Member Care


The D.Min. (Member Care) equips professionals who have demonstrated skill in providing ministerial and/or therapeutic care for missionaries. This degree uses multi-disciplinary training tools to equip you as a Mission Support Services Specialist serving in an organizational setting or as a Clinical Counseling Specialist (requires licensure) focusing on clinical needs of missionaries in the global arena.


This program will equip you to:

  • Analyze and address current developments and trends in member care ministry

  • Use innovative concepts, methods, and approaches in addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals and families who are engaged in cross-cultural ministry

  • Contribute to the theory and practice of member care ministry


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include

  • Serving an organization as a missions support services specialist

  • Meeting the needs of missionaries as clinical counseling specialist (requires licensure)

  • Coordinating member care services for a mission agency

  • Leading an organization that provides member care services to individuals and groups

  • Teaching member care ministry in a higher education context

Review our course requirements, view upcoming courses and begin the application process.


Featured Faculty: 
Steven A. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care

B.A., Indiana University (chemistry & psychology); M.S., Indiana University (philosophy); M.A., Christian Theological Seminary (marriage & family therapy); Ph.D., Indiana University (philosophy); ScD, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (evidence-based psychotherapy)

A photo of Rhonda Pruitt, a professor at CIU. Rhonda Pruitt
Professor of Missionary Care
B.S., Holmes College of the Bible; M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; M.Ed., Regent University