Churches may provide these inserts for their congregations as they participate in Chaplaincy and Care Sunday. They provide information on what chaplains do, where they work, and how they can be supported.
I had the privilege of taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. At the conclusion of our time together, each of us students wrote a "final evaluation". Here are some excerpts from mine.
Gordon first met John a few months ago, when John was dying of cancer. John was a crusty and profane old man, a veteran and a recovering alcoholic, uninterested in God or religion. As a hospice chaplain, Gordon often met patients like John, and most of the time they wanted nothing to do with chaplains. John was different, though.
This was my first conference (I started working in the Chaplaincy and Care Ministry office five months ago), and I had not met any of our chaplains, but even so this conference felt like coming home.
I’m more comfortable with answers than questions, authority than weakness, and qualification by academic degree than qualification by suffering. But I’m learning that effectiveness in chaplaincy requires me to walk into the circle of my discomfort.
Ecclesiastical endorsement is crucial for chaplains as it provides certification and ministry supervision required by most employers. This document encompasses why endorsement is necessary, how it can be achieved, and how it benefits chaplains' ministries.
Chaplaincy and Care Ministry provides ecclesiastical endorsement for chaplains through assessment, training, and supervision of chaplains’ ministries. This document entails the required steps to achieve endorsement through the Christian Reformed Church.
A Covenant of Joint Supervision is an agreement between a chaplain and their calling church which ensures that chaplains are recognized as ministers and pastors, are supported as persons ordained by the church, and are a genuine extension of the church's ministry.
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.