Become An Ordained Interfaith Minister | CURRICULUM OUTLINE
Prepare for a career in spiritual counseling, chaplaincy, or interfaith ministry.
Our students feel called to a life of sacred service, to be a vital part of the positive change we all deeply desire in this world. With personal coaching and mentoring, All Paths students are encouraged to engage in deep personal spiritual growth; while being provided with stimulating intellectual nourishment along the way. Our world-class faculty members are interfaith pioneers and leaders in their fields.
All Paths programs are non-denominational with a multi-religious, inter-spiritual approach.
Ordination Program (no degree)
18 Months standard, or 1 year fast track
Requires 44 credits
Comprised of 14 courses, 2 projects, 3 practicums and 2 electives.
(subject to change)
Our program mentors will work with each student to help shape their own unique vision of ministry and support them through the program. There are many arenas in which to serve the community in interfaith/inter-spiritual interfaith ministry or chaplaincy, and these may include: religious or secular venues, advocacy, activism, community building, prisons, hospitals, teaching, counseling, conflict resolution, healing, writing, speaking, ceremony, as ritualists for life passages such as births, weddings, funerals and more.
Interested in Chaplaincy?
If your goal is to become a board certified professional chaplain it is highly recommended that you continue with your studies after your ordination to complete a Master of Divinity Degree. You will also need to complete additional clinical pastoral education units (CPE/T) through CPSP – College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Find out more at www.cpspdirectory.org
Master of Divinity Program:
Requires a total of 72 credits.
Normal duration 24 months, or fast track 18 months.
TO UPGRADE FROM THE ORDINATION PROGRAM
will require: 8 additional classes including a more extended thesis, 2 more electives,
and a total of 3 extra projects (subject to change)
To support your calling as an Interfaith Minister and/or Chaplain, All Paths Divinity School is also an educational member organization of the Council of Interfaith Communities (CIC-USA), which has member congregations across the United States. CIC-USA is also recognized by the Association for Professional Chaplaincy, and The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) which are federally approved endorsing bodies which certify chaplains for professional work at all levels including hospitals, prisons, and the military. CIC-USA s a democratic religious ecclesiastic body of independently-organized non-denominational congregations and communities throughout the United States which hold to interfaith and interspiritual values.
1. World Religions Overview
2. Interfaith: Past, Present, Future
3. Heart of Ministry
4. Spiritual Counseling
5. Varieties of Ministry
6. Life Passages & Transitions
7. Rites, Rituals, & Ceremonies
8. Ethics & Sacred Activism
9. Interfaith Dialogue & Conflict Resolution
10. Leadership & Community Building
11. Ministry Skills Evaluation
12. My Interfaith Ministry
1. Illuminated Journal
2. Interfaith Liturgy Prayer Book
3. Spiritual Practices
Electives are optional to be added on at $300 each. More elective choices are available on request.
Sacred Arts and Creativity
Spiritual Development Models
Ancient Mystery Schools
Magick, Miracles, & Divination
Angels & Demons
Enlightenment, Salvation, Liberation
Science & Religion
A World of Prayers
The Divine Feminine
Religion & Peacemaking
As the curriculum covers such a vast area of study, we do not expect our students to be experts in these areas. Rather, we will have considered our program successful if our students develop the desire to continue with their research and deepen their studies on an ongoing basis, even beyond their time as All Paths students.
Upon completing their program Master of Interfaith Divinity graduates will be able to:
1. Define their personal approach to interfaith, multifaith ministry.
2. Articulate an understanding of religious and inter-spiritual issues which affect both interfaith/inter-spiritual communities and human beings in general.
3. Identify skill-sets and models of leadership which can serve as templates for developing their ministry and/or achieving their goals of service.
4. Have started a portfolio of related projects which demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply their learning within focused parameters or for specific audiences.
5. Demonstrate the ability to think and communicate critically about matters of ministry, theology, and religious/spiritual studies.
6. Define the essentials of spiritual counseling and be able to responsibly assess client needs and realistically address them.
7. Counsel people of diverse cultural backgrounds in ways which honor their unique traditions.
8. Recognize when to conclude intervention and when to refer client to a more specialized third party form of counseling.
9. Articulate the theories and best practices of Professional Chaplaincy as a specialized ministry.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of several essential sacred texts in terms of both historical and contemporary relevance; with the ability to authoritatively officiate in public ceremony and ritual.
11. Have the vocabulary to clearly articulate how their own theological/religious/spiritual beliefs compare and contrast to other religious/spiritual traditions.
12. Facilitate multiple interfaith exercises/practices designed to engage people in meaningful dialogue across faith/spiritual traditions.
13. Develop a basic understanding of how to help manage a small nonprofit organization or start their own.
14. Open up to new ways of understanding spirituality and religious traditions, enriching both their inner and outer life.
15. Our students will be ordained as All Paths Ministers and have the opportunity to open up a chapter of All Paths Spiritual Community in their geographical area.
16. All Paths students will have the opportunity for ordination as an interfaith minister, with All Paths Universal Temple.