Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Master of Chaplaincy Studies
Below is my end paper for my course
While ministering and serving others the chaplain may use many resources. It is advised that they have a study to use for devotionals. This should be a place for the chaplain to keep up on current events and studies to use when counseling a person. It should also have shelves and reference books. Music can be used in the study for worship purposes. The study should have good lighting and comfortable chair. It will have a computer. When out visiting the chaplain should have a portable tool kit with them. My book bag includes tissues, a compact bible, my i-phone, business cards, notepad and pen, gum, antibacterial sanitizer, and correspondence supplies. The most important tool to have with you always a Chaplain is prayer. While the resources chaplains use are important more important are the God given talents.
There are many skills that chaplains need to have in order to be successful in their ministry. The most important skill they can have is listening skills. Chaplains need to be able to active listen to the counselee. Active listening involves going into session without preconceived notions or bias. The chaplain should be aware of the persons tone, emotions, inflection, and speed of conversations. It is a skill that requires concentration and the ability to feedback to the person what they have said as well as what impact it has. Not every conversation a chaplain has will require action of the chaplain. There are times when listening is enough. There may be times a chaplain is asked something outside of spiritual matters such as health matters, psychological, financial or legal issues. The best way to stay out of trouble is being honest and referring them to a specialist in that area. Listening is a key skill that helps the chaplain gain the persons trust. Another skill that is important to chaplaincy is empathy. The chaplain must be able to empathize with people about their current situation. They must also be good observers (or people watchers) as I like to call them. They must be able to see warning signs that a person has a need. These are just a few skills necessary when becoming a chaplain.
Besides skill the chaplain will have to meet certain religious and educational qualifications. The religious qualifications are based on biblical principals found in verses such as Matthew chapter seven versus twenty or first Timothy or Titus. These verses speak of the call which is noted by outward actions of the one receiving the call. They will also met character qualifications of faithfulness, have a good character testimony, be sound in doctrine (their own beliefs and other religions) and able to teach. I am a member of the Church of the Nazarene and they requirements to become a chaplain are as follows "Those interested in full-time hospital chaplaincy must complete the full course of study prescribed for their ordination orders. They must be ordained deacons or elders in the Church of the Nazarene, complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and obtain ecclesiastical endorsement from Chaplaincy Services. Those seeking ecclesiastical endorsement or registration with the Church of the Nazarene to work in Hospice or in a part-time or volunteer capacity, should contact Chaplaincy Services for more additional information." These qualifications are necessary to make sure the chaplains ministry is the best it can be and is effective in helping people they are caring for. The work of a chaplain is a true calling from God and is very demanding but rewarding work.
This above paper is what I learned during my Master of Chaplaincy studies. I learned the history of chaplains as well as their roles and what skills are necessary to be a successful chaplain. I liked how the course had me actively research different types of chaplains and requirements for what I am trying to do specifically within my denomination. I do not see any areas where this course could be improved. What I plan to take away from this course is how to apply my gifts that God has given to me with the knowledge this course has given me to be a successful chaplain in a hospital setting.
Rev. Crystal Curasi