Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain, Part 12

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Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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 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 13)

— Encouraging

When people experience disappointment or crisis, they often respond with fear, confusion, or anxiety. During these moments of upheaval or distress, people need encouragement. A significant demonstration of healing ministry is providing encouragement through well chosen words and specific ministry action. When all seems hopeless, the chaplain brings the assurance of hope by conveying encouragement to a soul that is despairing. People who are suffering will welcome the chaplain who calls out, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here with you.”

When people face stressful situations—death, illness, broken relationships, vocational changes, and other crises—they often feel helpless and vulnerable. In these situations, the chaplain may provide encouragement by listening, dialoguing, comforting, and clarifying that which seems so confusing. Sometimes, the chaplain may help the client reframe the event or circumstance into a less painful explanation. Helping the client take smaller steps to reach smaller goals is very encouraging. Assuring the client that fear, anger, sadness, denial, or relief are not abnormal feelings to have during times of stress is also encouraging—no one wants to feel like he or she is going “crazy.”

The chaplain provides encouragement by meeting needs, offering prayer and spiritual guidance, promoting confidence, and finding the silver lining in dark clouds. Encouragement may be consolation, comfort, reassurance, or optimism. Encouragement is not shallow cheering-up or Pollyanna devices. Encouragement is providing hope when things seem bleakest and empowering clients to move forward to spiritual, emotional, and physical healing.

New Orleans Baptist Seminary was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. None of the returning evacuees could have anticipated the devastation they found. She was standing in the middle of a darkened room—black with mold and slimy with every imaginable bacterium—weeping quietly. “There’s no hope to find anything salvageable,” she sobbed. “What will I do? I have nothing left. There’s no hope.” The chaplain held her and wept with her. After a while, together, they sorted through the debris to validate the significance of her life and the magnitude of her loss.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— 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.”

God bless.


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.

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