Understanding Your Calling
No matter their profession, people who serve others with a sense of direction, focus, passion and the sense that “this is what they were made for” have certainly been “called” to that work. So, how do you discern a call to ministry as a vocation?
The first step in discerning a call to vocational ministry is experiencing a personal relationship with God in such a powerful way that you can connect, through your faith, to a deep sense of direction and focus for your ministry as one who reminds others of God’s presence in their lives.
Many faith traditions guide people in reminding others of God’s presence in their lives as Christians are called to live in service as Christ lived. It’s the focus that defines a ministerial call and subsequently makes sacrifices to provide spiritual leadership for people in one’s community that is unique for ministers.
What Do Chaplains Do?
The sacred work of a chaplain can change from day to day based on the needs of the people being served. Chaplains provide spiritual care as facilitators of faith by giving devotionals and chapel services, performing baptisms and baby dedications, providing religious counsel and performing religious rituals, facilitating interfaith care and leading worship for any faith.
As skilled counselors, chaplains provide emotional support through active listening, grief support, crisis response, team care, ethics consultation, emotional care, meaning-making facilitation, stress support and more.
Chaplains also serve as critical players in patient advocacy by helping them with advance directives, life-review research and emergency situations, such as code-blue response, crisis response and critical incident debriefing.