LISTEN: Industrial and Workplace Chaplaincy, Part 1 (Work of the Chaplain Podcast #38 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)
Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Hebrews 12:14 which says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Martin Luther King, Jr. He said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.
Our topic today is: Industrial and Workplace Chaplaincy (Part 1)
Industrial and workplace chaplaincy has a long and meaningful history in the United States. In the 1640s, it was being implemented by the Massachusetts Bay Colony for employees who were required to work on Sundays. Since then, chaplains have served tobacco companies, trucking firms, food processing plants, auto manufacturers, beverage bottlers, computer corporations, and the media. By the 1980s professional organizations were being formed with the express intent of finding positions for workplace chaplains. The workplace chaplain may serve in various settings, providing the benefits of spiritual care ministry to people of many professions and occupations. Most people spend more hours at their workplace than in any other single location. It seems reasonable then, that when people face crises or significant changes in their lives, their work will be directly impacted. Distress and emotional upheaval affect concentration, productivity, or working relationships. Some unique issues workplace chaplains may face include layoffs, restructuring, buy-outs and mergers, retirements, downsizing, and difficult deadlines. They may deal with changes in supervisors or management, revisions to mission statements, policies, and procedures, updates in technology and equipment, and shifts in the economy, which influence organizational targets and goals. Chaplains also deal with conflict resolution, cultural and religious accommodation, and even workplace ethics.
Workplace chaplains provide spiritual care for employees during working hours and, when necessary, during off hours too. People seldom compartmentalize their problems. Work problems are taken home, and domestic problems are taken to work. The chaplain has a valuable role to play in helping workers to defuse before they go home—or to vent personal concerns before attempting to return attention to the job. The workplace inevitably benefits when employees are valued as human beings, not just “bottom line” producers. Work relationships become more cooperative, and employers see a decrease in absenteeism and health claims as well as a general increase in workers’ spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. There are benefits at home also, where families are less affected by workplace stress if an employee lets off professional steam before getting on the train or in the car to go home.
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.