Attending Clergy Assocation membership falls into two categories:
- Active Member: Ordained or other formal recognition as a professional clergy. Most active members have completed baccalaureate and divinity degrees.
- Affiliate Member: Theological students serving with an active member. Affiliate members serve under the supervision of an active member.
How Will the ACA Help?
For more than 20 years, the Attending Clergy Association has offered monthly educational opportunities. Clergy learn more about medical, psychiatric, pastoral and nursing care as a way to better understand what their congregants face while in the hospital.
Each entity is responsible for designing educational events that suit the needs of the clergy from that community. Some educational programs focus exclusively on pastoral care concerns. Others may focus on medical updates, nursing concerns or biomedical ethical challenges. Each entity has a unique focus which allows for great variety of design and creative possibilities.
Over time, the clergy and healthcare team (physicians, nurses, therapists) get to know each other as they work as colleagues.
What are Some Additional Benefits?
- Access to patients 24 hours a day (Critical care areas may require no visitors for short periods of time. Patient information is provided on a need to know basis with HIPAA observed at all times.)
- Employee discounts when eating in hospital cafeterias
- Employee rates for membership in Texas Health fitness centers
- Free annual flu shot
- Name badge for identification to staff and easy access to parking where needed