Soldiers of Christ – An Ecumenical Ministry
(Jail/Prison, Veterans, and Elderly)
adjective \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl, -kyü-\
: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches
Full Definition of ECUMENICAL
1: worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
2a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches
b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation
Our Mission is to be a Friend in need/A spiritual guide to a better way of Life in Christ Jesus!
A Biblical Paradigm of Chaplaincy
The Chaplain as Priest:
► The chaplain directs the worship of the people under his care, planning and leading public services or activities.
► The chaplain provides care through the power of deep and private communion as he leads persons in receiving bread and wine, anointing, reconciliation, laying of hands, baptism or marriage.
► The chaplain incorporates all expressions of worship into his ministry including singing or other music, readings, play, dance, drama and art.
► The chaplain models that praying is the indispensable foundation for receiving the care that only God can provide.
► The chaplain respects and ministers to the private and confidential layer of persons who desire it, including their deepest longings, secret sins and private fears so that complete its work in them.
► The chaplain, as a representative of God, faithfully accompanies people as they begin or continue their spiritual journey.
The Chaplain as Prophet:
► The chaplain acts as a prophet as he speaks clearly on moral, ethical and spiritual issues.
► The chaplain acts as a prophet as he exercises pastoral authority to empower all people and offer a voice for those who are at risk of being neglected by the establishment.
► The chaplain also reconciles believers and communities of faith as they listen, mediate differences and clarify commitments.
► The chaplain as a prophet calls people back to God and to their commitments with their Creator and Redeemer.
The Chaplain as Wise-Counselor:
► The chaplain functions as a wise-counselor as he offers ethical clarification and counsel concerning issues of the Christian life and personal conduct.
► The chaplain motivates and facilitates people to exercise faith and to make decisions that will enable them to grow toward their own spiritual maturity.
► The chaplain assists in the process of empowering self-defeating people to become free and responsible for their own actions.
► The chaplain reaches out to victims who bear the marks of pain: the dispossessed, lonely, alienated, unwanted, rejected, abused and discriminated against, and so on, to serve them and to enable them to grow from and through their pain.
► The chaplain listens attentively to nonverbal and verbal communication.
► The chaplain will listen for hidden conflicts, unspoken desires, unspeakable fears, and faint hopes. he or she will communicate acceptance and nonjudgmental care in response to all self-disclosures of persons.
► The chaplain attentively and responsively listens to people’s life stories as they connect their lives to God through the remembering process.