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Become an Agent of Healing in Your Congregation

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Redifining Ministry and Service One Healing Encounter at a Time

SAN JOSE, Calif. - eTradeWire -- In this difficult time, we all need someone to turn to. Someone we can trust. That someone is often a clergy member. But it can get overwhelming and clergy members may need assistance in meeting the pastoral needs of their congregation. Global Ministries University can help.

The Community Chaplaincy Program is designed for any person who desires to be an agent of healing in their congregation. Community-based chaplaincy allows caring individuals to offer the gift of their skillful presence, authentic companionship, and deep compassion where there is need, hurt, or loneliness.

This training and education program is designed specifically to assist faith leaders in forming teams of congregants to work confidently, effectively, and ethically in care-giving situations where spiritual and emotional well-being is central to the task of healing. Most often these situations arise in the presence of illness, aging and dying. But they also arise in many other settings such as faith-based programs dedicated to social service and activism.

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The GMU Community Chaplaincy Program is a six-month experiential program composed of three online courses and 40 hours of supervised volunteer chaplaincy work experience. The on-line courses provide thematic content and provide the core educational curriculum for spiritual caregiving. Each course includes five three-hour Zoom sessions and three one-on-one personal supervisory sessions with the instructor. The training can either be individual or group centered.

Spiritual Caregiving is a skill that is not so much taught as it is cultivated through enhanced knowledge and refined self-awareness. Thus, the Community Chaplaincy Program offers a rich mixture of knowledge-based instruction, readings, experiential exercises, supported reflection, and group/individual consultation about specific care-giving situations.  The program is flexible and can be adapted to needs of a particular community. It inculcates peer to peer holistic care, one healing encounter at a time.

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Those completing this six-month program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Community Chaplaincy from GMU.

This Program is offered in conjunction with Pacific Institute for Essential Conversations (PIEC). PIEC is an accredited learning center for Clinical Pastoral Education.

For those who seek additional education, Global Ministries University offers additional training in Community Chaplaincy, including Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Units and interfaith spiritual care.

We encourage you to take advantage of this excellent program to help you with pastoral outreach and team building for your congregation. You can find a complete description along with faculty bios at https://www.globalministriesuniversity.org/certificate-in-community-chaplaincy/.

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