Chaplaincy Ministries

The EPC recognizes chaplaincy as one of the varieties of callings within the office of Minister of the Word:

"A court of the Church, a hospital, the military, institutions, universities, or other appropriate fields of service may call a Teaching Elder as Chaplain if the Presbytery deems it appropriate. In such cases, the Chaplain shall always have as a primary responsibility the sharing of the Good News of God in Jesus Christ." (EPC Book of Government 9-5E).

The military and some other institutions require that chaplains be endorsed by their denominations. EPC-ordained ministers and candidates under care may receive denominational endorsement through the General Assembly's Chaplains Work and Care Committee and Chaplain Endorser. The EPC is a member of Chaplain's Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Chaplains who wish to transfer endorsement to the EPC from other denominations should follow the process outlined in the Ministerial Vocation Transfer of Ordination page, but also must be received as a member of an EPC Presbytery.

To begin the endorsement process, see the appropriate section below. Applications forms can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Stated Clerk at epchurch@epc.org.

MILITARY CHAPLAINCY 

 

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview, and endorsement process. If approved, the EPC Chaplain Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the Chief of Chaplains Office of the appropriate branch of the military.

Prior to ordination, EPC Candidates Under Care may be endorsed as a Chaplain Candidate and attend Candidates School. In most cases, the military requires experience serving in pastoral ministry before receiving an Active Duty commission. The application process for endorsement includes the following steps:

  • Application for Military Chaplaincy Form
  • Personal Information Form (PIF)
  • Five written and phone references (provided in your PIF)
  • Physicians report on your physical health (no older than six months)
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)
  • The PREPARE/ENRICH test (for candidate and spouse)
  • Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee
  • Phone interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

For more information and to request application forms for military chaplaincy, or if you have any questions, contact the Office of the Stated Clerk at epchurch@epc.org.

INSTITUTIONAL CHAPLAINCY 

 

Institutional chaplains serve in local police and fire departments, corporate environments, medical care facilities, and other non-military settings. Some hospitals and other institutions require chaplains to have denominational endorsement. The EPC works with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and their certification affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) and the Veterans Administration (VA). Contact the appropriate agency directly for certification requirements.

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview, and endorsement process. If approved, the EPC Chaplain Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the appropriate certifying body (NOTE: VA endorsements are provided directly to the endorsee). The application process for endorsement includes the following steps:

  • Application for Institutional Chaplaincy Form
  • Personal Information Form (PIF)
  • Five written and phone references (provided in your PIF)
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee
  • Phone interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee

For more information and to request application forms for institutional chaplaincy, or if you have any questions, contact the Office of the Stated Clerk at epchurch@epc.org.

RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS 

 

EPC Chaplaincy Procedure Manual

Ministry Policy for EPC Chaplains Dealing with Individuals Who Practice Homosexual Behavior and Claim Homosexual Identity

Specific Guidance for EPC Chaplains Regarding Ministry to Same-Sex Couples (revised June 2016)

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