Chaplains, Military

Enhancing Religious Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center through the Protestant Chapel Service

Author
Daniel T Braswell
Abstract
This project involves exploring ways to enhance religious services at a military hospital through the Protestant chapel congregation. The author implemented ways to raise awareness of the services through the hospital. He also conducted a survey among the current chapel congregation. Next, he did a series of interviews of chapel congregants using narrative analysis to gain a picture of the meaning and purpose of the service for the current attendees to provide insights for enhancing the service. The results lead to conclusions and suggestions for further enhancement of the services.

Resolving feelings of powerlessness

Author
Michael D Jaques
Abstract
The question that this project in ministry sought to answer was "How do Army Chaplains resolve their feelings of powerlessness when they are unable to help a deployed soldier meet a specific need?" The method used in this study was grounded theory. The results show that chaplains go through a transformation and become new people. The changes that occur are categorized by five marks. These marks include: increased humility, improved pastoral identity, recognizing their finiteness, valuing their contributions, and finding strengths in weakness. The way that this transformation occurs is largely through relationship.

Christian married men, sexual integrity, and the sea services

Author
Ceistiano S DeSousa
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how Christian married men sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services. Three research questions guided the study: What motivates Christian married men to sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services? What challenges do Christian married men face in sustaining sexual integrity in the Sea Services? What practices help Christian married men sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services? The study concluded that Christian married men, chaplains and prospective chaplains must grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, in knowing their spouses better, and acquire a better understanding of human sexuality.

Chaplain, pastor, leader: a biographical study of leadership transitions in the life of Chaplain (Colonel) James E. Wright

Author
Brian P Wright
Abstract
This project is a biographical study of the transition of (Colonel) Chaplain James E. Wright from military chaplain to pastoral leader in civilian service. It examined the correlation between the pastoral leadership demonstrated by Chaplain Wright and established leadership expressions and patterns. This examination involved the review of many personal documents, review of his military record and interviews conducted with individuals from congregations he served as a civilian pastor. The project concluded that the vision, discipline, and counseling that were developed by his time as a military chaplain were employed with great effectiveness in his civilian ministry.

Army Catholic chaplains: toward solving the shortage

Author
M Paul Weberg
Abstract
The shortage of Catholic chaplains in the Army has caused Catholic soldiers to go without the Sacraments for long durations. The Army Chaplain Corps is only at 33-percent personnel strength in terms of Catholic chaplains. Retaining Army Catholic chaplains has become increasingly important in light of Department of Defense budget cuts; moreover, retention is more cost-effective for the Army than recruitment. The purpose of this project was to offer a theological and biblical identity for military chaplaincy; provide a brief survey of recruitment programs that have been implemented, and in light of these personnel shortages, concluded with proposed suggestions beneficial for the Chaplain Corps.

Qualities and practices of effective mentors of Army chaplains

Author
Mark A Penfold
Abstract
Experiencing diverse and skilled mentor/mentee relationships is an important part of professional development for successful Army chaplains. These relationships incorporate mentors who are both military professionals and mentors who are religious leaders of integrity. Using a mixed methods approach to descriptive research, the author researched biblical and historical methods of discipleship, ministerial formation, modern research in mentoring, and surveyed chaplains about personal experiences with mentors during their early military careers. Career success and advancement often hinge on how chaplains negotiate and discover these developmental networks and relationships.

How to educate chaplain assistants for preventing suicide in the Korean Army

Author
Hyo Jin Han
Abstract
The world's highest rates of suicide and its increase are in Korea. Systematic precautions against suicide in Korea, however, are insufficient compared to other developed countries. In the Korean military, suicide is the number one cause of death, and personal and family wounds caused by suicide are a major and difficult problem. The author researched suicide prevention education for chaplain assistants so that it could be more effective. Many topics were discussed, including what chaplain assistants can strive for in terms of suicide prevention for soldiers who are living together with them in the army. The participating chaplain assistants have come to understand the seriousness of the suicide problem, know effective methods of prevention, and give a positive response that they can be more specifically and actively committed to prevent suicide.

The order of Christian military chaplains: recovering, sustaining, and strengthening the spirituality of Christian military chaplains

Author
Toby E Lofton
Abstract
This paper seeks to answer the question, "Can the development of an Order and Rule help chaplains recover, sustain, and strengthen their spirituality?" The author explores the austere working environment of military chaplains. Then he researches the Order and Rule of the Knights Templar, extrapolating the primary spiritual disciplines, to develop a modern day Order for Christian Military Chaplains. The author tests the effectiveness of the Order through a four-week study. He concludes that an Order of Christian Military Chaplains that follows a rule of discipline can help chaplains recover, sustain, and strengthen their spirituality.

A chaplain's perspective on deployment and its impact on suicide

Author
Albert L Downing
Abstract
The author researched chaplains preparing for combat deployments and the ensuing hardships, risks and dangers of deployment in combat as it relates to suicide. The author used the qualitative phenomenological research method. He used data received from brigade chaplains and assistants, as well as data from divisional reports. The results were most if not all suicides consist of at least one if not all three factors: 1) soldier facing UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) punishment for behavior; 2) soldier having relationship problems (marital divorce, breakup); 3) soldier having financial problems.

An examination of the contributing factors empowering airmen to focus on core values through core group discussions within the 86th maintenance group at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

Author
Mark B McKellen
Abstract
This research followed the USAF's view that mentoring takes place in the core group discussions between the supervisor and subordinate. One hypothesis of this research was that there was a relationship between the level of risk and the level of trust which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The second hypothesis was that there was a relationship between the level of respect and the level of leadership which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The qualitative results reveal that level of leadership has a greater impact on core group discussions than does the level of risk, trust or respect.
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