Launching The Chaplain Employment Process To Becoming A Chaplain

Chaplain Employment Process Explained

The chaplain employment process is usually dependent upon Chaplain Certification, whereby the chaplain candidate meets the Association of Professional Chaplain Requirements, which qualifies the chaplain to be employed.

College Education And Chaplain Training

College Education is key to becoming a chaplain.  Not just a bachelor degree but a masters degree too.

When these chaplain certification requirements are met through one of the association of professional chaplain organizations, they will qualify you to explore possible chaplain positions, making you more employable as a spiritual caregiver in the chaplaincy profession.

In the chaplain employment process a Board Certified Chaplain (<acronym title="Board Certified Chaplain">BCC</acronym> in Association Of Professional Chaplain lingo) has completed the following requirements on the way to chaplain employment:

Demonstration of Competencies Essay

For chaplain certification, the Association of Professional Chaplain, asks you to write and submit an essay that demonstrates your competence in each of the following four areas lsited below.

Whether chaplain employment is as a hospital chaplain, a hospice chaplain, or even as an a workplace/industrial chaplain, these basic competencies will be required to meet the spiritual care duties of a professional chaplain.

Personal Competence 

The standards for the professional chaplain may change in their verbiage, yet these were the expectations when I began my journey toward chaplaincy.

  • Awareness of an ability to fulfill personal growth
  • Ability to understand and articulate relevant aspects of one's history and personality, and the manner in which these are reflected in one's behavior and relationships
  • Ability to effectively utilize one's authority in relationships

Pastoral Competence 

  • An awareness of strengths and limitations in ministry to various types of persons and situations.
  • Familiarity with and integration of various pastoral functions.
  • Ability to provide leadership in pastoral care within an institution and community with diverse faith and cultural traditions.
  • The ability to integrate the insights of theology and the behavioral sciences into pastoral care assessments and practice.
  • The ability to describe one's model of spiritual assessment, plans of care, and demonstrable outcomes.

Professional Competence As A Career Chaplain

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships.
  • Satisfactory understanding of the principles and procedures of management, including budgeting, personnel supervision, quality improvement.
  • Conceptualization and development of a comprehensive job description.
  • Ability to articulate the relationship of the Department of Pastoral Care to other professionals and departments within one's institution (may utilize an Organizational Chart in the description).
  • Ability to develop a comprehensive program of services appropriate to the setting of one's ministry.
  • Ability to discern and involve oneself with ethical issues relevant to the setting in which one's ministry is practiced, including familiarity with the APC Guidelines for the Chaplain's Role in Health Care Ethics.
  • Ability to conceptualize and communicate theologically the meaning of the crises experienced by persons in the setting in which one ministers.

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