Guidelines for Effective Team Ministry in the Chaplaincy.
The following suggestions and guidelines will enable you to be an effective
team member in the chaplaincy:
Know and accept your responsibility. By both regulation and doctrine
denominational framework, to act responsibly as a team member.
Develop and expand your knowledge, through study and dialogue, of such
The basic principles and practices of other faith groups.
The basic principles and practices of team member chaplains.
can you plug into a resource you do not know exists?
The needs of those to whom the chaplain is ministering. Develop
a strategy for discovering the multifaith needs of those in your
Realize the importance of your attitude.
Recognize the diversity within the American religious life.
Recognize the uniqueness of the diversity within the military.
Recognize your own value system and the potential for value
conflict with others' systems and how you might resolve such
Appreciate what others have to offer.
Needs to respect the individual soldier and the person's beliefs
without making value judgments.
Must recognize what other chaplains can do in ministering to
What can others do that you cannot do because of
training, time, doctrinal restraints, etc.?
Develops the art of tolerance. This does not mean an acceptance
into your own belief/value system of something that you are
Rather, it is recognizing that each person
is entitled to his/her own beliefs and accepting that person as a
person without necessarily accepting the other's beliefs as one's
requires honesty with oneself and others.
Apply effective communication skills. Perhaps there is no other place
where communication can more readily break down than when there are
great differences in religious beliefs and values (except maybe with