Book Note: Foundations of Chaplaincy

Book Cover: Foundations of Chaplaincy“Chaplaincy is one of the most interesting and innovative forms of ministry. It finds its roots within the established church, but takes the ministry of care, compassion, and presence into the world in a diversity of healing ways. But what exactly is chaplaincy? What do chaplains do? Why should anyone care? In this interesting and timely book Alan Baker lays out the essence of the tasks of chaplaincy in a way that is clear, accessible, and open to a broad range of people inside and outside of faith communities. Anyone who wants to know about and understand the importance of chaplaincy should read this book.”

An approachable overview of the nature, purpose, and functional roles of chaplaincy 

Chaplaincy is unlike any other kind of ministry. It involves working outside a church, without a congregation, usually in a secular organization. It requires ministering to those with starkly different religious convictions, many of whom may never enter a house of worship. It is, as Alan Baker writes, “ministry in motion.” Those who are embarking upon this unique and specialized call deserve equally unique and specialized guidance, and Foundations of Chaplaincy offers exactly that. 

Baker surveys the biblical and theological foundations of chaplaincy before enumerating four specific responsibilities and skills that define chaplaincy’s “ministry of presence”: providing, facilitating, caring, and advising. Baker’s thorough guidance on these matters is supplemented in sidebars with practical advice and anecdotes from over thirty chaplains currently serving in a variety of settings and organizations. 

Chaplains who serve in healthcare, the military, correctional institutions, police and fire departments, sports teams, college campuses, and corporations have essential roles to play in their respective organizations, but theirs is rarely an easy calling. With Foundations of Chaplaincy as an introduction and an ongoing reference, those called to this important vocation may be assured of having the tools they need to cultivate a strong, mission-driven pastoral identity rooted in their own theological tradition while simultaneously participating in a multi-faith team.

Table of Contents

1. The Foundations of Chaplaincy
The Call to Ministry and the Call of Chaplaincy
Biblical Basis for Chaplaincy
Characteristics, Advantages, and Challenges of Institutional Ministry
Five Ministry Tasks and Competencies
Four Chaplain Functional Capabilities
2. The Chaplain as Provider
Definition of Provide and Perform
Incarnational Ministry and the Center Set
Tribes and the Context of Ministry for Chaplains
Institutional Duality of Chaplaincy
Ecclesiastical Environment in the Institution
3. The Chaplain as Facilitator
Definition of Facilitate and Facilitation
Religious Accommodation
The Constitutional Foundation for Governmental Chaplaincy
Cooperative Pluralism and Practice of Access
4. The Chaplain as Caregiver
Definition of Care and Caregiving
Pastoral Counseling in Chaplaincy
Eight Quick Counseling Questions
Special Counseling Observations
Cognitive Focused Counseling and Distorted Thinking
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Confidentiality and Privileged Communication
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
5. The Chaplain as Adviser
Prophetic Voice of Chaplain to the Institution
Definition of Advisement and Adviser
Public Prayer: Worship Service and Civic Ceremony
6. Bringing It All Together
Final Thoughts
Organizations and Settings Typically Served by Chaplains
Scenarios and Case Studies
Sample Clinical Pastoral Education Verbatim
Checklist for New Chaplains: Moving from Parish Ministry to Chaplaincy
Helping Churches and Employers Understand the Difference between Chaplains and Pastors

Foundations of Chaplaincy
A Practical Guide
Alan T. Baker
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/18/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7749-9
Price: $ 24.99
280 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
Order at Eerdmans


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