The Commission on Special Ministries offers a program for chaplain certification through Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn. This program offers credentials to meet the requirements of healthcare facilities, jails, prisons, and military bases for ministry in their facilities, especially if the pastor or layperson wants to reach out to non-members.
Rev. Jim Behringer, director of WELS Commission on Special Ministries, says, “I’m excited that any WELS member, whether a called worker or a member of the congregation, living anywhere in the U.S., can take these courses and gain this knowledge. The best recommendation is that past students have said that they gained much more than they expected from these courses. The courses are practical because they offer opportunities to learn more that you can use locally.”
The following online classes will be offered through MLC during the Spring 2020 semester, Jan. 8 to May 8, 2020.
Note that the Sign Language course is not part of the chaplain certification program but is promoted by the Mission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, part of WELS Special Ministries, to help WELS members reach out with God’s Word to those who are hard of hearing.
ASL8001 – American Sign Language and Introduction to Deaf Culture – 3 credits
The basic foundation of American Sign Language through an overview of deaf culture and an introduction to the signing of finger spelling, numbers, colors, vocabulary words, and beginning-level conversations.
THE9522 – Chaplaincy Issues and Fieldwork – 3 credits
An overview of chaplaincy, related issues, and fieldwork experience in a specific area of chaplain ministry.
THE9523 – Ministering to the Incarcerated and Their Families – 3 credits
Strategies to initiate and implement a gospel ministry to the incarcerated.
THE9524 – Frontline Chaplaincy – 3 credits
A study of the challenges faced by the protectors of society (military, law enforcement, fire service) and the information chaplains need to minister to them.
THE9534 – Grounded in Scripture – 3 credits
An introduction to theology that focuses upon the scriptural teachings of special importance to chaplaincy ministry.
Learn more and register at mlc-wels.edu. Click on “Academics,” then “Continuing Education.”