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Chaplains' Stories of Reformed Identity

This month the Banner published a piece called Why My Reformed Identity Matters, a collection of ten stories from different CRC ministries about how our Reformed identity defines us, our ministries, and our lives. A few of our other chaplains also wrote stories about Reformed identity in their work, which we are sharing here. 

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New Faces in Chaplaincy April 2018

Here's a brief summary of our newest chaplains and the amazing ministries they are starting.

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Chaplaincy Covenant of Joint Supervision Template

A Covenant of Joint Supervision is developed by the chaplain and their calling church, and is required for chaplaincy endorsement. Chaplains may use the attached template as a starting point as they create their own Covenant of Joint Supervision.

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Application for Chaplaincy Training Support

Chaplaincy training support is available for chaplains-to-be who have a need for additional funds in order to complete Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or other specialized training. Those who have a need should fill out this application in addition to applying for chaplain endorsement.

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Chaplaincy Application: Letter of Reference

Those who apply for chaplaincy endorsement must provide three references. References should be turned in with the chaplaincy application. 

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Meet Sarah Hoogendoorn, the CRC's Newly Endorsed* Chaplain!

Sarah took a chance on an option she had never before considered (working with veterans) and discovered a "passion she didn't know existed." Find her story below! 

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Guide or Toolkit
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A Special Thanks to Our Veterans and Military Chaplains

As a church, it can be hard to know what to say to our veterans or military chaplains. But I encourage you to identify and reach out to the veterans in your congregation. This sample email may help guide you. 

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Meet the CRC's Newly Endorsed Chaplains

The Christian Reformed Office of Chaplaincy and Care is excited to introduce Adie, Jacob, Bernie, and Trent, our newly endorsed chaplains! 

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Celebrating Pioneers

During our annual Chaplaincy and Care conference, I had the honor of meeting two pioneers who courageously overcame many challenges and paved the way for my ministry as a chaplain.  

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Facilitated by Others
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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Distance Learning Collaborative

The Clinical Pastoral Education program is offered to pastors from both CRC and RCA churches in communities throughout the United States and Canada. Read more about it here.

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Memorial Day: Grieving the Death of Lives Lost Too Soon

Rather than being thanked on Memorial Day, we veterans want to join with everyone else to remember and grieve our lost friends. Here are some tips for remembering the lives lost too soon.

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Discussion Topic
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Grief This Easter: Remembering Loved Ones

How do you create space for remembering in your church or around your dinner table? If you'd like, please feel free to share the name of a loved one you are remembering this Easter.

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Is Awareness and Appreciation for Chaplains on the Rise?

Recent developments in the world of chaplaincy have encouraged a more positive image of the field. Have you observed a greater awareness of and/or appreciation for chaplains? 

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Who Sent God?

He spends two paragraphs 'guarding the meanings of words' and 'maintaining the integrity of this word,' only to goof it up by calling God a sent one? That is a very difficult proposition to swallow.

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Fall Awareness: Chaplaincy Sunday is November 20

Pray with us for the safety and effectiveness of chaplains who represent our denomination and our King in many places you would not expect: from aircraft carriers to children's hospitals and from boiler rooms to board rooms. 

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Wounded Healer

Wounded healers are strong in their weakness. Working as a hospice chaplain showed me that scars and wounds are not a hindrance to the Gospel, but rather a source of connection. 

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Ordination for Chaplaincy

As a representative of classis or as a Synodical Deputy, you are sometimes asked to arrange for, counsel, or oversee the ordination and/or placement of men and women as Ministers of the Word or Commissioned Pastors. 

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Beyond Words

I expected CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to be really difficult, and it is—but not for the reasons I expected. I anticipated emotional distress from being around critically ill people, but instead I found...

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Webinar Recording
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The Chaplain on the Spiritual Care Team

This webinar explores the topic of addressing spirituality in patient care, describes the rationale and research that justifies doing so, and examines a “spiritual care team” model.

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Ministry of Presence

“Ministry of presence” is a favorite phrase of chaplains to describe how they work — with or without words — to be the vehicle of God’s love. Some speak of this as “incarnational ministry.”

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Slogan-eering for Life

As a chaplain, I care about people in crisis and try to be particularly attentive to "the least of these." But I sense that we are no longer giving a lot of attention to the immense issue of abortion...

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Capitalizing on Chaplaincy

Chaplains intersect with individuals and families at the most critical times when life is most challenging. How can the broader church focus more attention on this important area of ministry?

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