Chaplains

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.

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.

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.
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