PODCAST: Other Chaplain Specialties, Part 7 (Work of the Chaplain #72 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 72. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 which says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Mack Griffith. He said, “(Chaplains will) hold Bible studies and worship services (if they are a Christian chaplains). They have a responsibility of making sure every person has an opportunity to exercise their faith.”

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: Chapter 9 – Other Chaplain Specialties (Part 7)

— Parish Chaplains (contd.)

Typically, lay parish chaplains have received specialized training by their ecclesiastical body in the area of spiritual care—grief counseling, listening skills, stress mitigation, group facilitation, and pastoral counseling. They usually do not require endorsement from a religious body but are accountable to the senior clergy or a specific congregational committee. Their responsibilities are often dictated by the institution they serve. They may be expected to visit clients four to eight hours a week or just twice a month. Each institution or agency will specify its expectations as to time commitment, services, and locations.

The nursing home welcomed the weekly visits of the parish chaplain. She was associate pastor of a local church and often visited other patients when she visited her congregants in the home. She also provided weekly Bible studies and worship services and encouraged staff members and other personnel. She reported her activities to the church council and collaborated with the activities director of the nursing home. The multidisciplinary assessment team valued her observations of the emotional and spiritual conditions of the patients. Family members were relieved to call on her when there was no family clergy to conduct the funeral or officiate the memorial service. Parish chaplaincy was a lot like being the pastor of a multifaith church, and the nursing home was the congregation.

Parish chaplains serve in many nonprofit organizations. They may be chaplains in homeless shelters, rescue missions, halfway houses, evacuation centers, or battered women’s shelters. They minister to clients at job corps, thrift stores, and teenage hangouts. Their responsibilities are often centered on being present and available for spiritual counseling and crisis intervention. They mentor and disciple; they guide and they lead. They do spiritual assessments, provide encouragement, and often do referrals to specialized agencies or care providers. They advocate and intercede for many of the disenfranchised people in society, and in all these functions, they fill a vital need for spiritual care in the community.

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— PRAYER —

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Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.