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Community Chaplaincy
CHPL-682

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course examines a biblical approach to providing chaplain ministry in pluralistic and secular community settings. Attention is given to providing Christocentric chaplain leadership and spiritual care within the context of corporations, colleges, sports organizations, first response teams, and prison systems.

Requisites

Prerequisites

CHPL 500 and 598

Rationale

Chaplains need to be prepared to minister religiously and effectively in secular and pluralistic environments without compromising their theology and spiritual convictions. Chaplains serving in the workplace, college, sports, first-responder, and prison communities must be prepared to assess complex ministry environments, spiritual opportunities, and challenges. It is important for community chaplains to be able to lead spiritually and minister biblically in the unique setting to which God has called them.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the unique ministerial role of the community chaplain as set in the historical context of Church and State in America.
  2. Assess the biblical basis for the community chaplain and explain, in light of Scripture, the spiritual, moral, and ethical principles of chaplaincy ministry.
  3. Compare and contrast pluralism in the New Testament world as it relates to the community chaplain working within the pluralistic setting of today.
  4. Evaluate the unique opportunities and challenges of the community chaplain while serving individuals in corporations, colleges, sports organizations, prisons, and first-responder teams.
  5. Explain how the evangelical chaplain can effectively serve in a religiously diverse and secular community.
  6. Create a community ministry plan that provides soul-care for all under the chaplain’s charge.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Beckner, Thomas W. Correctional Chaplains: Keepers of the Cloak. Orlando: Capella Press, 2012.

Carson, D. A. The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

Lewis, C. S. The Problem of Pain. San Francisco: HarperOne, 1996.

Livermore, David A. Cultural Intelligence: Improving your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Review

The student will select 1 book from the required resource purchases section on the Course Syllabus and write a 1800–2400-word (main body) review of the book. This paper will have 3 sections. Each of the 3 sections will use current Turabian format and have various word counts. The student will include a summary of the book, a reflection of the book, and some concrete responses from the book.

Community Chaplaincy Paper: Topic Selection

The student will submit a 1-paragraph document that outlines the community-based chaplaincy area he/she will be writing about for the Community Chaplaincy Paper along with a preliminary thesis statement.

Biblical Rationale for Chaplaincy Paper

The student will write a 1200–1500-word (main body) research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a biblical rational for a community chaplaincy ministry. The paper must include at least 8 references (Professional Journals, Professional Magazines, and books) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. This assignment will explore what aspects of Scripture should guide the ministry of a community chaplain. The paper will include an analysis of how the chaplain should minister in a multi-cultural and pluralistic setting yet maintain a strong commitment to the chaplain’s faith and biblical view.

Case Study

From a list of case studies provided, the student will choose 1 study and will write a 900–1200-word paper detailing his/her response to the study. The paper must include at least 5 references. In addition, the student must include a biblical response to the Case Study and provide an understanding of the case in the context as a community chaplain. This paper needs to be well-thought-out and well written to ensure a full understanding of stated issues as well as any issues that might not be stated.

Community Chaplaincy Paper

The student will choose a field of community chaplaincy and create a 3000–3600-word ministry plan for the area of chaplaincy. This paper must have at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and other required readings for this course. These references can include professional journals and related books. This ministry plan must include the nature of the student’s calling to chaplaincy or ministry, gifts and abilities, personal values, and what energizes him/her in ministry.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Book Review

150

Community Chaplaincy Paper: Topic Selection

25

Biblical Rationale for Chaplaincy Paper

100

Case Study

150

Community Chaplaincy Paper

175

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

CHPL 682

Textbooks: Beckner, Correctional Chaplains (2012).

Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (1996).

Lewis, The Problem of Pain (1996).

Livermore, Cultural Intelligence (2009).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Lewis: chs. 1–10

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Carson: chs. 1–7

2 presentations

Book Review

150

3

Carson: chs. 8–14

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Community Chaplaincy Paper: Topic Selection

100

25

4

Livermore: chs. 1–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

100

5

Livermore: chs. 9–12

1 presentation

Biblical Rationale for Chaplaincy Paper

100

6

Livermore: chs. 13–15

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

100

7

Beckner: chs. 1–5

2 presentations

Case Study

150

8

Beckner: chs. 6–10

1 presentation

Community Chaplaincy Paper

175

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.