What Is Chaplaincy?
What is chaplaincy? Our response is: “it’s a transformational movement set outside the walls of the traditional church!” Chaplains are called to provide spiritual care through incarnational ministry of both word and deed to the distinctive communities they serve in. Our chaplains perform a full range of ministerial services, including preaching and teaching, administering sacraments, officiating weddings and funerals, spiritual direction/life coaching, and providing the ministry of presence in both crisis and everyday situations.
Chaplaincy is a growing ministry within the C&MA in Canada and we have a strong network of chaplains in the Western Canadian District. Our contingency of chaplains not only encompasses Alliance chaplains, but also chaplains from throughout Alberta. As a district network of chaplains, we provide pastoral support, leadership and advocacy, and also education and training.
On the national level we have the Association of Alliance Chaplains (AAC). For more information, learn about it here.
Areas Of Chaplaincy
Within the C&MA we have classified sections where chaplains serve in:
Chaplains working in religious and spiritual advisory services in post secondary institutions in Canada and beyond.
- Canadian Armed Forces
Supports the moral and spiritual well-being of military personnel and their families in all aspects of their lives, during conflict and peacetime.
- Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
Concerned with the holistic approach to health, well-being, and personal development with a special focus on spiritual and religious care.
- Corrections Canada
Service to offenders in federal penitentiaries across Canada.
Provides compassionate support to hurting individuals and communities. Restorative justice is one of the many concerns for community chaplains who seek to facilitate healing in relation to victims, offenders, and community.
Supports business owners by helping their management and employees experience relational, emotional, and spiritual growth, resulting in healthy individuals serving their companies, families, and communities.
- Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Rescue)
Chaplains involved in emergency situations primarily give aid, comfort, and help to firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and their families.
Gives pastoral care and a spiritual point of reference to those involved in crisis, which may include the victims of trauma, chronic and terminal illness, and their families, as well as the hospital staff members who deal with these intense situations.
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