December 19, 2018

Educating Effective Chaplains

A quarter of theological schools currently offer chaplaincy specific training and degrees, and the work of chaplains – increasingly called spiritual care providers – is expanding in a range of settings. This project focuses on three tasks critical for preparing professional chaplains for effective ministry. First, the project synthesizes current scholarship and practitioner expertise about the nature of effective chaplaincy and evaluates the extent to which theological schools can and should support the development of effective chaplains. Second, the project identifies specific skills and competences required for chaplaincy, both universally and in specific sectors (i.e. the military, healthcare, prisons, etc.), and analyzes how theological education currently supports the development of those skills and competencies. Third, the project supports theological educators in strengthening their scholarship, their curricula, and their partnerships with clinical educators to better train future generations of chaplains in light of broader changes in American religious demographics.

A partnership between

Project Contributors

Elisa Goldberg, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Barbara McClure, Brite Divinity School
Jan McCormack, Denver Seminary
Zachary Moon, Chicago Theological Seminary
Bill Payne, Ashland Theological Seminary
Rochelle Robins, Academy for Jewish Religion
Judith Schwanz, Nazareth Theological Seminary
Munir Shaikh, Bayan Claremont
Danielle Tumminio, Seminary of the Southwest
Timur Yaskaev, Hartford Seminary

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