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M.A. in Aging and Spirituality

Oversight/location of the program within the Seminary: School of Practical Theology In this “age of aging” there is an urgent demand in the church and society at large to equip professional leaders, such as clergy, educators, social workers, counselors, health care workers and congregational lay ministers, to effectively respond to the vast needs of our rapidly expanding elder population. This newly developed Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality degree program is designed to provide a leading edge professional education to meet this need. The purpose of the Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality is to prepare students for a vocation of educational leadership with lifespan catechesis, discipleship, spiritual formation, and nurture in the local church, para-church, institutions, cross- cultural ministry, and higher education.

Overview

In this “age of aging” there is an urgent demand in the church and society at large to equip professional leaders, such as clergy, educators, social workers, counselors, health care workers and congregational lay ministers, to effectively respond to the vast needs of our rapidly expanding elder population. This newly developed Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality degree program is designed to provide a leading edge professional education to meet this need.

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality program is to develop professional, skilled and creative leaders to transform and guide the vision, attitude and ministry practices of congregations, faith communities and other social organizations with regard to the spiritual significance and social-spiritual realities of aging and elderhood.

Program Goals

  • Articulate a practical theology of human aging and elderhood grounded in the biblical narrative and orthodox theology with attention to the significance, spiritual, religious and existential dimensions of older adulthood and informed by insights from human sciences, church tradition and experience.
  • Demonstrate insight into the historic and current cultural contexts of aging among diverse populations applicable to the student, the potential and needs of older adults and those who support and care for them.
  • Demonstrate proficiency for professional, holistic spiritual nurture of older adults: congregational leadership; pastoral care; chaplaincy; program development; care giving; and advocacy.
  • Demonstrate personal spiritual integrity and maturity appropriate for professional older adult ministry leadership.

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 PC510 Care of Persons
3 AS520 Community Relationships, Resources Programs in Ministry
3 AS530 Spiritual Resiliency and Worship
3 AS625 Aging and Mental Health
3 CS615 Bioethics: Death, Aging, and Sickness [PRQ: CS601]
Final
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 AS630 Psycho-social Dimensions: Safe Sanctuaries, Cross Cultural Perspectives, Life Review
3 AS663 Aging, Spirituality, and Ministry
3 PC655/660 Clinical Pastoral Ed -or- Practicum in Pastoral Care [PRQ: PC510 or PC515]
3 Aging/Spirituality Elective Choose a course from the following: CD615, CO515, CO601, CS641, PC512, PC515, SF501
3 Aging/Spirituality Elective Choose a course from the following: CD615, CO515, CO601, CS641, PC512, PC515, SF501
3 Aging/Spirituality Elective Choose a course from the following: CD615, CO515, CO601, CS641, PC512, PC515, SF501
As Needed
3   Elective Course
3   Elective Course