|CHAPLAIN RESOURCE INDEX|
|— WELCOME CHAPLAIN|
|— THE ROLE OF CHAPLAIN|
|— THE MINISTRY OF CHAPLAINCY|
|— GRIEF: CARING FOR THOSE THAT HURT|
|— MINISTERING TO THE SICK|
|— PRAYING WITH A PATIENT|
|— BASIC LISTENING SKILLS|
|— WHEN GOD SHOWS UP|
|— COMMON SENSE EVANGELISM|
|— CONVERSION BY CONCUSSION|
|— STANDARDS FOR BIKER CHAPLAINS|
The Role of Chaplain
Job Description: (taken from the Black Sheep bylaws)
a. Gives prayer its proper place in chapter activities.
b. Oversees spiritual care and instruction for the local chapter.
c. Calls, emails or visits the sick and the wounded.
d. Utilizes the spiritual gifts and talents of others.
e. Maintains contact with the national chaplain.
What is a Chaplain?
by JW “Bear” Gardner
The term chaplain refers to a clergy person or layperson who has been commissioned by a faith group or an organization, e.g., Black Sheep HDFC, to provide pastoral services to an institution, organization or government entity, as well as one-on-one contacts in the public venue. Chaplaincy refers to the general activity performed by a chaplain, which may include crisis ministry, counseling, worship, prayer, weddings, funerals, education, help in ethical decision-making, hospital visitation, clergy contact, and community or church coordination.
For the purposes of Black Sheep HDFC, a chaplain is a person (1) called by God, and (2) appointed to the chaplaincy by the president of his or her local Black Sheep chapter to serve in a specialized ministry. A chaplain is different than a minister, clergy or layperson. A chaplain is one who is called upon to serve in a pluralistic environment, one that most clergies do not have to worry about. He or she is “on loan” by BSHDFC to serve a particular group of people or any individual for the purpose of service. As a regular member of BSHDFC, after God, family and church, our ministry focus is to the members of Harley Owners Group (HOG) worldwide. As a chaplain within BSHDFC, our ministry focus is whoever needs our services or friendship, period.
As chaplain’s we are representatives of the Lord God; called, anointed and appointed to be a servant to the people of God. This appointment is not only to serve those who love and follow Jesus but also to serve in the spirit of Christ. We provide pastoral care & ministry to persons of no religion, to persons of religious bodies other than ours, and we do it with the same investment we would give members of our own religious body.
A chaplain is a person who is called by God to maintain a disciplined life and ministry. As chaplains, we must constantly seek to improve our ministry. We are to be examples and demonstrate Christ-Like qualities that would cause others to see Christ within us. We must never compromise our religious beliefs or practices and must reach beyond our own understanding and seek to be effective servants of God.
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