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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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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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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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Veterans Day - A Chaplain's Perspective

I’ve spent four years in the Army as a Chaplain, and 19 of those months I’ve been deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Many with whom I serve have seen combat all over; Panama, Bosnia, Iraq (the first and second time), as well as Afghanistan. I know several who have six or more deployments in their careers. 

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What's the best way for an Army Chaplain to stay connected to their sponsoring church?

I have been thinking for the past couple of years now, about how connected I feel to my local church. I am an Army Chaplain, so I am geographically removed from my sponsoring Church. In some ways, this has led to a sense of disconnection. It places a burden on my heart to stay connected with the families that I love, yet I struggle with the best way to do that. So far, connection has consisted of sending in the occasional prayer request or update when something is changing and submitting my annual report and having a telephone conference with the board. Duty and Deployment messed up my...
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What are the requirements for becoming a Chaplain?

I have been inquiring about becoming a Chaplin through my local church, BCRC (Bradenton Christian Reformed Church). I am a member of a local motorcycle club who is in need of a club Chaplin. I feel this would be an incredible opportunity to minister to a fairly large group of folks who are for the most part un-churched. I haven’t so far be given any real direction or answers as far as the what and how’s are concerned. Is there anyone here who can help me find the right path or give me some information?
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