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Military Chaplaincy

Serving both God and country as a military chaplain is a high calling that requires theological steadfastness and biblical sensitivity. BBS' M.Div. Military Chaplaincy concentration provides you with the sound foundation and spiritual training for ministry in the military.

Chaplaincy is a form of pastoral ministry driven by passion for both ministry and patriotism. You will serve alongside soldiers, fighting spiritual battles in times of peace and war.

As a student in the M.Div. Military Chaplaincy concentration, you will learn from successful chaplains and be equipped with preaching, counseling, discipling, and evangelism skills. BBS' program meets all U.S. Department of Defense requirements for chaplaincy and prepares you to step directly into a military career.

Focusing on practical application for military ministry, you will gain hands-on experience in teaching and discipling in your one-year, full-time paid internship. The M.Div. program balances biblical and theological scholarship with practical tools that you will take into ministry.

Most Protestant-endorsing agencies accept the BBS M.Div. degree because of its high academic standards and ministry experience. Some endorsers allow the BBS internship to meet the military's experience requirement, helping you reach full-time military status much sooner.

Learn more about a Military Chaplaincy career here.

You will leave BBS with:

  • A useful understanding of governmental and military expectations and protocol.
  • Skills for preaching effectively in the military and combat zone contexts.
  • Training and resources for Critical Incident Stress Management.
  • Capabilities for ministering to an inter-faith, cross-generational population.

Courses in the Military Chaplaincy concentration include:
MC850 Military Chaplaincy Philosophy and Practice 2 credits
MC851 The Military Chaplaincy Cultural Context 2 credits
MC852 Governmental and Legal Issues in the Military Chaplaincy 1 credit
MC853 Preaching and Teaching in the Military 1 credit
MC854 How to Accomplish Crisis Intervention in the Military 1 credit
PT502 Pastoral Counseling 2 credits
PT836 The Pastor and Crisis Counseling 1 credit
PT833 Keeping Counseling Biblical 1 credit
PT855 Pastoral Care for the Hospitalized and Bereaved 1 credit
PT801 The Art of Discipling - Training Timothys 2 credits
PT800 The Theology and Practice of Family 2 credits
PT831 Legal Issues in Church Ministry 1 credit
PT500 Expository Preaching 2 credits
PT601 Advanced Expository Preaching 2 credits
PT823 Writing Your Own Bible Curriculum 2 credits
U.S. Military Chaplaincy Office Training Internship Courses 16 credits