Figure 2-21 illustrates the preparation of a worship
bulletin using a word processing program system.
Needless to say, use of the computer eliminates
guesswork It is no longer necessary to spend hours
blocking, figuring justification, figuring vertical or
horizontal centering or complicated margin
settings... the program will automatically do it for you.
In your duties and responsibilities for religious
program support, you must be aware of your RMFs
requirements in regard to worship models. A worship
model is a representation of reality. Worship models are
streamlined images of the worship system or systems
used in your RMF.
The model is defined by the
chaplain, chaplains, or clergy, and detailed by the RP.
The basic reason for building a worship model is to
define structure, function, or scope.
The particular form of a worship model depends on
the use it is to serve. The model maybe a photograph,
a physical scale model, or a blueprint. Flowcharts and
graphs are usually incorporated into models. A model
is built for the simple reason that it is easier to study and
manipulate than the system that it represents. A model
is also a means of turning over information that is easily
understood to new persons coming onboard.
When making models of the worship system, follow
these basic styles:
l The whole problem approach in which your goal
is to improve total efficiency
l The use of teams that will incorporate a variety
. The varying solution technique that is anything
goes in the model as long as it leads to a better,
more sophisticated one
Following these styles in developing your worship
models will involve your use of certain phases such as
(1) drafting the model; (2) constructing the model;
(3) testing the model; (4) executing the model;
(5) controlling the model and its solution; and
(6) realizing the results. These phases make up a united
whole, where each phase adjusts every other phase.
Worship models do not merely describe a fixed
worship system but rather permit a determination of how
one or more phases of the worship system may be
changed to accomplish some well-defined objective
better. The advantage of using the worship model rather
than the system itself is obvious, particularly where
manipulation of the system is impossible or where
manipulation is possible but excessively costly or risky.
LITERATURE AND PERIODICALS
Religious publications can be in the form of
published literature and periodicals as well as news
items about the religious activities of military chaplains
and other service members.
Religious publications are interested in news items
concerning shipboard religious activities and the
religious ministries provided by Navy chaplains to Navy
Seabee and Marine Corps units in the field. You should
try to provide the Office of the Chief of Chaplains with
any pictures, news items, and articles pertaining to
religious ministry in the sea services. The Office of the
Chief of Chaplains serves as the Navys liaison with
American churches and the church press that have a
continuing need for items of interest to the general
The term religious tracts may be used to encompass
a significant variety of devotional, inspirational,
informative, or religious literature. Tracts are selected
by Navy chaplains and are made available to the public
through the use of literature racks and displays
positioned in locations reaching a multiplicity of
persons. The command chaplain approves and specifies
the sources from which tracts for the CRP should be
As an RP, the role you will play will involve many
values. One of the chief values a good RP must possess
is fidelity. Fidelity is the quality of being loyal; that is,
to back your chaplains aspirations, goals, duties, and
the person to the best of your capability.
It is important for you to remember that in backing
your chaplain, you are limited to performing religious
program tasks that do not require ordination or
licensing. Even though you are required to support
chaplains and persons of all faith groups, you will not
be required to conduct worship services, act as a lay
reader, administer sacraments and ordinances, or
function as a pastoral counselor.