An Assessment of Pastoral Counseling Courses in Seminaries Serving Evangelical Baptist Students
Review of Religious Research
The present study examined the number of pastoral counseling courses required and offered for Master of Divinity (M.Div. ) students from 31 evangelical seminaries which have traditionally served evangelical, Baptist students. In light of survey studies concluding that pastors report feeling inadequate to function as counselors, we expected to find that seminaries require little formal counseling training. Congruently, none of the seminaries required more than 6 semester hours of counseling training, and the majority required 3 hours or fewer. We recommend further studies which include evangelical seminaries of various denominations.
Clergy, pastoral care, Baptists, seminarians, counseling, evangelicalism
Firmin, M., & Tedford, M. (2007). An assessment of pastoral counseling courses in seminaries serving evangelical Baptist students. Review of Religious Research, 48, 420-427.