Adena Regional Medical Center is offering an internship program to train pastors, ministers and spiritual leaders who are interested in pursuing their ministry in a hospital environment.
There are a limited number of openings for this unique program, which begins on Sept. 5 and runs through Dec. 12. Participants will be asked to commit eight hours a week to the 15-week program.
Adena’s Lead Chaplain Rev. Jerry Compton oversees the Chaplain Internship Program, and teaches participants how to apply their ministry in real-life hospital situations. “One of the goals is to help students become better listeners,” said Rev. Compton. “In pastoral ministry, active listening skills are crucial in determining the spiritual needs of patients and their families.”
Over the past two years, 27 religious leaders have completed the Chaplain Internship Program. Many continue to volunteer at the hospital, offering spiritual support to patients who are ill or have faith-based concerns. The program provides an opportunity for hands-on experiences that will be used for reflection.
As part of the internship, participants are required to spend four hours a week visiting patients and interacting with staff. Another four hours a week will be spent attending seminars that are relevant to hospital ministry. These seminars are held on Thursdays from Noon - 4 p.m on Adena’s campus.
To learn more about the Chaplain Internship Program visit www.adena.org/chaplainclass. To register, contact Rev. Jerry Compton at (740) 779-7529 or Lisa Henness at (740) 779-7775.