First Day of Clinical Pastoral Education

Yesterday was my first day of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital (which in case you are wondering is affiliated with the Episcopal church). It was filled with safety videos, orientation, ID badges, cafeteria lunch and getting to know others on the spiritual wellness team. It is going to be a great experience and I am looking forward to learning a lot. Take home quote from the first day –

Never do for a patient or family what they can do for themselves — Marc Giedinghagen

Advice, Suggestions and Self-Reflection

Last week I interviewed for a clinical pastoral education position at St. Luke’s Hospital. One of the questions that I try to ask any interview team is this – What advice would you have for me (as a person in his second year of professional ministry)? I received the following responses from the interview team (summarized):

  • Have you thought about a spiritual director?
  • A CPE residency would have been invaluable before returning to the local church.
  • Live a well balanced full life outside of ministry.

Each one of the interview team did not give direct advice to me, but instead reflected on their own experience of life.

In similar situations, do you most naturally give suggestions for other people, tell them what to do or reflect on your own life? Something else entirely?

Thinking or Feeling?

Last week I interviewed for a clinical pastoral education position at St. Luke’s Hospital.

I felt as if I learned more about self-reflection in less than one hour than I may have learned in the past 1.5 years. I discovered that I have a clear tendency to start with my head, to understand, to comprehend, or to know things. I have a much lower tendency to interface with the way I am feeling about a situation.

Do you find that you react most naturally to situations by thinking or with emotions?