Behavioral Ministry

Program Description

The Behavioral Ministry degree is designed to equip students for relational, psychological, and social service areas of ministry and public practice. This degree provides graduates with the education and experience needed to pursue a graduate degree in counseling, psychology, or social work in preparation towards professional licensure and practice. The course material in this field of study trains students to enhance Christian ministry in the local church and in parachurch organizations in the areas of outreach, pastoral ministry, mental health and social services, and more.

Career Opportunities

  • Juvenile Justice and Adult Corrections
  • Residential Treatment (or other) Facilities
  • Mental Health Hospitals
  • Social Services
  • Church-related lay counseling
  • Non-profit careers focused on mental health, substance abuse, anger management, etc.

What You Study

  • Relational Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Personality Theories
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods/Psych Stats

Objectives for Graduates

Students will become equipped “people helpers” using biblical and psychology principles in order to:

  • Develop a therapeutic understanding enabling interpretation and dialogue with ministry leaders and other professionals about psychological terms, descriptions, and resources for treatment.
  • Assist others through religious organizations, parachurch organizations, and/or public agencies in an understanding of self, relationships with others, and healthy aspects of their community.

If you are considering working towards the Behavioral Ministry degree, ask an Admissions team representative for more information.

“SLCC prepared me by building my relationship with Jesus Christ and getting me out of my comfort zone. The professors helped me learn to meet people where they are and share compassion with our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as those who need a Savior.”

Julie Evans