SCENARIO NUMBER SIX:
Your brigade chaplain section is comprised of four chaplains. The brigade
chaplain is a Protestant and the three battalions are represented by one
Roman Catholic priest, one Rabbi, and one Protestant chaplain.
Each chaplain is well gifted, highly competent, and anxious to build an
efficient chaplain team.
However, inexperience seems to be the problem.
The brigade chaplain is a junior major in his first supervisory role and
seems unsure as to what steps to take. The three battalion chaplains are
recent graduates of the Chaplain's Officers Basic Course (CHOBC) and are in
the process of learning to do ministry in the Army.
What steps can you take to make your chaplain section a highly functional
ministry team? What supervisor "styles" would the chaplain manifest? What
are your responsibilities? Devise a plan of attack.
In this part of the lesson you have seen how extremely important teamwork
and collegiality are in working together as chaplains (and UMTs) to provide
ministry to the varied distinct faith groups represented among our soldiers.
We focused on the building of relationships as a key factor to enhance team
As an aside, you have seen how and why the building of
relationships might be difficult but is nonetheless important.
discussion covered some guidelines for effective team ministry in the
Basically, it is your responsibility to build relationships.
utilization of teamwork and ministry will be magnified and strengthened when
knowledge, attitudes and skills work together to produce positive teamwork.
The result is a greater ministry to a larger number of soldiers and family
members. We will now move to ministering to other chaplains.
PART B - MINISTRY TO OURSELVES BY DEALING
EFFECTIVELY WITH STRESS
This part will discuss the responsibilities you have to preserve your
spiritual and personal well-being. Your doing so recognizes the fact that
you cannot take care of others well if you do not take care of yourself.
You learn the skills of taking care of other by first taking care of
Further, care of others is enhanced by, and may be in proportion to, your
own physical, emotional and spiritual strength.
A good analogy would be:
our lives are like prisms. We pass on or influence the light we ourselves
As we are strong, we can pass that strength on to others. The
Bible tells us (in Leviticus 19:18 and Mark 12:30) that we are to love our
neighbors AS OURSELVES. . .we are not to neglect either!