We are grateful for the wonderful support that has come from churches to chaplains, military members and their families. Many churches have connected with individual chaplains through our office as they were seeking ways to support deployed military members.
FOUR CHAPLAINS APPEAL
We are inviting churches across all four denomination to consider taking up a special offering for our pastoral care of chaplains on Sunday, 1 February 2015. All funds raised during this appeal will go only for the care of Chaplains and their families, those who are on the front lines of caring for our military members and veterans.
Here is a link to a YouTube Video that you may use as appropriate. Four Chaplains Video Appeal
Here is a link to a Four Chaplains Sunday bulletin insert that can be used in conjunction with the video or as a stand-alone resource. Four Chaplains Sunday Insert
OTHER WAYS YOUR CHURCH CAN PARTNER WITH US:
Here is a collection of resources you may want to look at to help your church map out a ministry to military and help assist military and VA chaplains in your community.
This is an article that demonstrate the need for support for our military personnel and families: Caring for Military Families
A few helpful websites are the following:
Operation Shoe Box
You and your church can send a box of helpful articles for our troops.
“Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War”
Dr. Rita Brock was our 2013 Chaplain Training Conference speaker and author of this wonderful book looking at the issue of Moral Injury.
“Welcome them Home, Help them Heal”
Explains the psychological and spiritual stress experienced by military personnel, suggests interventions for churches, and offers assessment tools and bibliographies. The book is written by a VA Chaplain/Navy Reserve Chaplain and other health care providers in a VA center. We have used it in church conferences and at chaplain training conferences.
A resource for civilian clergy on ministry to families affected by military deployment; especially useful for churches located in military communities or in areas where members serve in reserve or national guard units. It is also an excellent tool for use in working with veteran groups.
Military Family Program
Military Family Program was compiled by spouses at the Army War College. This source, constantly updated, has information on almost any topic relevant to military families.
National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is a non-profit advocacy group for military families. They also have useful publications and links.
To help a returning military member find medical resources:
Pray for our military members who have been wounded and those transitioning from a war environment to peace:
Support the work of the PCCMP.
The PCCMP is a joint ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, and the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad. As a joint ministry of these four denominations, we only receive less than 50% of our operating funds from these General Assemblies and Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Consider taking a special offering to support our work. Funds provided to the PCCMP will help in the following areas.
1. We provide the ecclesiastical endorsement of ministers and ecclesiastical approval for seminarians interested in ministry with the military or the Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Ecclesiastical endorsement is the verification of professional and ecclesiastical qualifications of religious ministry professionals for appointment in the military services or in the Department of Veteran Affairs and is established by federal law and government directives. Ecclesiastical approval is a device to allow seminarians to participate in military chaplain candidate programs.
- We work with ministers/seminarians in coordination with their presbyteries (COM/COPM or other appropriate authority) to discern if military/VA ministry is a part of their calling.
- We evaluate ministers/seminarians suitability to work with the military/Department of Veteran Affairs.
2. We provide for the pastoral care of our chaplains, chaplain candidates, and their families.
- We visit chaplains wherever they are to support them in their work. We typically meet their commanders and help commanders understand the unique role chaplains play in the military system.
- We provide training opportunities for chaplains at annual training conferences. We provide feedback and guidance to our chaplains as they engage an ever-changing work environment.
- We intervene on behalf of our chaplains when there are issues between church and military requirements that are not easily resolved.