Volunteer rescue chaplaincy: a ministry with the volunteers and those served by a volunteer rescue unit
Russell H Mueller
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.