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. We currently have over 60 chaplains in our greater Alberta network!
District Chaplaincy Lead Team
Ralph Magnus – Spiritual Care Manager with Covenant Health Alberta
Kris Knutson – Director of Programs with The Mustard Seed Edmonton
Jill Burt – Corporate Chaplain with Christenson Communities
Cyril Gowler – Corporate Chaplain with All Weather Windows Ltd.
Coach for Chaplaincy
Don Neufeld – Church Effectiveness Coach
NEW THIS MONTH (JAN 2018) Love Yellowknife Project
Article on Sports Chaplaincy featuring Rodd Sawatzky
Article on SAIT Chaplaincy Program featuring Daniel Love
Article on Jonathan Moll’s journey of entering someone’s sacred space
Fall 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Albert Kwan
Summer 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Steeve Arseneau
Winter 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Sports Chaplaincy
Share Your Chaplaincy Story
Please CLICK HERE to share your story, highlight the works of a chaplain or encourage each other in ministry.
District Prayer Retreat 2017 – 20 of us gathered and shared a meal together to celebrate our growing community.
Chaplains Retreat 2017 – Camp Caroline was an ideal location for our retreat from May 1-3. The group were blessed with sessions featuring Doug Balzer on “Personal Renewal” and Michelle Nieviadomy with an “Interactive Blanket Exercise” about Indigenous People.
On the national level we have the Association of Alliance Chaplains (AAC).
For more information, learn about it here.