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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.

MONTREAT UPDATE 7 August 2020Beginning next Monday, August 10, we will gather for our annual training and credentialing event. Some of us will be at Montreat and many more will join virtually.

Here is the final schedule. All times are Eastern. We plan to be virtual for all sessions highlighted in yellow.

For those joining virtually there are two options

1. Zoom – Please check your email for specific information or contact Lyman Smith.

2. Facebook – we plan to stream live during our virtual sessions. We have created a Private Facebook Group – Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies. Ask to join and we will approve.

We plan to record the virtual sessions and will make them available after the meetings.

Rather than have our 2nd Thursday virtual meeting in August, we invite all to join us for the content session live from Montreat on August 13. We will start at 1130 Eastern and will go for 90 minutes. 

UPDATED 13 April 2020: In 2020, we had planned two Credentialing and Training events for all our PCCMP Federal Chaplains, but due to closures from the Coronavirus, we have had to cancel the West Coast Calvin Crest event. 

We are still planning for the 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. 

UPDATED JUNE 5, 2020 Please click on the following update…

(MOI) Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event 2020 Update

UPDATED May 1, 2020: All alternative in person credentialing events have been canceled for 2020 as noted below. 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.) – Virtual assembly in June 2020 – no in-person gathering in Baltimore. The assembly will now take place over three days – Convene – June 19; recess to permit committee work and conclude with two days of virtual meetings June 26 and 27. Please see the link below for more information and details.

Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America – Canceled for 2020 and rescheduled for Louisville, Ky, June 2021.

Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad – Canceled for 2020 and rescheduled Orlando, FL, May 4-6, 2021 

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


New as of April 30, 2020: With gratitude to the presenters listed below, the previously recorded presentation “MORAL RESILIENCE IN MEDICAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19″ Webinar Training is offered via the following link: Access Password: E5@20J^?

Download PDF Webinar Outline and Resources Handout:

Webinar Overview: Moral injury is happening all around us as COVID-19 ravages lives all across the nation. Our medical teams are especially at risk. We are here to help, in real time, by providing information about what kinds of things put people at risk, how to maintain moral resilience in the crisis, and what can be done in the aftermath to help people process their experiences. Participants in this online discussion will receive information in a “tool kit” for coping in the midst of the pandemic and after.

Presented by

Dr. Rita Brock
Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center
at Volunteers of America

Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in
the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the
School of Nursing

Moderated by Rev. Dr. Al Boyce
Chaplain, Volunteers of America Northern New England

NEW as of April 14, 2020: “Crisis Support in the Midst of a Pandemic” PRESENTED BY: South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program

 Please click on the link to begin training:



  • Guidance Letter on Providing Pastoral Care for Same Sex Couples 
  • Guidance Letter on Maintaining Professional Relationships
  • Chaplains must maintain good standing with their presbytery. Please keep your presbytery updated as to your contact information and any reports or training required by them. 
  • Chaplains hosting endorser visits should work with their command and review Endorser Visits to Military Installations Guidance.
  • Actively serving chaplains are required to attend the PCCMP Annual Training and Credentialing Event at least once every three years 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 of each year, please submit a completed annual report to the PCCMP. Fillable PDF forms are available below. 
  • Please inform the PCCMP of any changes to your residence, assignments or other pertinent information. 
  • Please prayerfully consider supporting the PCCMP with a portion of your tithe. 
  • All PCUSA military chaplains separating or retiring from the military should submit their DD 214 to the PCCMP 
  • 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.

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