Project Documents

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Moses Taiwo

Second Advisor

Orville Browne

Third Advisor

Vaughan Grant

Abstract

Problem

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.

Method

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.

Subject Area

Chaplains--Ghana--Training of; Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy--Training of; Ghana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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