Practical Chaplaincy: Three Concentric Circles of Ministry

Explores the unique role of the Chaplain in the three concentric circles of ministry: Family, Faith Formation and Ecumenical Community. First and foremost, the chaplain must be the spiritual minister and advisor of both his / her biological family and local faith family. Second, the chaplain must function in and minister to his / her faith formation. Third, the chaplain must function in and minister to the Ecumenical communities of faith, thus bringing spiritual relevance to the greater society. The Three Concentric Circles of a chaplain’s ministry are interrelated and interdependent; this course provides the tools to function effectively in and move among all three circles.

KlingcropInstructors:  David Kling

Class meetings: Thursdays 8 PM ET 

Prerequisites: None

Required Texts: 

Buber, Martin (Trans. Ronald Gregor Smith). 2000. I and Thou (Scribner Classics). Scribner: New York

Friedman, Edwin H. 2007. A Failure of Nerve. Seabury Books: New York.

Roberts. Stephen B. 2011. Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. Woodstock, VT : Skylight Paths Pub.

Townsend, Mark. 2012. Jesus through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn

Fulfills: This is a required course for the M.Div. in Pastoral Counseling and Chaplaincy with a Chaplaincy Major and counts as an Area II course for other students.

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