Author(s)

Russell HaleFollow

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Military Studies; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Religion, Philosophy of

Keywords

Hospital Chaplaincy, Military Chaplaincy, Navy Chaplain, Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Fitness

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Military and Veterans Studies | Practical Theology | Religion

Abstract

Through a review of the literature and personal experiences, it was found that many U.S. Navy chaplains do not see the potential opportunities and value in ministering to personnel, dependents, and retirees in a U.S. Navy hospital setting. Based on the findings of a quantitative survey sent to clinical staff, ancillary staff, Marines, and Sailors serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, this project reviews historical paradigms and present institutional perspectives and attitudes regarding the value of the chaplain ministering in a U.S. Navy hospital. Since the chaplain ministers as a member of the interdisciplinary care team, it then reviews the Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy model in a clinical setting, and the potential impact of the Navy chaplain ministering as the spiritual fitness leader in a clinical setting.

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