When the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab launched its Field Guide series in the fall of 2020, we realized that we were making many assumptions about what interested individuals already knew about chaplaincy and spiritual care. More directly, we realized we needed to provide a beginner’s guide to the field, which wouldn’t require someone to know all the ins and outs of degree programs, field training, endorsement, and more. Directly from that learning experience comes this Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Care.
There is no single definition of a chaplain or spiritual care provider and no single path for entering the work. This guide is intended to suggest places to start and to guide you. The eBook also suggests questions for you to consider and possible paths forward.