Church is Changing
6. Melanie Childers - Pastoral Care in a Time of Social Distancing
Mar 20, 2020 · 25 min
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In today’s episode we talk with Melanie Childers, Clinical Chaplain at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC. In our interview today she offers some invaluable advice for clergy and other church leaders seeking to offer pastoral care in the midst of this pandemic. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has over 20 years of experience in offering spiritual care in the midst of crisis.



You can read more about Melanie Childers here.


You can read an article on the difficult decisions facing the bereaved in the COVID-19 crisis here.


Today's episode brought to you by the Church Development Office at the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Music from "Macarray Bay" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (


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