MAFM Spiritual Care Track:
Here’s What it Takes
Our MAFM Spiritual Care track addresses the following Learning Outcomes:
- Acquire, develop, and apply knowledge of and experience with sacred scriptures, theology, spirituality, and diversity in ministries of service and support.
- Integrate a theology of spiritual care, grounded in biblical, theological and historical scholarship with a theory of pastoral practice grounded in understandings of human and faith development theory and systems theory
- Identify and engage diverse and overlapping cultural and social dynamics in various settings.
- Describe, practice, and model spiritual and ethical practices and discernment that form and nurture one’s own and others’ faith.
- Identify and describe issues of pastoral care practice commonly encountered in various settings.
Intercultural Immersion Experiences
Within the area of Intercultural Engagement & Action, Area Electives will be designed to include intercultural immersion experiences. Depending on the design of the particular Area Elective, experiences could be local or could involve travel in the US or internationally. The courses will also include preparation for the experience, a means of processing the experience as one engages in it, and a means of debriefing after the experience and discerning ways to incorporate the learnings in one’s vocation.
Continuing Education Requirement
Each MAFM student is required to participate in at least 4 continuing education programs. You get to choose which ones you attend—and there are lots to choose from.
Some of our courses are available via distance learning. Some of these might be intensive classes or "hybrid" classes in which at least 50% of the course is held with all students on campus. The Seminary does not currently offer a completely online degree program.
*Note: In response to the coronavirus, since March 2020 all in-person courses have transitioned to video-conference. Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary are in ongoing discussions about how and when it is safe to re-open campus to in-person instruction. For Fall 2020, our faculty are preparing for both possibilities: that campus will open and some courses will be held in-person and some online, or that campus will remain closed and all courses will be held online. No matter what the outcome will be, students can rest assured that they will be getting the personal instruction that they have come to expect from Moravian Seminary.
Adding a Concentration or Graduate Certificate
You can focus your electives on biblical studies, contemplative practices, or spiritual formation and obtain a 7-credit Concentration in Formative Spirituality or dive deeper with a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies, Spiritual Direction, or Formative Spirituality.