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 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.


Currently serving chaplains, regardless of status, are required to attend a credentialing event at least once every three years, unless prevented by mission requirements. All currently serving chaplains will be supported in the maintenance of their professional credentials and ecclesiastical standing through attendance and participation in these mandatory events.

In 2020, we will have two Credentialing and Training events for all our PCCMP Federal Chaplains. The first Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event for chaplains residing closer to the West Coast will be held at Calvin Crest near Oakhurst, CA from July 27-31. The 27th and 31st will be travel days. We will gather on Monday evening the 27th for our first time together.

For chaplains residing closer to the East Coast, we will have our second Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC from August 10-14. The 10th and 14th will be travel days. We will gather on Monday evening the 10th for our first time together.

Families are invited and encouraged to attend these Training and Credentialing events. There will be programing provided for children. 

Please mark your calendars! Please check back often for more detailed information.

 Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event 2020 

Additionally, in 2020 alternative mandatory credentialing events are also available to you. Each of the denominations we represent will host their General Assembly in 2020. Chaplains may attend their respective General Assembly and meet the requirements for credentialing. Attendance should be for a minimum of three days. The General Assembly dates and locations are:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – Baltimore MD, June 20-27, 2020 (CCT20B)

Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America – Louisville, KY, June 7-12, 2020 (CCT20L)

Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad – Orlando, FL, May 4-7, 2020 (CCT20O)

For those choosing to attend their respective General Assembly, please let Lyman Smith know by March 1, 2020 in order to incorporate you into the events of the Assembly. 


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.


The Young Adult Ministry Website is


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.


  • 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.
  • Actively serving chaplains are required to attend the PCCMP Annual Training and Credentialing Event as mission and funding permit. If military commanders cannot provide TDY/TAD funds, we highly encourage the use of permissive TDY/TAD to allow military members to attend events.
  • Annual Report Requirement: No Later than 31 December, you are required to submit an annual report to the PCCMP. Reports will be sent to you during the first week of December
  •  Reserve/Guard 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.


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)


Opportunities for Post-Chaplaincy Ministry 

Family & Spouse of Chaplains


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