrate skills for responsible and accountable specialized leadership in congregational and community contexts.