Chaplains serve in many different sectors: business, military, hospitals, prisons, recreation and more. They minister to the spiritual, as well as emotional and sometimes physical, needs of people from all faiths. Depending on the field of service, they obtain the following in order to qualify:
- Education, usually an M.Div. or other related master’s degree.
- Ordination completed by a denomination or faith community.
- Ecclesiastical endorsement, a process culminating in a legal document stating that the person is spiritually, doctrinally, educationally and professionally qualified. It is for a limited time and for a specific institution.
- Certification or specialized training in chaplaincy – Clinical Pastoral Education.
Please contact Career Services if you have any questions or need clarification.
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). ACPE accredits CPE programs. CPE is offered in many kinds of settings: in hospitals and health care including university, children’s, and veterans’ facilities; in hospices; in psychiatric and community care facilities; in workplace settings; in geriatric and rehabilitation centers; and in congregational and parish-based settings. The ACPE website includes FAQs, job listings and sites for CPE training.
- Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) is an interfaith professional pastoral care association of providers of pastoral care endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in physical, spiritual, or mental need in diverse settings throughout the world. APC provides certification and their website includes job listings, among other information.
- COMISS Network is a network of professional organizations, institutions, and faith communities that promotes and supports collaboration among its membership and is the collective voice of advocacy to a variety of publics on behalf of the network. Among these ministries are chaplaincies in healthcare facilities, correctional institutions, mental health settings, the armed forces, business settings, industrial settings, pastoral counseling, clinical pastoral education, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. COMISS is an accrediting agency of training programs.
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
- Association of Professional Chaplains
- Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association
- American Correctional Chaplains Association
- American Rehabilitation Ministries
- Calvary Commission
- Coalition of Prison Evangelists
- Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- International Prison Chaplains’ Association
Public safety: police/fire
- Federation of Fire Chaplains
- International Conference of Police Chaplains
- Vancouver/Clark County, WA Chaplains
Religious endorsing bodies
(Just a sample)
- Assemblies of God
- Christian Reformed Church
- Coalition of Spirit-Filled Churches
- Evangelical Free Church of America
- Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
- National Association of Evangelicals
- Reformed Church in America
- United Methodist Church