Leadership Series Part I: Towards A Theology of Spiritual Care Leadership and Leadership Discernment
Presented by Edward Smink, Ph.D., BCC
March 2012 Audio Conference
The heart of our mission as spiritual care leaders is to facilitate the belief and experience that one’s spiritual strengths are a resource for healing. How does this spiritual leadership shape and influence the larger organization? Can we begin to imagine that we do contribute to and also enhance the organizational spirituality of which we are a part? Within the framework of the organization’s mission, vision, and values, what qualities can we discern in ourselves to expand our role as spiritual leaders within the organization? In two sessions, we will explore orienting our organization to this mission, along with envisioning and discerning those dynamic qualities which make us spiritual care leaders.
About the Presenter
Edward Smink Ph.D., BCC is a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Depth Psychology and Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpentaria, California. His doctoral work highlights the heroic journey of healing and is titled: “The Thresholds of Affliction: The Heroic Journey of Healing.” Drawing from his research into the classics of literature, theology, and other disciplines, as well as his extensive pastoral experience as a nurse, pastoral counselor, chaplain, and currently serving as Executive Director of Mission and Ministry for CHI One Kansas, Dr. Smink will reflect on two questions that are integral to chaplaincy: “How does spiritual leadership shape and influence the spirituality of the sponsoring organization?” And secondly, “what are those qualities of servant leadership that influence organizational spirituality?”