Course Type:

Foundational Courses (Level 1) - MP10605 - 1.5 Credits

Caring for Self and Others is an opportunity for participants to explore their understanding of self as members of a Christian community and to develop skills to teach and support others about specific aspects of the Christian tradition that support self-care. This course blends contemporary personality psychology with traditional practices of prayer, the contemplative reading of scripture, and spiritual direction to engage an integrated understanding of self, to support one’s own self-care, and to provide skills for use in the local church.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify one’s own personal style, attributes, and limitations.
  • To describe an understanding of self with one’s call as a member of the Christian community.
  • To recognize the difference between one’s own personal style and the personal style of others.
  • To distinguish between one’s own emotional responses to life situations as well as the responses of others.
  • To describe strategies for self-care rooted within the Christian tradition.
  • To illustrate principles of self-care within a Christian context in a group setting.
  • To construct an approach to Christian self-care appropriate for a local church context.
  • To explain how caring for self and caring for creation are inter-related.
  • Learning objectives for all courses: Demonstrate strengthening of inter- and intrapersonal assets as described by Marks 1.1, 3.5, 7.6,8.1., 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, and 8.6.

Required Texts (Each text opens to the book store page to purchase)

  • Kavar, Louis. (2010). Stumbling Into Life’s Lessons: Reflections on the Spiritual Journey. iUniverse. ISBN: 978-1-4502-4884-6
  • Peterson, Eugene H. (1987). Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-8028-0265-1


PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.,
P.O. Box 897
Tucker, GA 30085

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PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of theological education that is academically rigorous and affordable.   A PATHWAYS education in Ministry Preparation can be completed on-line in three years at a fraction of the price of a seminary education.   Our program is aligned with the requirements for ordination of most mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to work with ordaining bodies to make sure that participants are meeting their goals.   Now is the time to make an inquiry for the future of theological education.  Reach out today to Partner with PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

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