Chaplain Ministries

A chaplain is an extension of the church’s ministry to persons away from home wherever they may be, in the military, on a hospital bed, in a correctional facility, or laboring within their work environment. They are called by God and endorsed by Church of God Ministries to take his message and indwelling presence to people wherever they are. They are full or part-time employees or volunteers. They are ordained clergypersons who minister within an institutional setting and pluralistic environment. Endorsement is an affirmation by the church that a person is in “good standing” and will be performing ministry in accordance with the general practices and beliefs of the Church of God reformation movement in behalf of Church of God Ministries. Ecclesiastically endorsed chaplains have presented evidence of having advanced education, experience, and skills necessary for the specialized ministry for which they are endorsed.

Basic Requirements for Ecclesiastical Endorsement:

  1. Must hold degrees from a fully accredited college and seminary. Most positions require a minimum degree of M. Div. In addition, some positions also require completion of two or more supervised Clinical Pastoral Education units.
  2. Must be an ordained minister in good standing in the Church of God (Anderson, IN). Good standing must be maintained each year in order to retain endorsement.
  3. Must complete all required application forms with Church of God Ministries.
  4. Must provide a “Statement of Record” regarding sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.
  5. For Institutional Chaplaincy or Professional Organization membership there may be additional requirements established by the specific institution/organization that must be met before endorsement can be granted.

Applicants for Military Reserve or National Guard appointments participate in the same endorsing procedures as active duty appointments, and it is understood that such applicants are willing to enter active duty if called upon during an emergency situation. Military active duty chaplaincy applicants should have preferably at least two years of pastoral experience. All applicants for military chaplaincy must be willing to be worldwide deployable.

Military Chaplain Candidate Program applicants must have acceptance to, or be in, a minimum of a 72 hour post graduate degree program as a full time student to receive a letter of approval.


Check requirements carefully to determine eligibility. Consult with the institution, organization, or area military officer program recruiter to determine all qualification prerequisites.

If you believe you are eligible, secure application forms below, or by contacting Chaplain Ministries.

Educational Opportunities:

Pathways to Hope is a national conference offered by Brite Divinity School pertaining to moral inquiry and other invisible wounds.
Date and location:
October 28–31, 2015.
Community Christian Church
4601 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112.
To register, go to and check out the discounts for military, veterans, students, and groups on the options page. For more information on group rates, contact Rita Brock at

Prepare for BCCI Certification Presented by Joe Perez and Ryan Swieringa BCC. A webinar presentation regarding how to prepare for BCCI Certification. Encouraged to review materials on the BCCI web site. Requirements covered includes those for board certified chaplain and associate certified chaplain (ACC) designations. May count for 1.5 CE hours.
Date/Time: Friday, October 30, 2015 2:30–4:00 PM EDT.
Registration Deadline: October 22, 2015.
Registration cost: $35 per computer terminal (member and nonmember).
Ethernet rather than Wi-Fi highly recommended.
Click here to register or for more information.

Opportunities to Pause:

Information regarding retreats, sabbaticals, and other opportunities for relaxation and renewal will be posted in this section as they become available.

For more information, contact:

Xen Riggs,
Director Chaplain Ministries
800-848-2464, ext. 2182

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