About Pastoral Care
One-on-one ministry at the hospitals of Methodist Health System
Pastoral care encompasses emotional and spiritual support through any challenging time of life. These challenges might include a life change or loss, major illness or injury, important decision, conflict, or loneliness and isolation. Chaplains are also called upon to perform religious rites such as baptism and communion. Or they may be asked to share in rejoicing and celebration.
Under any of these circumstances, the chaplain focuses on the individual seeking ministry and not on their illness or injury. Chaplains always maintain respect and sensitivity toward an individual’s faith, religious tradition, and life experience.