Specialized Pastoral Ministry
Through LCMS' Specialized Pastoral Ministry programs, nearly 400 men and women receive training to serve as chaplains, pastoral counselors and clinical educators. These professional church workers offer a comprehensive ministry that includes Word and Sacrament, counseling, compassionate care and contextual education for specialized pastoral ministries.
Save the dates of these 2015 Specialized Pastoral Ministry educational events.
Emergency Services Chaplaincy Day Conference — May 4 at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
SPM in the Realm of the Left Hand — May 5-7 at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
SPM in the Realm of the Left Hand — Sept. 22-24 at Bon Secours, Marriottsville, Md.
Chaplains work in institutions such as:
- retirement homes
- homes for people who are physically and mentally challenged
Pastoral counselors work one-on-one or in small groups in:
- private practices
- counseling centers
Specialized Pastoral Ministry programs address human concerns in multiple settings:
- Self-worth in later years (long-term care facilities)
- Lifestyle changes (general health care facilities)
- Values and meaning in life (mental health care centers)
- Justice, forgiveness and interpreting God's love (correctional institutions)
- Direction for life renewal (pastoral counseling settings)
- Quality of life at life's end (hospices)
- Spiritual renewal (substance abuse and counseling centers)
- Maximum spiritual potential for individuals (people with disabilities)
- Crisis response (workplace/police headquarters)
- Disaster trauma services (through congregations or other institutions following an emergency)
Training and equipping ministers to serve in various, specialized settings, clinical educators:
- assist students in applying their theology clearly and meaningfully
- teach skills which equip ministers to provide counseling and pastoral care to people who are suffering and/or are in crisis
- help students become aware of the grace and strength they have by the power and mercy of the Holy Spirit to keep themselves out of God's healing way