Importance of a Chaplain
The odyssey of a chaplain: Breaking barriers into our community with the love of Jesus
What makes a chaplain a chaplain? Status? Power? Authority?
School Chaplains have no status, power or authority in the school other than being led by Holy Spirit. They are on the forefront of ministry, serving alongside their community: kids, teachers, staff, parents, and even grandparents. They do not preach, they do not evangelise, they do not proselyte (or do exorcisms). Yet, they shine a light of hope, yet they speak volumes of God’s love, and yet they are a powerful testimony of Father’s glory.
What makes a Chaplain a Chaplain?
They listen unconditionally
They learn unconditionally
They love unconditionally.
A testimony of a student having left school years ago: “I was a ratbag, I was despised by the teachers, yet my chaplain loved me unconditionally. He never saw my change, but man he must be rejoicing in heaven!”
Finally, I want to you to read the job description of a chaplain below:
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’