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A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy

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Chaplaincy is a rapidly growing ministry, but one that has been the centre of little theological discussion. Focusing on understanding what chaplaincy is and how it is exercised in different contexts, this book intends to support the work of chaplains by providing a theological examination of their ministry.

The chapters in this book discuss how the work of chaplains outside the structures of the Church and yet frequently carried out by ministers authorized by the Church relates to some of the key questions of how the Church understands itself in relation to the world (i.e. institutions and structures that are not part of the church), whether or not the chaplains should engage in converting non-Christians to Christianity, and how chaplaincy is carried out both from within Christianity and in a multi-faith environment.

This book explores the role of chaplains and the benefits of chaplaincy as a form of ministry as well as an examination of the personal characteristics and disposition best suited to serving as a chaplain. Chaplaincy and Christian Theology considers the nature of chaplaincy in public spaces and the implications of Christian theology within this ministry. Essential reading for chaplains, students of theology, and anyone involved in Christian ministry and Christian theology.
  • Published: Sep 21 2017
  • Pages: 176
  • 215 x 167mm
  • ISBN: 9781785920905
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Press Reviews

  • Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Professor of Practical Theology, University of Chester

    This excellent and varied collection of essays confirms chaplaincy studies' place at the vanguard of practical and public theology. In affirming the mission of God as beginning in the world beyond the church, it challenges us, in turn, to become a more worldly church through the practices of discernment, participation and witness.
  • The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

    With the massive changes going on currently in the Public Sector, Churches, along with our colleagues in the Voluntary Sector, are being looked to as partners in ways we have not known for decades. In Chaplaincy we have models to help us do this effectively but all too often a lack of theological reflection on its guiding principles has left us diminished. These essays help to fill that gap and I warmly commend them.
  • David F. Ford, OBE Regius, Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge

    This book offers helpful ideas, models, images, and experiences to think with, and it has the capacity to inspire ministries of meaning and practical action in diverse settings of our complex society.
  • Sally Nash, Director Midlands Institute for Children, Youth and Mission, Nottingham, UK.

    International Journal of Children’s Spirituality
    This book will be of interest to chaplains who want to explore or deepen their theological understanding of chaplaincy and offers some useful material to discuss and debate in and across teams to tease out different understandings. Having an edited book offers a range of perspectives and understanding of the discipline of chaplaincy which will enrich the sector and make a significant contribution to the growing literature in the field.