PODCAST: Keeping the Chaplain Accountable, Part 2 (Work of the Chaplain #74 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 74. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is Hebrews 10:24-25 which says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Tim Challies. He said, “We need accountability. Left to our own devices, we will soon devise or succumb to all kinds of evil. As Christians we know that we need other believers to hold us accountable to the standards of Scripture. Passages such as Ecclesiastes 4:12 remind us that “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” The Bible tells us that “iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17) and that we are to “stir up one another to love and good works…encouraging one another” (Heb. 10:24-25). Life is far too difficult and we are far too sinful to live in solitude. We need community. We need accountability. And God has anticipated our need by giving us the local church as the primary means of this accountability. …[God has] helped me understand that accountability is closely tied to visibility and that personal holiness will not come through anonymity but through deep and personal relationships with my brothers and sisters in the local church. And so I have sought to make myself more visible that I may accept correction and rebuke when necessary. At the same time I have renewed my commitment to the One who is always watching and who knows every word I write and every intention of my heart.”

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: Chapter 10 – Keeping the Chaplain Accountable (Part 2)

— Ecclesiastical Accountability

Chaplains do not minister in a vacuum. They are members of a specific religious body and are affiliated with a denomination or other faith group. In most cases, they are endorsed by their faith group to the institution in which they are providing ministry. As a representative of their religious faith and endorsing body, chaplains are held accountable for their beliefs and religious practices. When the chaplain’s actions and words conflict with the teachings of the faith group, various forms of discipline may occur. The confrontation may be as simple as a meeting to discuss and advise, or it may be as severe as excommunication or revocation of the endorsement to chaplain ministry. In the Christian church, some denominations provide a pastoral review committee that meets with the chaplain on a regular basis for support, evaluation, and review. Similar accountability and support structures are present among other faith groups as well. Proactive accountability is much healthier than ultimatums, censures, or reprimands. All chaplains must honor God and obey the tenets of their faith.

— Professional Accountability

Some chaplains are members of professional organizations such as the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or the American Association of Christian Counselors. Each of these organizations has a code of ethics for chaplains and other member professionals. Membership or certification by these organizations requires the chaplain to support or endorse their mission and principles, and to agree to abide by those standards.

Chaplains are held accountable by these organizations through their membership and by participating in various activities within the organization. Some professional organizations require an associate membership period during which chaplains are mentored or supervised. Some provide continuing education opportunities on the national and local levels to improve skills, provide experiential learning, or develop knowledge in new or focus areas. Some provide peer reviews that offer consultation and counsel from peers in the field of chaplaincy. Others provide an avenue for networking, career assessment, and personal therapy. Professional organizations provide healthy accountability for chaplains while encouraging spiritual growth, professional advancement, and academic instruction.

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— PRAYER —

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Now, 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.”

God bless.