A Chaplaincy Course in Bulgaria

During the past week we had the incredible opportunity to host a chaplaincy seminar. The speaker was my dear brother in the Lord and spiritual mentor Jake Popejoy. We had planned this seminar for quite some time now, but due to his intense schedule we could not arrange the dates. However, finally he was able to arrive in Bulgaria .

The vision of the international Church of God Chaplaincy Commission is to prepare people for an adequate ministry outside the church gates (Hebrews 13:12). The context of the ministry in the church setting is to help the people who come to church spiritually and emotionally, however, there are so many people who will never come to church, but who need help wherever they are – on the streets, in the hospitals, in the homes for senior citizens and other specialized institutions. These people need to be provided with care which extends beyond spiritual support and incorporates practical help, guidance, counseling and comfort.

The chaplaincy seminar in Sofia was convened in three consecutive evenings with a total of 12 lessons. The participants were about 35 people from various denominations. The topics that were covered were very specific and aimed at specialized training – chaplaincy in the 21st century, stress, psychological and physiological processes associated with crisis, acceptance of death news, how to understand people who are in shock and distress, etc. The material was presented with expertise by Dr. Popejoy who is the Director for education at the Chaplaincy Commission of the Church of God. Some of the lectures were presented by Pastor Bob Schmidt who is currently an operation chaplain in Romania. In about a month we will present the second set of lessons and then after a proper examination the students will receive their chaplain's certificates.

Our vision is to develop e strong chaplaincy ministry in Bulgaria with well-trained ministers who would be able to provide care to people and to work in cooperation with the local institutions. With the full support of Dr. Popejoy we have engaged seriously in making the chaplaincy program and ministry functioning in our country. I am really thankful to him and the Church of God for assisting us in this endeavor.

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