The Gospel Worship Service Presents Unique Challenges for Chaplains: A Primer on Leading a Gospel Service in the Air Force
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This project examines the challenges military chaplains face when leading Gospel services in the United States Air Force in both domestic and deployed locations. It argues that some chaplains assigned to Gospel services do not have the ministry skills set to lead them effectively. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods involving surveys of 30 military chaplains, lay leaders and parishioners, and follow-up interviews to explore critical issues identified by leaders and congregants alike, this project develops a Gospel service manual. This instructional primer outlines the historical evolution of the Gospel service and addresses its integral elements of worship and challenges that chaplains need to understand to meet the worship needs of multicultural and ecumenical military congregations.