The Chaplain and Worship

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THE CHAPLAIN AND WORSHIP
CHPL 696

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
May 21, 2014

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1
THE CHAPLAIN AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN WORSHIP....................................2-3
THE CHAPLAIN PROVIDING WORSHIP IN A HEALTH-CARE SETTING.......................4-6
CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................6
BIBLOGRAPHY.............................................................................................................................7

INTRODUCTION

The ministry of worship and preaching of chaplains is unique in the sense that they are tasked with providing for the religious needs of different people and in a pluralistic environment. Although this type of setting provides many challenges, chaplains are afforded abundant ministry opportunities. This paper first will attempt to describe the opportunities, advantages, and disadvantages of technology in the area of worship and preaching for chaplains. Secondly, this paper will describe the role and functions of chaplains in the healthcare setting when providing worship services. This paper will show that when properly used technology can become a tool that will enhance, promote, and advance the ministry of worship and preaching in the chaplaincy ministry.

The Chaplain and the Use of technology in Worship

When considering the use of technology such as multimedia, the chaplain has to consider whether the use of such technology will ultimately enhance, fortify, or detrimentally affect the worship service. The question is how technology can be better employed, in order to become a means thru which the people of God are able to worship in a meaningful and spiritually manner. Technology is already defining the way people worship and learn the…...

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