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Transition from Pastor to Hospital Chaplain

PCA TEACHING ELDER TELLS OF HIS TRANSITION FROM PULPIT PASTOR TO HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN: “I Just wanted to send a quick update and let you know that I am approaching the end of my first month of my internship at the Methodist Hospital.  Things are going well as we started visiting patients two weeks ago.  Challenging to say the least.  Being more conservative than just about everyone in the group has been interesting.  In some ways it has been good as I seek common ground with those I’m working with.  I must remember that God calls me to show the love of Christ to those around me, believers and non-believers.  I have been meditating on what Common Grace looks like for me as I minister in an environment that is not always Christian.  I actually am enjoying this opportunity as it allows me to be challenged in my faith in ways that I have not been challenged before.  Working in a church always kept me under the umbrella of Christian Ministry where I could be in control of what happens. I was safe.  Now I’m in a ministry where I am reaching out and working in an environment that is not necessarily Christian. My other fellow chaplains do not necessarily share the same beliefs that I have.  How do I love them?  How do I reach out to  them?  Jesus reached out to unbelievers and loved them whether they believed or didn’t believe.  God so loved the world that He gave…. I think that is where I am at.  I see myself as sharing (giving) the love of Christ in the hope that they may see Him and by God’s grace the Holy Spirit might draw them to Himself.”  If you think the Lord might be calling you to either a volunteer or paid Civilian Chaplain position, please let us know at ChaplainMinistries@pcanet.org

Updated on May 3, 2021

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