CONSIDER MINISTRY AS AN INSTITUTIONAL CHAPLAIN
Intersecting Lives with Truth at Points of Greatest Need
Why should I become a chaplain?
In a society where people are increasingly suspect of religious personnel and are reluctant to enter a church, chaplaincy ministries offer unique opportunities to share Christ with people when those people are most aware of their spiritual needs. Chaplaincy is an extension of the local church, reaching into health care facilities, corporations, prisons, public safety agencies, and athletic teams. Very few other ministries provide pastors such a natural and challenging exposure to people in their communities who need to hear the gospel.
Where can I serve as a chaplain?
Every chaplaincy ministry is specialized to provide opportunities to demonstrate living Christianity to individuals and families who might normally not seek out a church.
Chaplains serve in a variety of institutions and organizations, either in full-time employment or part-time chaplaincy in conjunction with pastoral ministry. Each agency or jurisdiction has its own particular qualifications for hiring chaplains. All inquiries for employment should be made to the particular business or agency.
Vocational civilian chaplaincy may be ideal for trained, ordained men who have a compelling burden for compassionate outreach and discipleship ministries. Whether full-time or part-time, the chaplain is employed by an institution for the purpose of ministering to the spiritual needs of its staff and the lives they touch. Most of his time is spent in one-on-one interaction and counseling, small group Bible studies, and emotional support in times of crisis. Specialized training (such as Clinical Pastoral Education) may be required in addition to ordination. Institutions that employ chaplains include:
- Veterans Administration
- Correctional facilities
- Corporate America
- Hospice facilities
- Police departments
- Fire departments
How do I become a chaplain?
An endorsement is required by an increasing number of civilian agencies as a step toward achieving higher levels of professional certification. Endorsement is a professional credential that affirms to an agency that a chaplain has met the basic requirements of the GARBC to provide ministry in a specialized setting. It represents a level of mutual accountability and support between the chaplain and the GARBC and a standard of excellence to the using agency.
- You must be a born-again, active member of a church in fellowship with the GARBC.
- You must be in full agreement with the doctrinal statement of the GARBC.
- You must submit an application, along with a copy of your ordination certificate, to the Chaplaincy Commission.
Institutional (Vocational) Chaplaincy Application
This application packet is for ordained men who feel called of God to a ministry in hospital, veterans affairs, police, fire, emergency services, corporate America, or other arenas of vocational chaplaincy. Please note that each agency or jurisdiction has its own particular qualifications for hiring chaplains. Specialized training (such as Clinical Pastoral Education) may be required in addition to ordination. All inquiries for employment should be made to the particular business or agency. Upon completion of the application packet the materials can be returned electronically or via the United States Postal Service. All contact information is listed on the application.