Volunteers & Pastoral Care
How to become a volunteer chaplain
The Pastoral Care Department of Rockdale Medical Center has 50 active Volunteer Chaplains. Our chaplain team is made up of women and men, both professional clergy and trained lay people. All our chaplains must meet the following requirements:
- A deep desire to help the sick and hurting.
- Educational/theological background in their faith tradition.
- Visitation experience through their place of worship, or in a hospital or prison setting.
Some of our chaplains cover a 24 hour on-call period once a month and must be accessible, by pager or phone, at all times during their on-call day. Chaplains are expected to be able to reach the hospital within 30 minutes of receiving a call. Chaplains are called for all deaths, traumas, prenatal bereavements, serious diagnosis, expressed spiritual needs, and at a family’s request. Other chaplains come in one day a week for several hours to make rounds. This group of chaplains visit new admits and those who have been here more than a week.
The volunteer chaplain team gathers three times a year for continuing education and fellowship. All chaplains are required to undergo a drug screen and T.B. test.
To become a volunteer chaplain, you must:
- Fill out an application available in the Pastoral Care Office at the hospital
- Be interviewed by the staff chaplain
- Attend a Pastoral Care orientation session
Volunteer chaplains are committed to the following values:
- Service to others
- Acceptance of diverse religious backgrounds
- Commitment to confidentiality