LISTEN: Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain, Part 3 (Ordained Chaplains: The Work of the Chaplain #11 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Galatians 5:22-23 which says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Augustine. He said, “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain (Part 3)

— Religious Witness

Chaplains also assume the role of a religious witness to their own faith and beliefs. Although techniques and methods vary among denominations and religions, chaplains also represent their personal faith tradition to the institutions they serve. As religious pluralists, they do not initiate a religious or evangelistic conversation, but by their character and actions — their presence — they begin the relationship that might open the doors for sharing their faith message. Because Americans enjoy the right to the free exercise of religion, proselytism — intentionally trying to convert someone to one’s personal religious faith or belief system — is highly unethical. Instead, chaplains find common ground for building the relationships that build trust and encourage discovery. Being a religious pluralist is not abandoning one’s faith. Being a religious pluralist requires strength and wisdom for the chaplain who is faithful to his or her own faith and beliefs while being respectful and supportive of people whose faith traditions and practices are very different. The result of religious accommodation is peace and unity— a place where each person can experience the transcendent and the divine without compromise, resentment, or universalism. When asked, chaplains share their own spiritual pilgrimage and witness to their own faith.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.