Bachelor of Arts in
Christian Caregiving and Lay Counseling


Program Overview

Part of the College of Theology, the Christian Caregiving and Lay Counseling program will provide you with methods and resources for a profession or lay ministry in a variety of pastoral settings. The core of the Theology department is to promote Spirit-led growth and increase your knowledge of the Bible. Through your understanding of God’s Word and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, you will be equipped to bring the healing ministry of Jesus to your profession.

As a Christian Caregiving and Lay Counseling major, your coursework will include: Hermeneutics, teaching the Bible, principles of psychology, research seminar, introduction to theology and ethics. 

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Christian Caregiving and Lay Counseling?

  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • Introduction to Christian Caregiving
  • Issues/Identity of Caregiver
  • Pastoral Approaches to Counseling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Developing Helping Skills
  • Practical Application of Helping Skills

What makes ORU’s Biblical Literature program stand out?

ORU was designated one of the nation’s “Best Schools for Studying the Bible” by TheBestSchools.org, therefore, you can rest assured that you will be receiving one of the most high-quality, comprehensive Biblical Literature degrees in the nation.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.


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