A historical and contemporary assessment of Baptist chaplaincy in the Halifax hospitals
LE3 .A278 1997
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
The author examined the history of the Halifax Baptist Hospital Chaplaincy (HBHC), discovered the expectations and satisfaction of some United Baptist patients and offered suggestions for future ministry. The methodology included literature review, archival research, oral histories and survey. He concluded these patients expect evangelical pastoral support: they are satisfied with their experience and neither individuals nor churches will accept or fund a fully ecumenical chaplaincy. The writer found the history to be punctuated with tensions. He recommended: an incorporated ministry with the locus of authority/power in a new HBHC Board; secured funding through its own foundation; and, two possible models of cooperative ministry that respond to the survey conclusions.
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