Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain, Part 10

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from James H. Aughey. He said, “Open your heart to sympathy, but close it against despondency. The flower which opens to receive the dew shuts against the rain.”

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 10)

— Referrals

Part of the way the chaplain often acts as intercessor is by referring people to “specialists.” When people seem to need more than four to six spiritual counseling sessions, the chaplain intercedes by making a referral to a therapist or licensed professional counselor. When someone threatens suicide or has a history of attempted suicide, the chaplain refers the client to a mental health professional. If a client is an alcoholic, the chaplain may help the client enroll in a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Chaplains advocate and intercede for people by referring them to support groups, advocacy groups, legal aid, and financial assistance. The servant attitude of the chaplaincy remembers that chaplains are not experts in all fields and in all situations. We must provide healthy intercession for people by referring them to specialists when it is necessary. Referrals are a positive intervention in spiritual care.