Industrial and Workplace Chaplaincy, Part 5
Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Romans 15:3 which says, “For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Richard Hooker. He said, “There will come a time when three words, uttered with charity and meekness, shall receive a far more blessed reward than three thousand volumes written with disdainful sharpness of wit.”
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: Industrial and Workplace Chaplaincy (Part 5)
— Ministry Tasks
Workplace chaplains provide many services to their clients—employees and the institution. Some of these services are typical in most chaplain settings. Other services performed by workplace chaplains offer more unique opportunities for ministry. Chaplains may assist with employee orientations or even help the company president or CEO with drafting special communications such as a “letter of condolence” or a “letter of concern.” Chaplains may also serve as the company “expert” or consultant on matters of religion, morality, ethics, morale, and accommodation as these issues affect the company or the employee.
Homestate Industries operates seven days a week. Several Muslim employees were labeled “troublemakers” and “lazy” by their peers because they seemed to take more frequent and longer breaks than other employees. Management asked the company chaplain to intervene. After an open discussion with the Muslim employees, the chaplain was able to facilitate a communication with company management that led to religious accommodations which also reconciled the other employees. Muslim employees were allowed to take their breaks (of the same duration as everyone else) to coincide with their required prayer times, and a room closer to the main plant was provided so they didn’t have to walk as far to participate in their prayers.
In some businesses—especially manufacturing plants and construction companies—chaplains lead or serve on a “death notification team” in the event of an employee death while on the job. The workplace also presents the chaplain with many opportunities to represent the “personal touch” side of the company to clients and customers when the presence of a company chaplain might be appropriate (e.g., death of a client or a client’s family member, accident, community disaster). In some companies, the chaplain also contributes written materials specifically tailored for company circumstances—articles for the company newsletter or self-help materials to address specific needs (e.g., stress management, grief and mourning, divorce recovery, anger management).
Overall, industrial and workplace chaplaincy provides continuity for people’s lives. It facilitates mental, physical, and emotional well-being as a priority for living and working. When employees and institutions face crises or difficult circumstances, workplace chaplains are available and present to provide onsite support through confidential listening and caring encouragement. Whether an employee requests the services of the chaplain or whether the chaplain informally visits the employee at his or her work site, trusting relationships form and lives are enriched through caring interventions. The workplace chaplain brings spirituality, not religion, to the workplace—the opportunity to look inward, to clarify and live out values and beliefs in an appropriate manner while celebrating life and finding joy in work.
If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
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.”
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 Amazon.com 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.