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Being A Chaplain
Chaplaincy – a place for those who have sold out, can’t hack church ministry and don’t believe in mission?
Against the negative stereotypes, this book argues that chaplains are a valuable resource to the Church. Embedded in places as diverse as prisons, hospitals, educational establishments and the armed forces, chaplains often encounter social trends well in advance of the institutional churches. Their experiences and expertise can be very helpful for thinking about ministry, ecclesiology and the engagement with contemporary society.
The first five parts of this book gather together stories of 22 chaplains working in a wide variety of contexts and from a range of Christian churches. The final part consists of four essays on key themes: multi-faith issues; the core skills needed by a chaplain; models of chaplaincy; and tensions that can arise in the work.
This book is for chaplains, students, clergy and all those who are considering becoming a chaplain or have dealings with people in the role. It will be of considerable interest to anyone who wonders what exactly chaplains do, how and why they do it and what the churches can learn from their experiences.
An excellent and intelligent overview of chaplaincy today and tomorrow. There is a huge amount here for established chaplains, for those new to this ministry and for the whole Church.
The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield