Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
There is currently no Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries capacity development plan to clinically train pastors as chaplains in the South Ghana Conference (SGC) of the Seventh-day Adventist church. This has resulted in the absence of professional chaplains within the denomination in South Ghana.
I conducted a Chaplaincy Training and Support Program (CTSP) for 15 selected trainees at the South Ghana Church Headquarters Asoredanho-Accra. The Key area of competencies was Clinical Pastoral Education. I employed qualitative method of evaluating trainees by conducting oral and written assessments of data from trainees and ministry recipients.
As a result of the CTSP, three trainees were identified as chaplains for the hospital, two for prisons, one for the police department, three for tertiary campuses and six for basic schools. The CTSP changed trainees’ mindset of who a chaplain is and they have become ambassadors and disciples of chaplaincy in the Adventist Church in Ghana.
The CTSP equipped pastors to be chaplains and two out of the 15 trainees have enrolled in a Master’s program in Chaplaincy at Babcock University-Nigeria, and in Guidance and Counseling at the Methodist University-Accra, respectively. The CTSP lessons learned would help fine-tune subsequent possible future chaplaincy academic/competency training at the Valley View University.
Chaplains--Ghana--Training of; Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy--Training of; Ghana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Odonkor, Nathan Teye, "A Chaplaincy Training And Support Program To Equip Pastors For Ministry In The South Ghana Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church" (2017). Project Documents. 441.