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Religious Services - Pastorial Management
Pastorial Management
Because our role as pastors and our management and administration skills are an essential and necessary component of our ministry we in religious services commit ourselves to enhancing our administration of religious services. Administration is a large part of the work of a modern prison chaplain as he or she must oversee a large congregation and many volunteers. By improving our administration skills we can be more effective in our ministry.
We will make this area a priority in our lives by taking the following actions:
Time Management Mastery.
We will monitor and continue to refine and improve our time management and administration skills both personally and as a community. In October 1998 the overall time mastery level of the religious services team was at level three or "Intermediate Time Mastery". By April 1999 we had improved our level to level four or "Competent Time Mastery".
Individualized Roles and Skills.
We realize that each chaplaincy and staff position within religious services has its own role to play in the community and requires unique management skills that are appropriate to that position and its context. For this reason, each chaplain and staff person will take responsibility for reviewing their position description and submitting any suggested changes in writing prior to their annual performance appraisal.
Institutional Partnering.
We will work to more completely and skillfully integrate religious services into the overall mission of the department. In October 1999 each chaplain started to integrate religious programming with Measure 17 programming in a way that minimizes scheduling conflicts and gains Measure 17 credit for those parts of religious programming that are appropriate for Measure 17.
Management Communication and Research System.
In this age of a revolution in communication systems between people and communities we realize that it is more important for us to be able to communicate a huge body of information and knowledge with one another, within the department, and with the community we serve. In 2003 we increased our communication and sharing of knowledge about effective, ethical, and compassionate ways for religious services to minister within a prison system.
We will do this by developing a computerized communication and research system that will improve our ability to fulfill our mission and in particular our five prioritized areas of community building, improved administration, developing inmate spirituality, developing volunteers, and helping to integrate ethics and compassion into every aspect of the department. This communication system will give us the ability to better understand, articulate, research, and document what it is that religious services does. It will also help us to reach our goals in the five prioritized areas of our mission.
The communication system will also be related to other communication and information systems in the DOC. This will mean that we will be able to understand how the work of religious services relates to and enhances other DOC areas like security, education, work, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment, and physical health.