Certificate in Pastoral Care

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 15-credit hour certificate in pastoral care provides practical counseling skills to minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of others. All of the Certificate in Pastoral Care courses can be applied to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree for those wanting further study in the field.

The certificate options are non-degree programs, but they enable you to test a call to ministry by experiencing one year of seminary education. Certificates also fulfill continuing education requirements or form a solid foundation of academic credits for those who desire to continue their education and pursue a degree.

What to Expect from the Certificate

As you complete your certificate, you will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories, techniques, ethical practices and legal issues in order to provide appropriate care for the whole person.
  • Enhance your ministry by becoming better equipped to counsel the Body of Christ.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Short essay explaining the purpose for seeking admission
  • Official Transcripts showing bachelor degree conferral 
  • Two References-One Pastoral and One Personal
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Background Check (run by the Admissions Office)
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Personal History Essay:

  1. Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
  2. What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
  3. Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.


Pastoral Care Required Courses (15)
PC510 Care of Persons 3
PC670 Pastoral Approaches to Marriage/Family Counseling 3
PC515 Pastoral Crisis Intervention 3
CO520 Narrative Counseling 3
PC520 Pastoral Diagnosis in Care and Counseling 3