Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

Pastoral Studies and Master of Divinity

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Head of Department of Pastoral Studies: Dr. Garry Baldwin

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Greetings from the Department of Pastoral Studies program at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary.

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies

In cooperation with the mission statement of Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary, the Department of Pastoral Studies is committed to preparing Christ-centered Pastoral leaders academically, professionally, and spiritually in order that they may be equipped to address creatively and effectively the needs and challenges of the urban Church. We seek to develop and train Pastors, Chaplains, Church Planters, Church Staff, and dedicated lay leaders to reach the lost urban people of all cultures with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to disciple them to further the Kingdom of God by providing the tools necessary to lead their congregations effectively in our ever-changing world. It is the goal of Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary and the Department of Pastoral Studies to develop servant leaders with high academic training, interpersonal skills, and moral constitution. It is our desire that each student be sent into the world prepared, trained, and equipped to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord found in Matthew 28:18-20.

The learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies Program are:

  1. To demonstrate one’s own personal faith in Christ by the use of spiritual disciplines and by the articulation of his or her spiritual journey.
  2. To demonstrate the ability to apply the Bible, biblical languages, and proper hermeneutics within contemporary urban ministerial contexts.
  3. To analyze and evaluate methods, interpretations, and historical difficulties in the historical and theological disciplines.
  4. To synthesize and integrate concepts and practical skills, such as leadership, communication, spiritual direction, and administration into real-life ministry settings.

The educational goal of the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies program is to prepare students for employment in church ministry settings, mission field work, or to serve as a basis for ongoing education. It is the ideal undergraduate major for students preparing for the Pastorate and the Master of Divinity degree. The degree is 128 credit hours and covers the basics of a Bachelor of Arts with the addition of Pastoral leadership development.

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity program is under the leadership of Dr. Garry Baldwin, Head of the Department of Pastoral Studies. It is a ninety-six (96) semester credit hour Master of Divinity program. This degree provides the student in-depth study involving course work, research, practicum, internship, and a thesis. Students enrolled must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher to continue in the program. Students are expected to strictly follow the required course of study for the degree concentration. The Master of Divinity degree is the standard degree required of Pastors and Church Staff, and is nearly always required for persons entering into chaplaincy programs. Each of the three (3) concentrations of study are intense and focus specifically on the area the student chooses for a very specific career path in pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, or pastoral studies.

All students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program must obtain a level of proficiency in the Biblical Languages for study purposes.

The education goal of the Master of Divinity program is to prepare students for vocational chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, or pastoral ministry.

The learning outcomes of the Master of Divinity Program are:

  1. Maturing in faith through the development of spiritual disciplines and a life conformed to the image of Christ (Spiritual formation);
  2. Knowing and utilizing the Scriptures (Biblical);
  3. Knowing and utilizing theology and history of the church (Historical-theological);
  4. To demonstrate practical skills of ministry (Practical);
  5. To apply historical resources and practical insights in the contemporary urban world through prophetic reflection and real-world experience (Applicational).

The Master of Divinity student can choose from among the following three (3) concentrations:

  1. Pastoral Studies for Ministry
  2. Pastoral Counseling
  3. Christian Chaplaincy

The Master of Divinity degree often appeals to prospective students who are called to the Ministry by God and who share some of the following traits: the desire to work with people, or in groups, a talent for initiating activities and programs, a call to help, minister to and/or motivate people, the mission to make a difference in the world. Although these traits may be similar to those required from other careers, the Master of Divinity puts you at the center of all of these activities. You would be in charge of a group of people who are ready to hear your ideas, and who are willing to embark with you in meaningful tasks and events that could make a difference in people’s lives.

Are there other jobs one can get with a Master of Divinity degree aside from being a Pastor?

For many employers, the Master of Divinity denotes that you are educated in a multidisciplinary area of study that combines history, culture, language, and theology. This makes you a good candidate for jobs in those areas, especially if you add another field of study to your degree. This is a great promotional point when you are looking for a career in helping people.

