On sabbatical and into CPE

From Jeff Brumley at Baptist News Global, writing on the fascinating career of pastor-chaplain Kanisha Billingsley:

“I am a spiritual leader regardless of the spiritual tradition,” said Billingsley, who is currently on sabbatical from her Atlanta-area church plant, Dream Life Fellowship.

Billingsley left no stone unturned in preparing herself for the call. She preached her first sermon as a teen, and later studied communications at Samford University in Birmingham. She earned master’s of divinity and master’s of theology degrees – concentrating in homiletics – from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

She also entered a clinical pastoral education program, which she completed. She currently is embarked on residency in health care chaplaincy – in her words – “for personal development.”

On chaplaincy to staff:

“Often, we don’t think of the ways in which death impacts the doctors and nurses. But we are all impacted when the result is not what we prefer. We prefer babies to be born healthy and to go home with their parents. But sometimes they are born without breath or too prematurely. I find myself navigating with staff who are struggling with compassion fatigue.”

Read more at Baptist Global News.