Chaplains

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.

Volunteer rescue chaplaincy: a ministry with the volunteers and those served by a volunteer rescue unit

Author
Russell H Mueller
Abstract
The dissertation-project was written to provide the theological, methodological and practical foundation for the implementation, by a clergyperson serving a rural church, of a crisis chaplaincy service staffed by a volunteer rescue unit in a rural Nebraska community. After establishing the theological base, three areas were researched: the principles of crisis intervention, related chaplaincies, and existing chaplaincies with emergency care units. Attention is given to the skills needed, legal matters, the nature and needs of the volunteer rescue workers, and possible challenges and criticisms. A flexible outline for the exploration and implementation of this program is included.

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.
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