Congregations provide volunteers to extend compassionate care beyond the walls of the medical center and agencies. Each FaithHealth role offers a strengths-based approach and serves as a bridge between human beings and resources for health. The roles typically involve some combination of caregiving and capacity building.
Embedded First Responder Chaplaincy
A New Book by Glenn Davis and Teresa Cutts
First Responders are our most valuable but also most vulnerable public servants. The many stressors of their jobs are life-altering and greatly impact the quality of life for them and their families. They serve and protect us daily, often putting their health and even their lives in peril.
This book shares in depth the work of the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s First Responder Chaplaincy Program’s (FRCP) team members. It includes the FRCP’s history, development, staffing and training, and is a comprehensive, descriptive and quantitative effort to highlight and value its work.
The Activated Congregation
5 levels of engagement
Faith leaders can consider how their congregation might be organized to live into this more integrated, whole, seamlessly-woven human fabric that includes the hospital and public health.
Strengthen Community Structures
Connects to local public health and social services, both governmental and private.
Might have recognition day for its members who work in these settings.
May attend public meetings to offer words of support.
May have education days and materials to help people enroll in programs such as Medicaid, the exchange, financial help from hospitals, etc.
Own the Healing Story
Claims the work as their own by telling their story in which they are their own heroes.
Not somebody else’s story (the hospital) but their own strengths, capacity, structures.
The hospital (and others) play enabling and supporting roles, sometimes quite important.
Secretary, youth director, choir leader, assistant women’s prayer group leader and others find key roles—along with members with medical training whether employed or retired.
The clergy or care team trains, learns and adds capacity.
For example: Clinical Pastoral Education, Center for Congregational Health, Community Nursing, Area Health Education Centers, etc.
Key: this is congregational capacity, not just individual credentialing.
Best if congregation and hospital somehow jointly honor this.
Share & Care
A complete cycle of care for at least one person jointly cared for by the hospital and congregation.
Care goes beyond members to include neighbors.
Currently about 500 congregations at this level.
Congregation makes itself known. Hospital has contact information for clergy or care team partners with some acknowledged roles. This could be developed around free parking.