Additionally, one ward takes an average of one hour. According to the interviewed pastors, it is sometimes complicated to measure the satisfaction level of pastoral ward visits. Most pastors are motivated by the need to helps people who are in need as stipulated in Mathew 25: 36.Ward visits is a God give privilege aimed at consoling and comforting people who are in dire need. According to the book of Mathew chapter twenty five verse thirty six, helping people who are in trouble is extremely significant and rewarding. Pastors measure their satisfaction by assessing the number of patients they attend as well as the productivity of their conversation with patients and family members. On the other hand, pastors also measure their satisfaction by examining the patient feedbacks as well as the time available for patient’s spiritual and religious care. Other chaplains feel satisfied by receiving referrals visits as well as in listening to patients’ needs2.Despite their significant and relevance in pastoral ward visits, time spent in hospital wards, training, as well as competences among chaplains do not represent the core measurement for success in hospital setting. However, according to the research findings, some small percentage of chaplains talked about the importance of hospital protocol training. On the other hand, the existing system of pastoral ward visit is very productive to chaplains, family members, hospital staffs, patients and the entire society. The system has granted chaplains the necessary power to control and manage their activities in hospital settings. A good number of patients have benefited from the existing system. However, to make their work more productive and. Pastoral Ward Visit in the Context of Chaplaincy.
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Mathew 25: 34-38 (King James Version)
“34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35. For I was an hundred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. 36. Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hundred, and fed [thee]? Or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? 38. When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? Or naked, and clothed [thee]? And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”.
John 17:3-11 (King James Version)
3. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are”.
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