Our Civil Chaplains

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Our Civil Chaplains

BaptistCare has been delivering Civil Chaplaincy on behalf of the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT since April 2002.  This partnership enables Chaplains to minister to people from all walks of life, impacted by major health, mental health and/or incarceration.

We currently have eight Civil Chaplains; three working in major hospitals, four in regional correctional facilities and one in a metropolitan juvenile justice centre.

In addition to coming alongside of people in need, these Chaplains are also working with the friends and families of our clients, as well as many of the staff and volunteers who work in these locations, showing the range that our Chaplains have as they reach out to people and extend the love of Jesus.

Chaplaincy Qualification Partnership Underway

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Chaplaincy Qualification Partnership Underway

In June 2017, BaptistCare and Morling College’s Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care qualification was approved by the higher education accrediting body, TEQSA. The qualification includes a Masters, a Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care.

Fourteen students began the brand new Graduate Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care courses in February 2018. One of the students completed a Chaplaincy placement during the first semester of 2018 at an aged care centre on our Macquarie Park site, which was of great benefit to both the student and BaptistCare.

In the second semester of 2018, four new students enrolled in the course, with one of these students also a current Pastoral Care Volunteer with BaptistCare. This connection between the pastoral care program is encouraging, as we see a volunteer using their spiritual gifting and also awakening a desire to gain additional training to pursue a career in Chaplaincy.

The courses have been designed to deliver both foundational Chaplaincy skills as well as upskilling those already working as spiritual carers.

Pastoral Care Volunteers Grow

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Pastoral Care Volunteers Grow

Our Pastoral Care Volunteer program continues to grow, with volunteers extending the work of our Chaplaincy teams, and providing support to our customers who are living in aged care centres and in their own homes.

In the last year we have provided training on the NSW Central Coast, Gymea in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, and in Sydney’s Hills District, in Pennant Hills. During this time, eighty participants have graduated through the program, while thirty-five of these have gone on to become active Pastoral Care Volunteers with us.

To offer a more flexible delivery of Pastoral Care Volunteer training, we also introduced additional pathways for training in partnership with the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT.

The original group training model saw participants attend sessions facilitated and led by a BaptistCare Chaplain in local communities.  We are now partnering with local Baptist Churches, enabling trained local pastoral care practitioners to run the program.  We have also developed an online option for volunteers who are keen to complete the training but do not have a local program available close by.

We now have 139 Pastoral Care Volunteers who have been trained, have graduated and are now active BaptistCare volunteers in our aged care communities.