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Almost Everything you need to know about Hospital Chaplaincy

by Chaplain Eddie Olivas M.A.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/27/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 78
ISBN : 9781664220485
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 78
ISBN : 9781664220492

About the Book

This book will hopefully inspire anyone who is called to the unique office of Chaplaincy. I passionately believe that very few ministers genuinely understand the role of the Chaplain or have come to accept this office as being part of the five-fold ministry, hence, the goal for this book- to educate all who are interested in this calling and to validate the position as a unique fac-et of the five-fold ministry. As most astute Christians have realized through scripture, and by the obvious design of the church the five-fold “gift ministers” are a vital part of the Church (i.e., an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher), and are instrumental in fulfilling the mission of the church today. Chaplains who fulfill the above roles in such places as hospitals, prisons, military installations, corporations, and vessels are a critical part of their assigned stations. They merit re-spect. The Bible never explicitly describes the role of the Chaplain or the vital purpose of Chap-laincy; nevertheless, the office is equivalent to that of a pastor and is an essential part of the body of Christ-they play a vital role in society. Unfortunately, it is rather annoying to see a fair amount of folks that minimize the role of a chaplain or who are merely ignorant of this critical office until they become incarcerated, hospitalized, or experience a crisis while in an academic or military set-ting. Church leadership has not made an adequate effort to educate their congregations about the valuable role of the local Chaplain who toils tirelessly with little acknowledgment or gratitude from the local church; Thus, this book was written to educate and instruct those who are interest-ed in pursuing the office of chaplaincy-to teach the more exceptional subtleties of Chaplaincy from an individual who has been involved in Chaplaincy for over 30 years and secondly provide an inside view of the very practical day to day functions of hospital chaplaincy. Although there are several different kinds of chaplains (i.e., military, prison, and academic) the chief focus of this book will be on hospital chaplaincy from my personal experiences as both a chaplain and therapist.

About the Author

Eddie Olivas III is an experienced substance abuse professional and a Registered Marriage Family Therapist. He has over 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals from all walks of life. He has devoted the past 25 years to helping individuals who have struggled with mental illnesses and various addictions. He received his education and training in the field of psychology and addiction studies at Azusa Pacific University, UCLA, and Graceland University in Independence, Missouri. Eddie graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University. He received his clinical training at some of Los Angeles’s most prestige’s substance abuse treatment centers and acute psychiatric hospitals. Eddie has provided counseling services to individuals in such varied environments as hospitals, clinics, and intensive residential treatment centers. He is double certified by as a substance abuse counselor through CAADAC and Briening Institute to provide substance abuse counseling in the state of California. Lastly, he is a volunteer hospital Chaplain, ordained minister and an Oblate who received training from The Prince of Peace Abby, Oceanside CA. His focus is in the area of behavioral health care, addiction studies, and studying the benefits of spirituality as it relates to human suffering. He has been married to his wife Sally for 25 years and has a son and daughter. He spends his leisure hiking, writing and consulting.