Chaplains

Navy chaplains' incorporation of Assemblies of God doctrine into Protestant worship services

Author
Brian C Salter
Abstract
This study examined how Assemblies of God Navy chaplains incorporate their Pentecostal doctrine into Protestant worship services within the military. Social constructivist grounded theory was the method of study. Research found that Assemblies of God Navy chaplains incorporate their doctrine into these worship services by providing altar calls as their primary means.

Spiritual/Pastoral Support in Trauma Contexts: Guidelines for the Training of Hospital Chaplains

Author
Alin N Dogaru
Abstract
This thesis project paper explored the training for professional chaplains in assisting victims of traumatic events, their families, and their caregivers. It includes a survey study of the current requirements and practices within the major associations of chaplains in the USA regarding training received and assistance offered by these professionals. It provides guidelines about knowledge and skills the chaplains need in order to be effective in assisting those involved in traumatic events. The research showed the need for improving awareness and training for spiritual care professionals in trauma contexts through the development of educational and practical programs and resources.

Discovering an Evangelical Theology of Chaplancy

Author
Michael William Elmore
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover an evangelical theology of chaplaincy that will guide chaplains in their practice of ministry in a pluralistic religious environment while maintaining integrity with their evangelical faith. A total of 180 surveys were completed by evangelical chaplains (working chaplains, professors, CPE supervisors, and denominational directors). Out of 180 participants, 136 completed all aspects of the survey. The survey focused on practical theology or what chaplains believe and do. Therefore, the results accurately portray the practice of evangelical chaplains working in the field of chaplaincy. Chaplains acknolwedgeded their frustrations and celebrated their joys.

A strategy for ministry in the business community

Author
Graham H Tucker
Abstract
The project was carried out in context of the development of a new form of ministry to the business community in downtown Toronto. The major research component consisted of a survey of management attitudes and values in the area served by King-Bay Chaplaincy. The findings of the survey and the survey process itself influenced the strategy and development of the chaplaincy. The entire ministry of the chaplaincy is experimental in nature, as it is not based on a traditional model of ministry. The Project Report is an account of the evolution of the new ministry, based on a problem solving approach which utilizes the research data from the survey in its planning process. As a result of the research project, a Value Systems Analysis process was developed as a possible tool for a management value consulting ministry in the future.

Common ground for God and country: enabling chaplains of various faiths to work together for the common good

Author
Carlton Fisher
Abstract
The United States Government employs chaplains of various faith traditions. Each chaplain is expected to minister within the realm of her or his own faith tradition, but is also expected to work with chaplains of other faiths and to accommodate religious traditions that are different than the chaplain's tradition. The author developed a class to foster greater respect among chaplains by deepening their understanding of spiritual development and show how that understanding affects the practice of accommodating various faith groups. The level of success of the class was tested by the use of questionnaires and a focus group.

Emergency services chaplaincy training for ministers

Author
William Lotz
Abstract
Pastors who want to be involved in chaplaincy with their local fire and police departments and with ministry to the victims of emergency crisis will find a need for specialized training to equip them. This training program will introduce pastors to the scope and practice of emergency service response and provide them with basic knowledge and skills to respond as an emergency service chaplain.

Researching and Designing a Mentoring Handbook for Professional Chaplains at Baptist Community Ministries in New Orleans

Author
T June Wilder
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a mentoring handbook to assist professional chaplains employed with Baptist Community Ministries, New Orleans, Louisiana, to mentor chaplains through the professional board-certification process. The project is based upon the premise of chaplains seeking professional status in chaplaincy as a full-time ministry. The project director began her project by researching material in the field of mentoring in order to develop a procedure for professional chaplains to follow when called upon to mentor chaplains through national board certification. The project director compiled the mentoring procedure in the form of a handbook incorporating the board-certificatuin process initiated by the Association of Professional Chaplains, one of several nationally recognized organizations that promotes professional chaplaincy.

The impact of death anxiety

Author
Llewellyn M Drumbor
Abstract
Fear of death has a focus, a primary concern. Most scholars conclude that three primary concerns comprise fear of death: Thoughts of a punishing afterlife; dread of annihilation; and the physical pain that may be felt while dying. The project explains how an integration of knowledge, skills, and competences is critical to preparing the chaplain/clergy for effective ministry. The professional caregiver will need to come to terms with her/his own mortality before building the trust that transcends the fear and death anxiety inherent with end-of-life patients.

Establishing the role of nurse chaplain through A Listening Heart Ministries

Author
David A Currie
Abstract
This thesis project describes the concept and development of the role of nurse chaplain by the author, through A Listening Heart Ministries. The role allows her to bring to her chaplaincy her many years of experience working as a registered nurse. She is seeking to establish the new role in a way that affirms and incorporates all of her nursing education, knowledge and experience as the background for this new chaplain role. The two hypotheses she addresses in this thesis are that there is a great need for more chaplain services in various settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and homeless shelters; and that the role of chaplain is enriched in many ways when the chaplain is also a nurse.

Keys to resilient practice in contemporary chaplaincy

Author
Frank J Stalfa
Abstract
The author researched professional chaplains to learn how they remain resilient while working in a physically, emotionally, and spiritually depleting environment. He studied resilence literature, conducted personal interviews with chaplains, and collected data/responses from an online survey. He learned that incorporating intentional self-care practices that nurture the body, mind, and spirit may reduce the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, while lowering the impact of secondary traumatic stress. Also important to the chaplain's well-being is a support network of family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and professional counselors; plus meaningful work that provides fulfillment for the individual.
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