Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain, Part 15
Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is 1 Peter 5:1-3 which says, “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Billy Graham. He said, “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”
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 15)
— Teaching or Providing Information
In the Hebrew scriptures, the psalmist likened the loving-kindness of God to the provision of knowledge or information. Whether a person needs deliverance from captivity (addictions, codependent relationships, or unhealthy behaviors), from physical or spiritual hunger and thirst, from ignorance or immoral behavior, or from illness or death, people of many faith traditions believe that God’s word heals people.
God’s word may be scripture or prayer, but it may also be the practical information that a chaplain shares with clients who lack knowledge or information. As a healer, the chaplain is often the one who provides necessary information about how to accomplish a task, what the possible options are, who the potential resources are, or where help is available. Many people feel stronger and more able to cope with the circumstances of life when they have the information they need to deal with the situation. If “knowledge is power,” the chaplain empowers people to healthier life by providing necessary information.
Education and training prepare people for many eventualities of life. Chaplains teach and inform people about practical topics relating to emotional and spiritual health and well being. Some of these topics might include stress management, conflict resolution,
money management, premarital counseling, divorce recovery, cultural diversity, or grief and mourning. Chaplains may also be called upon to teach through leading worship or providing sacramental ministry. They may also offer scriptural instruction or classes on various religious beliefs and traditions. Chaplains also may be required to teach student chaplains and interested laity about the many aspects of chaplaincy and spiritual care ministry.
The department had suffered public humiliation and outrage when the media reported that the arsonist was a member of the city fire department. Even worse, two firefighters had died in the recent blaze. After a structured crisis intervention process that included peer support, catharsis, and information about stress responses and stress management, a firefighter commented, “Man, thanks, Chaplain. I thought I was losing it when I kept having nightmares and couldn’t eat or do anything right. I thought I was going crazy.”
Critical moments in people’s lives are times of confusion and distress. Things seem uncontrollable and unmanageable. People have a desperate need to “take control of the situation.” When chaplains provide necessary information, clarify confusion, and teach practical skills, they help people begin to control at least one small part of their out-of-control life.
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.