Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd
Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd
Archived Show
Inside Look at Hospital Chaplaincy
Thursday, November 5, 2015
A middle-aged man is admitted to the hospital, suddenly plucked from familiar surroundings and given a bunk in a public building, like a stranger in a strange land. People stick him with needles, almost at whim. A train of uniformed workers swing in and out of his room like it was a station stop on a commuter line. Then another stranger arrives, announces herself as the chaplain, and asks, “How are you doing?” The patient immediately thinks: Great. They send in the angel of the Lord—am I going to die?
Dr. Tom Shepherd’s special guest this week is anything but an angel of death. Rev. Dr. Charles Robertson, chaplain supervisor at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Chaplain Robertson works with men and women preparing for professional ministry, including Unity Institute® and Seminary students, to familiarize them with how to do ministry in a hospital setting. An ordained Nazarene minister, Chaplain Robertson holds a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His insights on the role of the clergy as a spiritual resource to hospital patients, staff, and administrators will give you a new appreciation for the people engaged in health care and those they serve. If you’ve ever visited a friend or relative in the hospital, or been hospitalized yourself, this show is for you.