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THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHAPLAINCY IN YOUR DIVISION

Basic Objectives and Tasks

Martin W. Feldbush, D.Min., BCC

Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries


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Caring for first things first!

  • Hotel Romantica,

    taking care of

    relationships!


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The basics of relationships…

  • In a picturesque village called Zermatt,

    in valley at the

    base of the

    great mountain,

    the Matterhorn.


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The basics of caring…

  • St. Peter’s

    Church – caring

    enough to be

    where the people

    are…in the

    mountains of

    Switzerland.


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Another look at basics…

  • Annapolis, Maryland - Sailing capitol of the United States…


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METAPHOR FOR THE TASK: Sailing the ship…

  • Learning to sail at

    Annapolis Sailing

    School:

    -Read the wind

    -Set the sail

    -Steer the boat



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DEVELOPING CHAPLAINCY – Five basic objectives…

  • ACM emphasis on building chaplains, notprograms. 1997/2001/2006 world advisories. Chaplains who are:

    • Committed to Christ and church

    • Involved in the ministry of the church

    • Professionally competent

    • Involved in a supportive network

    • Supported and resourced by church


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DEVELOPING CHAPLAINCY – Five basic action steps…

Creating a system to accomplish give interlocking tasks:

  • Find the right people.

  • Train them for ministry.

  • Validate their ministry.

  • Send them forth to serve.

  • Support them and insist on accountability.


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1. FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Educate people about chaplaincy, recruit and screen:

  • Educate prospective ministers about chaplaincy, beginning at secondary level, as youth are examining the possibility of a lifework in ministry.

    -Job fairs, career guidance, etc.

  • Educate theology students about chaplaincy, at both college and graduate

    levels.

    -In college and seminary, introductory courses and pastoral practica

  • Educate church leaders and members and institutional leaders about chaplaincy as a pastoral career.

    -Articles and stories

    -Use chaplains as resource persons

  • Evaluate prospective candidates regarding their commitment to Christ and the church; personal spiritual life and maturity, spiritual gifts, etc..


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2. TRAIN THEM FOR MINISTRY

Classic pastoral training model adapted for training for specialized

ministry:

  • THEOLOGICAL TRAINING

    -College level ministry course is foundational

    -Graduate level theology degree is for specialized training.

    Advanced work as per local and regional norms. Chaplaincy training tracks – degrees, certificates (Griggs University)

  • PASTORAL FORMATION

    -College and graduate level practica

    -Clinical Pastoral Education, etc.

    -Mentoring from experienced pastors and chaplains

  • SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL GROWTH

    -Spiritual formation and guidance

    -A relationship with Christ and a pastor’s heart

  • PASTORAL CONTINUING EDUCATION


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2. TRAIN THEM FOR MINISTRY, Continued

  • Education for chaplaincy a complete process

    • Theological (why)

    • Formational (how)

    • Personal (who)

  • What makes a good chaplain?

    • Spiritual gifts (Holy Spirit)

    • Education (complete process)

    • Pastoral field experience

    • Mentoring

    • Spiritual and personal growth – a pastor’s heart


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2. TRAIN THEM FOR MINISTRY, Continued

  • Why is a trained chaplaincy necessary?

    • Institutions as “closed” institutions

      • Vocabulary, dress code, training, initiation, accreditation, government regulations, etc.

      • Incarnational ministry

    • Chaplaincy as a profession…

      • When an occupation becomes a profession

      • Global developments

        • APC, ACPE, Etc.

        • CAPPE

        • ACPESA

        • Vellore

        • IAPC – meetings in Bangalore

        • Asia – Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, etc.

          .


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3. VALIDATE THEIR MINISTRY

1. Ecclesiastical endorsement – to verify ministerial standing, preparation for specialized ministry and accountability.

2. Professional certification – where available and meeting or exceeding community standards.


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4. SEND THEM FORTHTO SERVE

  • Know mission of the church and how chaplaincy will contribute.

    -What are current mission needs of the church?

    -Will this placement be of strategic benefit to the church?

    -What expectations will be placed on this chaplain regarding church mission?

    -How will this chaplain’s contribution to the mission of the church be evaluated?

    -Understand Ellen G. White’s counsel regarding criteria for success of ministry in institutional settings.

  • Understand employing organizations and relevant government agencies

    -Public laws and policies pertaining to chaplaincy.

    -Standards, entry requirements, policies and processes of employing organizations.

    -How to access the system – who are the gatekeepers?

    -Mission of the organization and how chaplaincy contributes

    -System of remuneration and benefits, retirement, promotions, moves, assignments, training, etc.

    -Maintain a chaplaincy job banki


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4. SEND THEM FORTH TO SERVE, Continued

  • Understand the various chaplaincies

    -Job description and requirements of the work?

    -Does this chaplain “fit?”

    -Characteristics of successful chaplains in that field of work?

    -What are the demands – time, stressors, family issues?

  • Sending forth ceremony

    -To “send forth” chaplains into specialized settings for the church.


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5. SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Have a clear plan to support your chaplain and ensure accountability

    -Regular contact by/with church leaders

    -Regular field support from endorser.

    -*Professional/personal development plan

    -Literature and resources

    -Periodic required reports

  • Have clear policy and procedures

    -Ecclesiastical endorsement

    -Career track concept

    -Service credit and retirement issues

    -Equity on pay scale

    -Benefits – medical, tuition assistance, etc.

    -Deployment and job assurance


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5. SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, Cont.

  • Develop peer support and communication network

    -Chaplain associations (1st question – who else does this ministry?)

    -Annual conferences

    -Chaplain newsletter

  • Have a system of accountability

    -Periodic reports

    -No professional secrets policy

    -Theological and lifestyle compatibility

  • Develop funding sources and resource accounts for chaplains

    -ACM Offering

    -Annual literature accounts

    -Creation of materials for ministry needs


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THE BASICS – Five things…

  • Find the right people

  • Train them for ministry

  • Validate their ministry

  • Send them forth to serve

  • Support them and insist on accountability


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THE BASICS GROW A SOLID PROGRAM…

  • How do we begin? Where do we start?

  • Where do we go from here?

    Remember the principle of growth…

    Seed + right conditions = Growth (by increments!)


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BUILDING CHAPLAINS, NOT PROGRAMS…

  • ACM leaders are

    mentor and chaplains

    to chaplains.

  • In Greek mythology,

    when Odysseus left

    for the Trojan Wars,

    he left Mentor in charge

    of Telemachus, his son.

In Greek mythology, Mentor (sometimes

In Greek mythology, Mentor (sometimes


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…and, chaplains to chaplains!

  • ACM leaders are

    mentors – trusted

    friends, counselors

    and teachers, who

    are also chaplains

    to chaplains!


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