Date of Award


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Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) BA/BTch (Hons)





First Advisor

Dr. W. G. Rieger


Chaplaincy is increasingly becoming an important service and ministry in public and private schools in Australia. Given the current growth of, but perceived lack of direction for chaplaincy in Seventh-day Adventist schools, this study sought to explore and ascertain the views of groups of stakeholders regarding the nature and future development of chaplaincy.

A search of relevant literature revealed a diversity and complexity of roles and settings in chaplaincy. Conceptual material from the literature was subsequently used in the initial stage of the research.

A modified application of the Delphi technique consisting of two rounds with a 73% participation rate, involving 60 participants, was utilised as a suitable methodology for data collection to answer a cluster of research questions.

An analysis of data showed wide-spread "concurrence" and considerable "intensity" regarding the structure, goals, significance, roles and functions, employment practices and procedures, and the planning and implementation of chaplaincy and pastoral care. Similar levels of' "concurrence" and "intensity" were shown for requisite personal qualities and qualifications of, and assessment criteria and professional development for chaplains. The findings fo the study combined to construct what was considered to be a realistic and workable model for effective chaplaincy and pastoral care in SDA secondary schools in Australia.

The general conclusion of the study was to accept the outcomes of the Delphi procedure with the hope that these might be of interest and use to Christian educators in particular in prodiving directions for future models of chaplaincy and pastoral care.


Used by permission: the author.

A print copy of this thesis is held in the Avondale College Library (SC Theses 371.713 C46).