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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYResearch Paper: Part 3Chaplain InterviewSubmitted to Dr. Keith Travis,in partial fulfillment of the requirements forthe completion of MAR in Religion: Marketplace ChaplaincyCHPL 500Introduction to Chaplaincy MinistrybyJoy SenecalMay 16, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION................................................................................................................3INTERVIEW........................................................................................................................3CONCLUSION....................................................................................................................8BIBLIOGRAPHY................................................................................................................92
INTRODUCTIONThe chaplain that I was scheduled to interview ended up with a family emergency after several postponements, and his hospice agency, Heartland Hospice, was looking for another chaplain, but they never got back to me, so a pastoral care pastor who also acts as a chaplain was willing to speak with me. We met face-to-face on May 15, 2018. His name is Joe Hunt, and he is the pastoral care pastor for Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia, but his responsibilities are the same as a chaplain’s.INTERVIEWPastor Hunt’s states that “I am responsible for hospital visits and visit usually about 5 days per week. I also visit people at home or in nursing homes who have been given terminal diagnoses. I also minister to families who have a loved one pass away and do 50-60 funerals per year.”1Daily, Pastor Hunt receives by email a list of people who are in the hospital. He also goes to the different Sunday School classes for older people on Sunday mornings to inquire if there is anyone going into the hospital or having surgery in the coming week. He has an assistantwho calls the hospital before he visits to see if the people on his list are still in the hospital or have been discharged.Pastor Hunt makes visits to hospitals and nursing homes daily. He prays with people before surgery and sits with them before they go back for surgery. Pastor Hunt keeps his visits short since most of the time, the patients are not feeling well or are tired and need to rest, but he will stay longer if the patient or family member wants him to or just needs to talk. He is there mostly to observe and listen. He lets people tell him what they want to tell him and as much as they want to tell him, but he respects their privacy if they don’t feel like talking.1Joe Hunt, 2018, Interview by Joy Senecal, Hampton, VA, May 15.3
Pastor Hunt says he shows up, leaves his business card, prays with the person and/or family members, and then goes on unless he senses that they need more time with him being present. Family members sometimes call him later just to talk or to ask for him presence.He reminds people that they can talk to God at any time and that He cares for them and their salvation, but he does not push them. He tries to be sensitive to their needs. He usually gives them a gift which is a book by Criswell Freeman entitled “God’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Crisis Times in Your Life.” This book touches upon 45 topics, issues such as rejection and disappointment, failure and hardship, depression and grief. In addition to scripturalresources, the text contains quote-worthy ideas from notable Christian thinkers.

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