Chaplains

Equipping a selected group of Georgia Baptist volunteers in basic chaplaincy

Author
Ricky D Thrasher
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of Georgia Baptist volunteers in basic chaplaincy skills. This equipping program model included a series of teaching sessions, videos, and exercises to enable participants to minister in chosen contexts as chaplains. The anticipated result was to be an effective process and the curricula to better enable the volunteers to serve with some basic skills as chaplains throughout Georgia in numerous areas. A prospective outcome was that volunteers of different ages, genders, and vocations would enter a chaplaincy ministry with the ability to serve effectively.

Beliefs and practices in professional chaplaincy

Author
Joseph Steven Spidell
Abstract
In this paper the author offers an analysis of the contemporary situation of professional chaplaincy and of its roots in Clinical Pastoral Education. The results of a survey are presented regarding some chaplains' beliefs regarding spirituality and medicine, their practices, and how these are related to CPE training. The author reviews complementary and alternative medicine to suggest resources for expanding chaplaincy perspectives and presents a chart of complementary spiritual practices. The author offers a theological perspective on pastoral care drawing on process-oriented theology and argues that chaplains bring a "healing intentionality" into their patient care.

Ministry beyond the gates: training for ministry as community service chaplains

Author
Benjamin Perez
Abstract
Ministry beyond the gates is driven by two Biblical imperatives; to carry the Gospel to the world and to embody that Gospel through a ministry of caregiving that honors God and ennobles people. The Project Director developed a series of presentations as part of a forty-hour Community Service Chaplain training course to equip volunteer chaplains for ministry. Chaplains minister to the first responders and support their work as an expression of commitment to and worship of God. Participants left with tools for chaplain ministry and a new perspective on how churches can reach out to their communities in service.

Disaster relief chaplaincy for community clergy

Author
Naomi Kohatsu Paget
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip community clergy with basic knowledge and skills to provide initial crisis ministry interventions during disaster relief psychotrauma in the context of cultural and religious diversity. Clergy are often the first chaplains to respond to community disasters, providing pastoral care and victim assistance. But, chaplaincy is very different than being the pastor of a church, and ministering within the context of cultural and religious diversity is very different than being the pastoral leader of a specific congregation within a particular religious tradition. This project bridges the gap between the pastorate and chaplaincy.

Tending to business by tending spirits: a new generation of chaplains for the workplace

Author
Lynn Ashley
Abstract
As sources of stress and community, places of work have become like battlefields. Thus, we need to find ways to tend to the consequent spiritual needs of employees and their secular employing institutions. To explore how chaplains might meet these needs, the author locates the history and theology of traditional chaplaincies and workplace ministries socially and religiously, and concludes that a new generation of chaplains is required who will share common values of the world's great religions--care, love and compassion; will not evangelize or proselytize; and will serve all employees regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs.

A plan to initiate effective chaplaincy ministry programs within the Mal missionary region of the Church of the Nazarene

Author
Hector R Mendoza
Abstract
Effective chaplaincy ministries can be carried out in Spanish-speaking countries. The study to validate this thesis was conducted in three Central America countries (Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica) with active pastors and ministerial students. Seminars, workshops, and seminary courses were used to group pastors and students together. Questionnaires were handed out to participants to measure their knowledge about chaplaincy ministries. The chaplain's job performance was introduced as a model to illustrate another way in carrying out the ministry. The response has been that chaplaincy ministry can be carried out by regional pastors as a ministry that has the potential to reshape communities by helping people to come in accord with the virtues of godly justice.

An appeal for quality pastoral care in Connecticut's human service systems

Author
Paul E Beavers
Abstract
This project provides an overview of chaplaincy from historical, theological and legal perspectives, with special focus on chaplaincy in the State of Connecticut's public institutions, and attempts to justify and define the unique place and role for professionally trained clergy in ministry to those who are hurting and often disenfranchised. The primary resource and vehicle for evaluating the current status of chaplaincy in Connecticut's public institutions and making recommendations was an interfaith task force sponsored by the Christian Conference of Connecticut. The end result of the task force was a "Report to the Governor" which contained nine recommendations.
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