Volunteer Chaplains and Spiritual Care Partners

Volunteer Chaplains

Our volunteer chaplains are essential to the success of our Pastoral Care Department’s mission to serve the needs of our patients and their families. Each and every volunteer freely gives of their precious time and plays a vital role by providing spiritual support to those in need. Our volunteer chaplains’ service of love for others continually raises the level of care we offer.

How to Apply

To become a volunteer chaplain at UMC Health System, please complete the online volunteer chaplain application by following this link:

You will receive confirmation and information about the next step in the application process after submitting your application.

Please review the UMC Disclosure Regarding Background Investigation, then print and complete these documents, and return them to: volunteerservices@umchealthsystem.com

  • Criminal History Consent and Release Form
  • Compliance and HIPPA Acknowledgement
  • Tuberculosis Sign and Symptoms Questionnaire

For more information about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Services office by e-mail at volunteerservices@umchealthsystem.com or by phone at 806.775.8238

For questions regarding becoming a volunteer chaplain, call the Pastoral Care office at 806.775.8672 or email ronald.finley@umchealthsystem.com

We look forward to serving alongside you.

Spiritual Care Partners

Our Mission

  • Our professionally trained UMC Spiritual Care Partners facilitate spiritual care that respects each person’s core values and beliefs.
  • We are here to provide a caring presence, listening, and counsel—with the purpose of nurturing one’s hope.
  • We seek to provide pastors, deacons, or ministers additional opportunities to care for and support their members at UMC. Such care provides guidance during patient/family crisis events pertaining to their physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational well-being.

Our Partnership

Admitted patients find themselves in an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. Our UMC chaplains help families in times of crisis to choose the best treatment options for them, pray for healing, or counsel the grieved. However, because the chaplain may not be as privy to their lives as the patient’s own minister or spiritual care advisor, we advocate a more proactive approach called UMC Spiritual Care Partners.

UMC Pastoral Care developed a community clergy association called UMC Spiritual Care Partners. This association offers clergy “grand rounds” education designed to equip the local minister for more effective ministry to parishioners at UMC. Each Grand Rounds will highlight a different aspect of routine/crisis care and the minister’s role. In addition, an annual symposium will provide further training on core treatment topics.

Our Goals

Through UMC Spiritual Care Partners, it is our desire to provide programs and tools for more effective care of the “whole person.” It is our hope that you will prayerfully consider becoming an integral part of this exciting new venture and that we might assist you in any way as you care for your parishioners at UMC.

UMC Spiritual Care Partners Offers:

  • Broader parishioner ministry opportunities
  • More direct access to patient crisis care
  • A direct avenue for parishioner “end of life” care
  • Periodic workshops for patient crisis care advocacy
  • A greater understanding of the role of faith and medicine in today’s healthcare

Download our Spiritual Care Partners brochure.

Click here to Register for Spiritual Care Partners.

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