For example: You can start your own ministry with the added benefit of your training in Divinity. Ministries are customized depending on who you want your target audience to be: men, women, fathers, mothers, recovering alcoholics, and even pet lovers. A ministry does not have to be entirely based on religion. They can serve as a social service that people can use to get together and share common views. You would serve as their primary advisor and motivator. You can earn money from grants, donations, or special funding requested on behalf of those you will be helping. Also, you can create more than one type of ministry, which can expand your skills and experience working with different types of populations.

Ordained ministers with a Master of Divinity degree can apply for a direct commission through the armed forces. This would allow you to enter the military directly as a commissioned officer, starting as a first lieutenant and then progressing on. Military pay and benefits for commissioned officers are quite competitive, and you would be working hand in hand with those who defend our nation, as well as with their families. Prisons, jails, and certain large organizations also use chaplains to officiate ceremonies, as peer mediators, or as additional support for the morale and welfare of the company.

If you add a counseling license to your Master of Divinity degree, you can open your services to a broader group of people who may find you more trustworthy and dependable, thanks to your background in theology and faith. Adding the spiritual dimension to a counseling program can reach people who deeply need a new perspective in life. This includes chronically ill patients, grief and loss sufferers, people who are undergoing big changes, or people who are depressed and need something more than plain psychoanalysis.

Since a Master of Divinity degree lets you teach at a collegiate level, you can use the different areas within your training to find fitting teaching jobs ranging from history, theology, creative writing, and even English as a Second Language (ESL) for students who need exposure to the English language. You could lead writing teams as well as research teams that can maximize your experience working with groups as a leader.

The federal, as well as state governments, have family and community agencies that are created for the purpose of providing advisory services, counseling, and educational services to those who need it. There are also services for victims of abuse, and other opportunities for mentoring. These agency jobs often come with health benefit packages and step-based salaries, which means that your pay increases throughout your time in service. Look up governmental and federal agencies that work directly with families, youth, and career services to learn more about their work opportunities and requirements.

There are hundreds of travel abroad programs designed to enrich the learning experiences of middle school, high school, and college students through exposure to new cultures and countries. A Master of Divinity degree gives you the opportunity to become educated in plenty of cultural and historical topics. You will learn about multicultural aspects of theology, such as Greek influences, Latin and Jewish documents, World History, and research methodology. This would make you a prime candidate for mentoring in travel abroad programs. Travel abroad opportunities are open year-round. There is funding available for chaperons as well as resources to raise funds for trips and spending money.

A Master of Divinity degree gives you plenty of opportunities to research on many interesting topics that arise as part of your studies. Documenting your learning can result in writing for journals, or starting your own writing venture to become a published author. This will open a lot of doors for you as a professional, since published scholars are always held in high regard in the academic arena. You may find your niche in the writing community and enjoy conducting investigations in your area of interest. In turn, you can write grants for your funding sources or find employment in a college setting as an investigator or assistant to an investigator in your area.

North Carolina State Board of Licensed Fee-Based Practicing Counselors Certification Information/Requirements:

Requirements for certificate to practice as a Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor

  • At least 21 years of age;
  • Of good moral character;
  • At least three years of full-time work as a rabbi, minister, or religious leader;
  • Ordained, or an equivalent as determined by the applicant’s faith group, and endorsed to function as a pastoral counselor;
  • Completed a Master of Divinity, or its equivalent, from an accredited educational institution;
  • Completed a Master or Doctoral degree in pastoral counseling, or its equivalent, from an accredited educational institution;
  • Completed at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, or its equivalent;
  • Provided at least 1,375 hours of pastoral counseling;
  • Received at least 250 hours of supervision of pastoral counseling (up to 30% of which can be obtained through CPE supervision), supervision to be provided by a North Carolina Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor, LCMHC, LCMHCS, LMFT, LCSW, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Medical Doctor with a Medical Board certification in psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practioner, or an individual with equal or greater clinical qualifications to one of these professionals that is approved by the Board through written equivalency;
  • Passes the Board’s examination in pastoral counseling.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Garry Baldwin, you check out his biography on our Faculty Page.