ACUM Participates in IAD’s Chaplaincy Certification

By: Communication Department

“Chaplain... Look at the Heart” was the theme for the first Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Certification of Chaplains held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The event, which was held during August 7-14, brought together over 120 chaplains and youth directors from the unions within the Inter-American Division. Highlighting the significance of the event, Dr. Mario Ceballos, associate director of chaplains at the General Conference, noted that the entire session was certified by the Adventist Chaplaincy Ministry (ACM).

During the opening ceremony, the Pathfinders and young people of the Dominican Union depicted, in dramatic fashion, the biblical account of David being chosen king. In this Bible story, God reminded Samuel that “the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV) Hence the theme, “Chaplain... Look at the Heart.”

In his welcome message, Benjamin Carballo, youth director for IAD, encouraged the participants to “be chaplains, who, while being in tune with God, can understand and perceive what is going on inside of people; their struggles, their hopes, their frustration and their joys.”

Each day, the sessions began with devotion, which included songs, scripture readings, and prayers. This was followed by presentations on topics relevant to chaplaincy ministry. Seminar presentations included the History and Philosophy of Chaplaincy, Psychology and Counseling, IAD Chaplaincy Policies, and Chaplaincy in Educational Institutions.

During the sessions, great emphasis was placed on chaplaincy in educational institutions. In his devotional charge taken from Matthew 19:3, Dr. Gamaliel Florez, education director of IAD, encouraged all involved in the education of our youth to love them like Jesus would. He also made available copies of “Guidelines for Implementing a Spiritual Master Plan” to be used in each school, college, or university.

It was noted that the vision of ACM is to develop, promote, and support Adventist chaplaincies in all Divisions of the world church and to extend the gospel ministry into school campuses, correctional institutions, healthcare facilities, military, and other community agencies.

According to ACM, “the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the purpose for the Adventist chaplains are one- to restore broken humanity to wholeness for the time and eternity.”

At the conclusion of the sessions, approximately 120 chaplains and youth directors received certificates of continuing education credits in professional chaplaincy. Participating from the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission were Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth director of ACUM, Pastor Kent Price, youth director of the South Bahamas Conference, and Pastor Anastacia Ferguson- Bansie of the Turks and Caicos Islands Missions.