Master of Ministry with a Concentration in Care and Counseling



The Master of Ministry (M.Min) Degree with a Concentration in Care and Counseling is a 2 1/2-year program offers specialized training to prepare students for the ministry of lay counseling. The degree offers a firm foundation of theoretical and practical preparation for counseling itself, with a strategic array of classes in the most pressing issues of biblical church-based counseling.


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Program Learning Outcomes


Through the infusion of the 7 Core Competencies, each student is expected to:


  • PLO 1: Demonstrate an advanced ability to interpret the Bible.

  • PLO 2: Integrate biblical, historical, and theological perspectives into an effective strategy for responding to challenges in church and marketplace.

  • PLO3: Demonstrate a holistic understanding of humanity from a biblical, psychological, social, emotional, and behavioral perspective.

  • PLO 4: Demonstrate an understanding of mental illness and addictions from a biological, environmental, and biblical perspective.

  • PLO 5: Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of group dynamics and conflict mediation skills.

  • PLO 6: Design a strategy for employing empathic supportive care to persons through
    an integration of biblical and psychological constructs.

  • PLO 7: Demonstrate an advanced level of effective oral and written communication skills and to formulate and discuss ideas logically and critically.

  • PLO 8: Analyze seminal texts, discerning and effectively communicating the importance and quality of the arguments therein in light of related literary, historical, cultural, ecclesial, and global contexts.

  • PLO 9: Demonstrate an ability to integrate and defend Biblical truth through correlates of theology, while critically evaluating the range of alternate views and perspectives.

  • PLO 10: Demonstrate Christian leadership skills which integrate faith and practice

  • PLO 11: Develop and implement a personal plan of spiritual formation involving the practice of spiritual disciplines.

  • PLO 12: Design and implement a well-researched ministry program and intervention and communicate its results and insights for the benefit of others.


Degree Requirements


  • Complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours

  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.

  • At least 21 semester credit hours must be earned at VBC.

  • Complete the general graduation requirements listed below.

  • Meet course requirements in the following areas:


         Bible/Theology Core – 18 Hours









         Ministry Practices Core – 9 Hours 








         Concentration Core –12 Hours 





         Capstone Seminar & Research Project – 3 Hours 



Admission Requirements 


  • A minimum of a bachelor degree in any field   

  • Completed application

  • Essay addressing reason for applying for admissions, ministry, and/or leadership experience, and future goals

  • One (1) Reference Letter from your Pastor  or spiritual leader


Transfer Credits


Life Experience cannot contribute toward a degree, but a transference of up to 15 comparable credit hours from previous learning institutions can be applied. Students must normally have earned a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in order to be eligible to transfer a course from another institution to VBC. Transferability of credits earned at this institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Office of Academic Affairs for further information.




Courses may be offered at any time during the student’s course of study. Each course will be selected from one or more of the components and will fulfill the student’s requirement for each learning component. Of the courses offered each semester students may select the course(s) for which they would like to register. Courses of comparable or greater academic rigor may be substituted for a required course, but this is subject the approval of the Program Director.


Graduation Requirements


Candidates for the degree are required to complete all course work at a B grade level or higher. Students must also satisfactorily complete a thesis designing and completion of a project or thesis that supports the program outcomes, reflects theological understanding, sensitivity to social pathology and resources, and the capacity to integrate theory and practice at a high level of excellence. This will include field involvement supervised by faculty and adjunct instructors. The final requirement is the successful completion of a church or community-based Care & Counseling Internship.



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