A Vital Ministry: Chaplaincy in Schools in the Post-Christian Era
By: John Caperon (author)Paperback
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A Vital Ministry describes the situation of the 'post-millennium' generation of the young as threatening to their human flourishing. Their economic, political and cultural context is potentially oppressive, and the education system in this country no longer seeks to provide 'spiritual capital' to resource the young. The special role of Church of England schools is to provide a holistic education which values the spiritual dimension, genuinely encouraging the personal and spiritual development of young people as 'children of God'. Drawing on the testimony both of school chaplains and school students, the book argues that the chaplain's ministry of pastoral care has a key part to play in the fostering of personal spiritual development, and that the role of the chaplain as a liturgical leader can open up the spiritual realm for students. The Church needs to take seriously this vital but neglected ministry, the book concludes, arguing for better recognition, professional support and development.
John Caperon taught English before becoming head and chaplain of a large Church of England comprehensive school. He has been a self-supporting priest for 30 years
1. Chaplaincy: A Model of Ministry for the Present Time 2. The Cultural and Religious Context for School Chaplaincy 3. The Spiritual Dimension: The Response of State of Church 4. A Ministry of Presence: What School Chaplains Offer 5. 'A Sort of Mini-Jesus': How Students Understand Chaplaincy 6. Being with People: Christian Pastoral Care in School Context 7. Celebrating the Sacred: Accessing the Spiritual Dimension 8. School Chaplaincy: A Complex Professional Role 9. Time for Change: Action on School Chaplaincy
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