Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / General CBF

Images of a Hospital Chaplain

By Daniel Brockhan, CBF-endorsed hospital chaplain It begins with a flicker… of images: Doctors and nurses running, scurrying back and forth quickly, trying desperately to save a life, to bring them back from the threshold of death, to some hopefully stable and sustainable form of life. Family in the room, as the doctors compress their loved … Continue reading

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / General CBF

Why pastoral care requires compassion: Carla Cherry

This blog post comes from CBF-Endorsed Chaplain, Carla Cherry in celebration of Pastoral Care Week. Chaplain Cherry, MDiv. ThM. BCC, is a chaplain for Geriatrics and Extended Care Line in Columbus, Ohio. Pastoral care is rooted in Nouwen’s definition of compassion. “The word “compassion’ as Nouwen points out, comes from the Latin words pate and … Continue reading

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Prestigious honor awarded to CBF-Endorsee Chaplain Jeni Cook

The following post is from George C. Pickle, CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Specialist. From January 6th through January 12th, Jim Pope and I attended four national pastoral care organizations in Alexandria, Virginia.  These organizations included the Association of Religious Endorsing Bodies, COMISS Network, the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces, and the … Continue reading

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

A Client Story

The following post is from Chris O’Rear, M.Div., M.M.F.T., Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist at Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee. Several years ago, I had a new client come to me because she felt cut-off from her feelings and other people. Eventually she described a history of emotional neglect, physical and sexual abuse … Continue reading

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

The following post is from CBF-Endorsed Volunteer Chaplain Thomas Deal who serves with the Orlando Police Department.  Tommy Deal is also the Associate Coordinator of CBF of Florida. It was a typical fall November Friday in the “City Beautiful” as it is called.  In Orlando hundreds of thousands of citizens and tourists intermingled among the area’s … Continue reading