Welcome to the Humane Studies & Leadership in Animal Ministry website!
Within these pages, you will find a great deal of information about animal ministry and animal chaplaincy. Since we hear so much talk about "animal ministry" these days, one can ask, just what exactly is animal ministry, or animal chaplaincy? Let's look at this a bit together.
The definitions of "chaplain" and "minister in Roget's Thesaurus lists the following:
"...shepherd, servant to all God's creatures..."
In other words, a lay person serving all God's creatures could be considered a 'chaplain' ~ and a 'minister' could be an ordained professional ~ also doing God's work for all God's creatures. So it doesn't matter if you are a lay person or an ordained professional ~ anyone can have a calling to be a servant to God's creatures!
"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of God." (Christianity)
And if we take this discussion a bit further, we could say that a lay person also 'ministers' to others. Meaning, in all of our lives at some point or another, each one of us have "ministered" to people and animals that we know and love ~ whether through a kind word, a calm listening ear, a pat on the back, a rub on an upturned furry belly, special treats, and so forth. So, anyone can be a part of the growing field of animal ministry and animal chaplaincy!
"The best of men are those who are useful to others." (Islam)
The premise of my Humane Studies & Leadership animal ministry and chaplaincy programs is simple. To provide a more expanded awareness of the need for animal chaplaincy ~ and to provide classes for those few who have the calling to minister to others in an animal chaplaincy or ministry capacity.
"Let all beings be engaged in one another's well-being...let all living beings be blissful and at peace." (Jain Scriptures)
Keep in mind, not everyone who is an animal lover is interested in or willing to think and live the unique mindset of being a part of the field of animal ministry and chaplaincy. Not everyone has that type of calling ~ they may just love animals! But for those of you who have chosen to adopt and sustain this unique and special way of thinking and living; for those of you who do want to become more involved and make more of a difference and serve "all God's creatures" through animal ministry and chaplaincy, my Humane Studies & Leadership Programs are for you!
Take a look at our Humane Studies & Leadership programs ~ and our other classes now being offered, and feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via e-mail, at 602-489-2011 or on SKYPE by appointment.