Chaplains are committed to ministering in partnership with local parishes and seek opportunities to establish and maintain mutually supportive relationships with congregations.
Referrals from parish ministers enable chaplains to complement and assist in the pastoral care of congregation members who find themselves in centres where chaplains are located.
Many of those with whom chaplains minister have no church association and chaplains are eager to link up these people with appropriate churches in which they can receive ongoing ministry.
As people with extensive training and experience, chaplains are able to contribute to the life of local congregations. Many are effective preachers and teachers. They can assist parishes in training and the development of pastoral care and specialist ministries aimed at needy people.
Chaplains are ‘home missionaries’ serving in environments which are often stressful and difficult, and sometimes hostile towards gospel ministry. They need the loving care and prayerful support of congregations which take an active interest in their ministry.
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