Good practice chaplaincy : An exploratory study identifying skills, attitudes and practice of chaplains for selection, training and utilisation Report uri icon


  • This report presents an overview of exploratory research regarding the skills, knowledge, attitudes and practices considered necessary for chaplains to be highly competent in providing holistic care to clients and staff. Utilising a qualitative methodology, two focus groups comprising Salvation Army chaplains and their managers provided data about their expectations of chaplaincy personnel and about the pastoral care interventions undertaken by chaplains. The results indicated that while there were some differences of opinion, nevertheless in overall terms there was general agreement between chaplains and their managers about particular personal and professional qualities necessary for chaplains to be considered appropriate and proficient. Evidence was also obtained indicating a need for change with regard to the organizational attitude and culture of The Salvation Army towards chaplaincy. Recommendations are presented concerning (1) the selection criteria for chaplaincy, (2) training and utilization of chaplains plus (3) issues relating to organizational cultural change necessary to develop a future ready chaplaincy more suitable for the 21st Century.

publication date

  • 2014