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Masters of Chaplaincy Continues in Bulgaria

The Masters Program in Chaplaincy Ministry is continuing at the Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute under the patronage of the Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association. It purposes to prepare chaplains in all professional areas as military, prisons, hospitals, and so forth. as it draws theological students with baccalaureate and masters degrees in their respective fields.

After successfully finishing the first module in chaplaincy in September, the students are now engaged with the second module of theological studies. All courses are taught by graduate professors from Bulgaria and the United States, at the Institute’s extension in the town of Yambol, where Cup & Cross Ministries’ headquarters are also located.
The current theological module includes the following courses:

1. Introduction to the Old Testament
2. Introduction to the New Testament
3. Church History
4. Systematic Theology
5. Religious Pluralism
6. Cults and Religions
7. Homiletic
8. Hermeneutics

Капеланско служение (Модул 2)

Продължава вторият модул на Магистърската програма по Капеланско служение към Обединеният богословски факултет на ВЕБИ. Програмата има за цел да подготви капелани в професионалния контекста на въоръжените сили, изправителни, здравни, мореплавателни, индустриални и др. професионални области. Предназначена е за всички кандидати, придобили образователно-квалификационна степен „бакалавър“ или „магистър“.

След успешното протичане на капеланският модул през септември т.г., студентите преминават през фундаменталните богословски класове, преподавани от хабилитирани професори от България и САЩ под патронажа на Българска капеланска асоциация. Настоящият модул по богословие включва:

1. Въведение в Стария Завет
2. Въведение в Новия Завет
3. Църковна история
4. Систематично богословие
5. Религиозен плурализъм
6. Религии и култове
7. Омилетика
8. Херменевтика

General-Major Clay Buckingham: I love the Bulgarian soldiers and I want to support them

Veteran General-Major Clay Buckingham from the U.S. Army: “I love the Bulgarian soldiers and I want to support them.”

General-Major Clay Buckingham is a graduate from the class of 1949 from the West Point Academy and has served in the U.S. army for 37 years. He has served in both the Korean and Vietnam War. He worked in the U.S. tank brigades, became general-major in 1974 and was responsible for the operative training of all U.S. Army tank brigades in Germany with 250,000 soldiers. He served as the officer of operative training for the U.S. Army in Europe and for six years after that, he first headed the computer and then the communication systems of the Pentagon. He retired in 1982 at the age of 55 and currently serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Evangelical Chaplains. He has five children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

What were your motives that brought you to this line of work?
In the military academy after the end of World War II, I was included in a Bible study group. At the age of 20, I was agnostic. I did not know if there was or was not a God, I had questions about life and death, for eternity and the cosmos, and what happens after death. I found these answers in the Bible.

How have Christian values helped you to overcome fear and terror?
I believed the words of Jesus that death is only a pass to real life. This does not mean, however, that I am not afraid for this is a natural instinct. But my conviction is that even if I die, or if I am killed, I will be with Jesus Christ. I had this peace in my heart regardless of the natural fear from death. This gave me the opportunity to remain calm and not to panic, but to give the best from myself as a soldier.

What are your impressions from the Bulgarian seminarians and professors?
Awesome response! Our Bulgarian friends invited us to come and we gave our experience of 40 years of history. I was in the service in Germany and made fiends with people from the whole world. Some 10 years ago, we became part of an organization which reaches the evangelical chaplains in armies from various countries. We understood that out of 200 nations around the globe, only 20 had chaplaincy departments. But even where there was no chaplaincy, there were people who wanted to work with the army. Our organization sends a mobile team of officers to teach such people. We have developed a course of 40 hours including what a chaplain needs to know in order to be effective in the ministry.

Our purpose here is that the Bulgarian government organizes chaplaincy as a ministry for the army. All religions can be included in it – evangelical, catholic, orthodox, Muslim and other chaplains, which represent various faith confessions before the soldiers. I believe that chaplaincy is a tool which can bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the soldiers of Bulgaria.

Стартира магистърска програма по капеланско служение

Магистърска програма по капеланско служение стартира в Обединения богословски факултет на ВЕБИ

Обединения Богословски факултет към Висшия Евангелски богословски институт отвори врати за едно ново обучение – магистърска програма по капеланско служение. Сред първите студенти по тази програма са и Ангел Петков и Димитър Чакъров. Капеланството е все още непознато за България служение и може би това, че е нещо ново е главен фактор да не бъде прието. Първите студенти ще имат високата отговорност да бъдат лицето на новото служение и те да дадат старт на неговата реализация в страната.

Реализирането на програмата стана възможно с усилията на председателя на Българска капеланска асоциация Младен Бочуков и д-р теол. Доний Донев. Програмата се състои от три модула: капеланство, психология и богословие. След два дена ще завърши обучението по модул капеланство, което съдържа следните дисциплини: Богословие на военната професия; Етика на капелана; Капеланът и командния състав; Посттравматичен стрес, инциденти и самоубийства; Проповядване и богослужение; Пасторска грижа; Църковно лидерство и капеланство.

Преподавателите са хора от много висок ранг, бивши капелани от армията на САЩ и духовно посветени хора: полк. Ричард Янг, ген. Клей Бъкингам, полк. Джим Елис. С много любов и търпение те предадоха на студентите своите знания и опит в областта, която скоро няма да е толкова чужда и непозната за България.

пастор Ангел Петков, СТРАЛДЖА