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Specialized Chaplaincy Overview

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Industrial, Workplace, Other Specialized Areas

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Specialized Chaplaincy Overview

Industrial/Workplace

What better place to minister to people than where they spend the bulk of their day? The workplace is a fertile mission field full of lost and hurting people who need to hear about Jesus.

There is a growing need for industrial and workplace chaplains as corporations continue to see the relevance of such services and the impact they have on the atmosphere of their companies and morale of their employees. Some corporations allow chaplains to conduct services for employees who must work on Sundays. Other corporations are enlisting the help of chaplains to ease workplace stress and build camaraderie.

Many industrial and workplace chaplains minister through Bible studies, one-on-one prayer meetings, counseling and by making themselves available as good listeners and counselors to those in need.

The chaplain is not a mediator between management and employees. Instead, chaplains are pastors to many people who have little or no contact with a church. Another crucial role the chaplain plays is connecting people with local churches where they can connect with other believers and be discipled.

Specialized Areas

Chaplains serve at airports, racetracks, rescue missions, rodeos, motorcycle rallies, schools and truck stops. In keeping with ministry being done the way Jesus did it, these chaplains will go most anywhere so others will know Christ.

A chaplain’s motto could be summed up with 1 Corinthians 9:19. “…I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible” (NIV).

Indeed. Motorcycle chaplains usually wear leather, ride fully equipped cruising motorcycles and mingle with some of the nation’s hard-core motorcycle communities. These chaplains love the Lord and have a passion to reach other bikers for Christ. The same is true for rodeo chaplains—they’re genuine cowboys complete with horses, hats and chaps. Trucker chaplains drive tractor-trailers. Each week they travel from truck stop to truck stop in search of truckers who are in need of spiritual help. On many days trucker chaplains conduct worship services in their trailers, which have been converted into sanctuaries complete with pews, communion shelves and hymnals. Racetrack chaplains minister to the men and women who live and work in the shadows of the glitz and glamour of the racetracks. In particular, chaplains concentrate on those who work in the stable areas, bringing the news that they as individuals are important to God.

Chaplains who serve in these and other specialized areas have invested much time in building strong relationships with those they are trying to reach with the gospel. It’s usually not enough to just want to minister to these people; chaplains must become one of them. Wherever and for whatever reason people gather, chaplains will be there.

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Specialized Chaplaincy Requirements

For Chaplaincy Applicants

Download application for ecclesiastical approval or endorsement in the following ministries:

Dayspring Chaplaincy Application

These forms (in PDF format) require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, fill-in, and print the forms. Please sign and return completed forms, discussion materials, $45 application fee and a current professional quality photo (4x6 or 5x7). Remember to have official transcripts from all colleges and seminaries sent to us as well.

Specialized Chaplaincy Requirements

Specialized settings include aviation, corporate, motorcycle, political, racetrack, rescue mission, rodeo, sports, and trucking chaplains as well as many others. In keeping with the example displayed by Jesus Christ, these chaplains will go almost anywhere so that others will know Christ.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Ecclesiastical endorsement is the written acknowledgement by a faith group/denomination that an individual is in good standing and meets the qualifications for clergy credentials with their faith group/denomination. Generally speaking, major institutions, federal/state correctional systems, and healthcare facilities require that chaplains and pastoral counselors have the endorsement of their respective faith group/denomination. The Dayspring Chaplains have adopted the following criteria for endorsement.

ADVANCED CHAPLAINCY ENDORSEMENT

  • Ordination
  • 2 years pastoral experience
  • MDIV (or its equivalent) with an institution accredited with Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • 4 Units of CPE preferred, amount determined by hiring agency
  • Active, full-time paid chaplaincy position
  • Eligible for certification with professional organization
  • References including one from their District
  • Background check
  • Credit check
  • Approval by Endorser
  • Interview with the Commission on Chaplains

STANDARD CHAPLAINCY ENDORSEMENT

  • Ordination
  • 2 years pastoral experience
  • Education as required by hiring agency
  • CPE as required by hiring agency
  • Be an active, paid chaplain working full or part time in a chaplaincy ministry.
  • References including one from their District
  • Background check
  • Credit check
  • Approval by Endorser
  • Interview with the Commission on Chaplains

BASIC CHAPLAINCY ENDORSEMENT

  • General Council or District level credentials
  • Ministry experience
  • Education as required by hiring agency
  • References including one from their District
  • Background check
  • Credit check
  • Personal interview with a representative of the Department
  • Approval given by endorser
  • Ratification by Commission on Chaplains

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Specialized Chaplaincy

Credentialed by the Evangelical Christian Church Worldwide. (If missionary appointment is needed, license or ordination is required ).

Two years of ministry with experience in conducting: baptisms, communion services, weddings, funerals, and death notifications.     

Willingness to provide spiritual support for individuals of all faiths.

Make application to the Dayspring Chaplaincy Department for Endorsement. Level of endorsement is determined by the Chaplaincy Department and is based upon education, ministerial credentials, and employment status. (See Endorsement Levels.)

Interview with Dayspring Chaplain Board or Chaplaincy Representative, depending on Endorsement Level.

Most specialized chaplains have to raise their own support and must obtain National U.S. Missionary appointment. See website for U.S. Missions requirements 


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