Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care and Aging**

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Students may earn a professional graduate certificate in Pastoral Care and Aging by completing 15 required credits.

Courses in Aging—15 hours Hours
AGE 6003 Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach 3
AGE 6053 Community and Congregational Resources 3
AGE 6603 Elder Mediation 3
AGE 6613 Spiritual Formation and Aging 3
AGE 6993 TransformAging® Capstone Project 3

Program Overview

This certificate addresses an educational need among leaders in the churches and professionals in religious, educational and social work agencies that work with the older adult population.  This program is a great option for professionals serving in ministry roles in churches and other faith-based organizations, as well as to people of faith working in secular fields such as social work and education. In 2010, 53 percent of those 65 and older reported attending church at least once per week or almost every week (Gallup). Elders, preachers, Bible class teachers and others need a firm knowledge base in how to best serve the majority of their congregations.  In 2011, 13.3 percent of the American population was over the age of 65, compared to 12 percent just eight years earlier (U.S. Census Bureau). Christians who work with older adults in secular fields will be better equipped to minister to their patients or clients with this certificate program.

Additionally, Lipscomb’s School of TransformAging® and Bible Department are launching a Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree program.  Students will take 15 hours of Bible core courses in addition to the 15 hours of pastoral care curriculum to earn a 30-hour master’s degree.  Contact Frank Guertin at or 615.966.5352 for additional information regarding the Bible component.

**Offered on demand.