Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy

Subscribe to gain premium access!

Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 30 Min.Time Required: 24 Hours MinimumCourse Code: CM401
Reviews (9)

This course provides an overview of correctional chaplaincy as it functions in jails and prisons. The course will examine the history of correctional chaplaincy, the special skills and abilities the professional chaplain must possess, the critical dimensions of the multiple roles a chaplain assumes, and the constitutional mandates that govern the delivery of religious services in an institutional setting. Special focus will be placed on the chaplains as “agent of change,” the “ministry of presence”, on effective volunteer management, and the development of individualized ministry plans.


  1. Comprehend the rich tradition of correctional chaplaincy in America.
  2. Identify three critical dimensions of institutional chaplaincy.
  3. Explain the religious rights of the incarcerated and how to determine accommodations.
  4. Identify the multiple ways that effective chaplaincy positively impacts inmates, correctional staff, and the institutional environment.
  5. Compare the strengths and skill-sets of effective chaplains and compare those with your own personal giftings.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to build a ministry plan that corresponds to specific institutional settings and its inmate demographic.
  7. Develop strategies for creating meaningful ministry partnerships with local church leaders and laypersons.
  8. Develop a chaplaincy manual specific to your institution.
Karen Swanson, EdD
  • Northern Illinois University, EdD
  • Western Michigan University, MA
  • Calvin College, BS
  • Cornerstone University, BA

View Full Profile

Wendy Martin, PhD
  • University of Colorado, BS
  • University of Michigan, MBA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD

View Full Profile

Load More Reviews

Course Content

Expand All
Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up

Related Courses