This course is an introduction to Adventist chaplaincy philosophical foundations. This course qualifies as continuing education content; however, it is does not meet the qualifying requirements for endorsement. The Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) Department serves as the ecclesiastical endorsing agency for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As the denomination’s liaison with ecclesiastical, government, and professional organizations, ACM assists qualified Adventist clergy to transition from pastoral ministry into the chaplaincy ministries of campus, community, corrections, health care, military, and the work place. The qualifications required to become a chaplain are church membership in regular standing, holding a current denominational commissioned or ministerial license, meeting all requirements of the employing agency and obtaining ecclesiastical endorsement from the ACM Committee.
There are five modules in this course. Each module covers important information regarding the history and philosophy of Adventist Chaplaincy. To complete course requirements, you will need to proceed through all the modules, take the quizzes and then download your certificate of completion. This course is worth 0.2 CEU.
By the end of this course, you will have a deeper knowledge of what Chaplaincy is, understand the history of Chaplaincy and understand the foundations of Adventist Chaplaincy.
Dr. Mario E. Ceballos serves as director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries and the World Service Organization for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. His responsibilities include policy development, administration, endorsement, and certification of chaplains, as well as chaplain training for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Andrews University and coordinates the Doctor of Ministry degrees in chaplaincy concentrations. He is an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University School of Religion and the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary (IATS). Ceballos has worked for the Seventh-day Adventist church for more than 35 years, serving as pastor in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Massachusetts; as youth director for the Texas Conference; and director of church ministries for the Southern New England Conference. He served as an associate director of spiritual care and adjunct professor to the medical residency program at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He also served as vice-president of Spiritual Services and Missions and adjunct professor of Spirituality and Healing for the Kettering Adventist Health Care and Kettering College of Medical Arts in Ohio. As a member of the United States Armed Forces active and reserves for 32 years, Mario achieved the rank of Commander. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Boston University. He is also a Board-certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Mario E. Ceballos is married to Dr. Gloria A. Ceballos. They have one son, Dr. Mario A. Ceballos, a practicing attorney in Orlando, Florida and one grandson, Evan Alexander Ceballos.
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