The role of Chaplain has increasing importance in contemporary western culture. In a society that recognizes the value of spirituality, but resists many traditional religious expressions, Chaplains are privileged to respond to the spiritual care needs of human beings who would otherwise remain isolated from this care. This course will explore the phenomena of Chaplaincy in contemporary society in an effort to help students meet the spiritual care needs of those in non-traditional (i.e. non-religious) settings. We will: (1) discover the biblical and theological foundations for the role of Chaplain; (2) consider how to meet spiritual care needs in non-religious contexts; and (3) pursue practices that will help sustain those who fill the role of Chaplain. Drawing on pastoral and spiritual theology, students will discover how to fulfill the vocation of chaplain with an ever-increasing competence and spiritual sensitivity. From sports teams to hospices to the military, Chaplains are an important part of holistic care today. Following the biblical the theological contours of chaplaincy, this course will root the work of the chaplain as an extension of the life and mission of the local church.
- To expand the students biblical, theological, and practical understanding of Chaplaincy.
- To discover skills, strategies, and theological perspectives that will aid students in providing effective spiritual care in non-religious contexts.
- To explore spiritual and theological resources which will help to root chaplaincy as an expression of the mission of the local church.
- To help students discern their vocation, giftedness, and aptitude as it relates to vocation of Chaplaincy.
- To enable students to identify their “creative response” when confronted with situations of human brokenness and longing.
- To encourage students to root their vocation as chaplain in the life and mission of the local church.
- To enable students to assess, plan, and deliver effective spiritual care in non-religious contexts.
- To help students to theological reflect on situations of care in order to better understand God, themselves, and those they are caring for.
- To guide students to spiritual practices that will sustain them through the joys and
challenges found in the vocation of Chaplaincy.