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Course 407 - Introduction to Chaplaincy

$700.00
SKU: CVC 407

Course 407 - Introduction to Chaplaincy (3 credits)

This course is designed for people who have received a call from God or are exploring the call to Christian ministry and who may wish to explore the possibility of chaplaincy ministry, either as a full-time calling or in conjunction with other forms of ministry. The course introduces students to the contexts in which chaplains minister, the types of tasks they perform, and the challenging issues that they will face ministering in various settings outside the scope of the traditional church's ministry, such as the military, the workplace, hospitals and retirement homes, prisons, and rescue missions or homeless shelters.

In those areas where traditional ministers cannot easily go, God has raised up chaplaincy as a unique way for Christians to fulfill Jesus' words in Matthew 25:34-35:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

As the incarnate presence of God, chaplains perform specific caring ministry tasks in more than 60 venues and contexts for people marginalized from normal societal interaction by reasons of health limitations, incarceration due to violation of societal norms, or isolation for any number of reasons. One or more of these barriers apply in each major venue of chaplaincy ministry, including the industrial assembly line and the military where its members are often isolated in dangerous locales where it is impossible to receive pastoral care through traditional means. As ministry tasks are performed it is clear that God credits them to intentional ministry rather than casual, random acts of kindness.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the Biblical, legal, and historical basis for the role of a chaplain
  2. Define the role and basic tasks of a chaplain
  3. Understand how to minister as a chaplain in various institutional settings
  4. Understand how to minister as a chaplain in a pluralistic and diverse world
  5. Apply theories of human development and psychological needs to the work of a chaplain
  6. Act as a healing presence and apply the discipline of active listening
  7. Understand ethical and moral issues in chaplaincy and be capable of avoiding circumstances that compromise a chaplain’s authority.

Week 1:  Foundations of Chaplaincy
Learning Objectives:
1.    Understand the legal and historical foundations for the work of chaplaincy
2.    Understand the Biblical basis for why chaplaincy is necessary
3.    Define the role and basic tasks of a chaplain

Week 2: The Work & Authority of a Chaplain
Learning Objectives:

1.    Understand what skills are required for effective ministry as a chaplain
2.    Understand the circumstances that could compromise a chaplain's authority
3.    Be able to articulate how relationship is crucial to the work of chaplaincy
4.    Learn about how the chaplain operates under the authority of three areas: inherent, delegated, and granted.  
5.    Understand how the chaplain works in various different settings
6.    Reflect on how the work and authority of a chaplain brings healing

Week 3: Caregiving in Multi-Faith and Multi-Contextual Communities, Part I    
Learning Objectives:

1.    Understand the importance of a Christ-like mindset when dealing with faith traditions foreign from one's own
2.    Develop a diverse multi-contextual ministry framework for ministry to the nation’s largest group of people of color, Latinos, as well as African Americans
3.    Understand how to see the world from a pluralist lens
4.    Learn the difference between exclusive, fully-open, and semi-open pluralism.
5.    Learn some strategies to respond to pluralism

Week 4: Caregiving in Multi-Faith and Multi-Contextual Communities, Part II
Learning Objectives:

1.    Understand the importance of Christ-like mindset when dealing with faith traditions foreign from their own
2.    
Develop a diverse multi-contextual ministry framework for ministry to the nation’s largest group of people of color, Latinos, as well as African Americans
3.    Understand how to see the world from a pluralist lens
4.    Learn the difference between exclusive, fully-open, and semi-open pluralism.
5.    Learn some strategies to respond to pluralism

MIDTERM EXAM
    
Week 5: Chaplaincy As a Healing Presence
Learning Objectives:

1.    Learn how healing presence is the foundation for spiritual care.
2.    Learn how healing presence can enable an individual to meet their basic spiritual needs.

Week 6: Understanding  Self & Assessing Spiritual Needs of Others
Learning Objectives:

1.    Grow more aware of personal character traits and how these traits can either be helpful or damaging when providing care.
2.    Learn how to assess specific spiritual needs.
3.    Learn about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to better understand human beings.
4.    Learn about human developmental stages
5.    Grow more aware of the importance of spiritual growth for oneself and others  

Week 7: The Art of Active Listening & Probing
Learning Objectives:

1.    Learn what true listening is and is not.
2.    Learn how learning to listen can improve relationships.
3.    Learn how to listen at different levels.

Week 8: Ethics, Roles & Practice Settings for Chaplaincy
Learning Objectives:

1.    Recognize similarities and differences between chaplaincy work in the following institutional settings: hospitals, local, state, and federal prisons, college campuses, long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes and hospices), etc.
2.   Understand the pastoral needs of clients in each setting

3.   Assess each institution's strengths and weakness for ministry
4.   Be equipped to minister effectively in each unique setting

Syllabus

Course Materials & Tuition

The Work of The Chaplain, Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. Mccormack.  ISBN: 9780817014995 $12.00
The Lost Art of Listening, Michael P. Nichols. ISBN: 978-1593859862 $40.00
Pastoral Care And Counseling With Latino/as (Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling), R. Esteban Montilla. ISBN: 978-0800638207 $17.00
The Art of Listening in a Healing Way, James E. Miller. ISBN: 978-1885933355. $7.95
African American Pastoral Care: Revised Edition, Edward P. Wimberly. ISBN: 978-0687649495 $18.00
Handbook for Chaplains: Comfort My People, Mary M. Toole. ISBN: 978-0809143863 $8.95
The Art of being a Healing Presence, James E Miller and Susan Cutshall. ISBN: 978-1885933324 $8.95

Tuition
$700.00
 

Total Cost of Course

$812.85

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