Monday, May 13, 2013

Help me finish this article - Church Medicine

A while back I was scanning through blogs and I noticed something I hadn't seen before on Tony Jones' site.  He refers to himself as "an ecclesiologist — that’s like a proctologist for the church."  While Tony's reference to himself as one who explores the dirty little secrets of the church is intended a bit humorously, it did strike somewhat of a chord with me.  Paul referred to the Church as the Body of Christ, having many members that function as different parts.  And Tony made the allegorical jump to comparing a field of church-related work to a field of medicine.  That got me thinking about what other fields of medicine might be related to other fields of medicine.  This week I'll be receiving my Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and I've also been asking myself, "What sort of doctor might I be for the church?"  So I've begun constructing a chart to do some comparative analysis.  Once I'm complete I'll be turning it into an article.  But for now, I need some help completing this.

As you look at this chart you'll see some things you agree with and you'll probably also see some things you disagree with.  The intent here is not to offend, but to start the conversation.  So if something strikes a chord with you, either positively or negatively, please leave a comment.  You'll also see some blanks.  You might think to yourself, "Duh! How could he not get that?"  Well, at this particular moment I'm drawing a blank on that and would appreciate some insight.  And if something is missing, or you think something should switch categories, please leave a comment.  Thanks in advance for your help.




Medical Field / Specialty
Emphasis
Church Related Work
Proctologist
“Dirty” little secrets
Ecclesiologist
Optometrist/Opthamologist
Sight/Interpretation
Theologian
Cardiologist
Heart
Worship Leader
Pulmonologist
Spirit/Breath
Pneumatologist
Podiatrist
Feet/Walking
Missiologist
Psychotherapist/Psychiatrist
Neurologist
Mental/Emotional Health

Gastroenterologist
Dietician
Dentist
Digestive/Dietary Health
Teachers/Bible Study Leaders
Surgeon
Surgical Healing
Conflict Resolution Specialist
General Medicine
Everyday Health
Pastor
Pediatrician
Child/Adolescent Development
Youthworkers/Teachers/Parents/Nursery workers
Cosmetic Surgeon
Outward Appearance
Televangelists
Geriatric Medicine
Aging
Church Historians
Chaplains
Pathologist/Diagnostic Medicine
Orthopaedist
Health Assessment/Disease Diagnosis
Musculoskeletal system/Strength
Consultant
Oncologist
Cancer Treatment
Christ Jesus
Audiologist
Hearing/Understanding
Ecumenist
Obstetrician
Birth
Church Planter
Anesthesiologist
Inducing Sleep
Boring preachers/Nominal Christians
Immunologist
Disease Prevention

Speech Therapist
Message Communication
Evangelist
Hematologist
Life-Blood
Christians

5 comments:

Lion Lady said...

A couple of ideas: You could list "Church musicians" under your "Psychotherapist/Psychiatrist/Neurologist" area. "Parish Nurse" under Pathologist/Diagnostic"

Joshua Leu said...

I would say be careful with this metaphor of trying to fit church and spiritual categories into medical categories. I know that sometimes metaphors help people in general, but often time when you look to closely they begin to fall apart and do more harm than good.

That being said i am very interested in reading your article!

Congrats on the D.Min. - I am starting my next month!

Dan Mayes said...

Right, Josh. I should say the intent is not to create a categorical system of understanding. It's more something I'm intrigued by. I guess my main hope is to illustrate the many various ways we all bear responsibility for the health (or illness) of the Church.

Stephen Haney said...

Where do Spiritual Directors fit?

Cheyanna Losey said...

I agree with including musicians and parish nurses in a category. I would also wonder where administrative assistants would be included. I'm intrigued by your blank spaces. I look forward to reading the article.