Ministry Tasks and Competencies for the Chaplain, Part 7
Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Luke 4:17-19 which says, “And when Jesus had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Lee Roberson. He said, “Some people have the power but not the willingness to help. Others have the willingness but not the power. God has both.”
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 7)
—Providing Spiritual Care
The chaplain often “shepherds” sheep of other religious pastures. That is, chaplains often provides spiritual ministry (what we call “pastoral ministry” in the Christian tradition) to people in and out of their own faith tradition. In a very broad way, the chaplain assists in emotional support, physical assistance, relational reconciliation, and spiritual encouragement. All of these expressions of caring ministry represent ways in which the chaplain provides spiritual care for the soul regardless of faith tradition, denomination, or lack of religion.
In fact, this function of the chaplain could be considered an umbrella that encompasses all the roles described in this chapter—minister, pastor, intercessor, healer. However, the most obvious act of spiritual care is providing help in times of need. “Help” may take the form of practical acts of kindness, or it may come in the form of “suffering with”—sitting beside the sickbed, listening to a story, or waiting for news. The chaplain seeks to care for people’s souls by making unfortunate situations more bearable by providing appropriate relief.
Retired almost twenty-five years, the only pleasure Jim had seemed to be fishing at the local dam. But arthritic fingers and weary knees no longer allowed him to dig up the night crawlers he loved to use for bait. Today, the chaplain was “checking up” on corporate retirees, and in Jim’s case, that meant providing spiritual care through delivering a can of worms.
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.