Volunteer chaplains play an important role as they provide care for patients, families, and staff in the evenings and on weekends. Our volunteers go through special training to prepare them for meeting the diverse needs of patients in the hospital. The Spiritual Companion Class is required of anyone who desires to serve as a Volunteer Chaplain. Additional education is offered throughout the year to support our volunteers in the work that they do.
Spiritual Companion Class
This course offers students the opportunity to develop the understanding and necessary skills to provide intentional spiritual care and companionship to people in crisis and those who struggle with chronic life circumstances. St. Luke's chaplains serve as instructors for the course, and use a combination of assigned readings, presentations, role-play, journaling, and class discussion.
The course is offered two times during the year. Each course involves eight, three-hour classes held once a week at St. Luke's Hospital. It is open to the community and is a requirement for those who wish to be considered as a candidate for becoming a volunteer On-Call Chaplain with the Spiritual Care department.
Please contact St. Luke's Spiritual Care department at (319) 369-7347 for more information.