Chaplains

If you currently serve as an endorsed chaplain or chaplain candidate, this section is to help you.  We have listed here information that you need to navigate policies, and guidance.  Also listed here are resources and report forms that will help you and your ministry.

Chaplain Training and Credentialing Convocation

In 2017, the PCCMP’s Training Course will be held at the PCUSA’s conference center in   Montreat, NC, from 7-11 August. Monday the 7th and Friday the 11th will be travel days. Our trainer will be Dr. Mark Douglas, Professor of Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary. The topic will be just war and just peacemaking in the current age. Our worship leader and preacher will be Dr. Jerry Cannon, pastor of the C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.

Notes from the 2014 Training  Conference.  Resiliency by Chaplain Mark Smith (Captain, USN).  Due to the size of the files, this has been divided into three parts:  2014 PCCMP Training 1 to 15, 2014 PCCMP Training 16 to 22, 2014 PCCMP Training 23 to 30.

Notes from 2013 Training Conference: Moral Injury and Soul Repair Chaplains Montreat slides from Dr. Rita Brock’s presentation.

Young Adult Ministry Resources and Connections

Rob Fohr, the Young Adult Catalyst, for the Presbyterian Mission Agency has been a strong advocate for us in our ministry to Young Adults serving in the Armed Forces.  He is open to sharing ideas and resources and if you wish to contact him; his email is:  Rob.Fohr@pcusa.org 

The Young Adult Ministry Website is http://whatsnextwhatsnow.org/

Opportunities for post-chaplaincy ministry

In this section, we have posted opportunities for ministry that have been passed along to us by churches and other organizations. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented here; we are merely passing along what was sent to us. Further, we assume that you will follow the policies of your denomination in seeking a call. Click here for page.

Policy and Guidance

  • Guidance Letter on Providing Pastoral Care for Same Sex Couples 
  • Guidance Letter on Maintaining Professional Relationships
  • Chaplains must maintain good standing with their home presbyteries. Please keep your home presbytery updated as to your contact information and any reports or training required by them. Failure to maintain your relationship with presbytery may result in the withdrawal of your endorsement. VA chaplains are highly encouraged to maintain their presbytery membership where assigned.
  • Chaplains hosting our endorser visits should work with their command section and review Endorser Visits to Military Installations Guidance.
  • Active Duty Military Chaplains are required to attend the PCCMP Annual Training and Credentialing Convocations as mission and funding allows. Reserve, Guard, and VA chaplains are highly encouraged to attend if possible. If commanders cannot provide TDY/TAD funds, we highly encourage the use of permissive TDY/TAD to allow military members to attend training.
  • New Change:  You are required to submit an annual report to the PCCMP on your birth month.
    Active Duty Chaplain Report
    - Reserve/Guard Chaplain Report
    - VA Chaplain Report
  •  Activated chaplains are required to update contact information with the PCCMP office as soon as practical when PCSing. (Permanent Change of Station).
  • Chaplains are encouraged to support the PCCMP at ½% of their annual income.
  • All chaplains separating or retiring from the military are required to submit their DD 214 to the PCCMP for their permanent record
  • Reserve and Guard Chaplains may find this “Sample Mobilization Agreement” useful when working with churches or institutions.  Sample Mobilization Agreement.

 

Other Useful Information and Resources

Note: Posting of these websites in no way constitutes an endorsement by the PCCMP of their content or a guarantee of their usefulness.

 Link to Military Chaplains Association (MCA)

Link to a website that provides resources for students who are veterans: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/online-universities-and-colleges/military/