Chaplaincy and Care Ministry 2020 Overview

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Here is the overview of the Chaplaincy and Care Ministry from the upcoming 2020 Annual Report that will be featured in the Banner (Dec. 2020 issue).

Chaplaincy and Care Ministry endorses 153 chaplains throughout the United States and Canada—in the military, health care, workplaces, and many other areas—serving people in crisis or in spiritual distress. Through training, support, and advocacy, Chaplaincy and Care Ministry empowers chaplains to extend the love of Christ to broken places, encouraging the lonely, listening to the unheard, and comforting the grieving. 

Chaplains make up 10 percent of CRC ordained clergy, serving in 34 states and provinces, 5 overseas military bases, providing ministry to an estimated 2 million people annually.

This past fiscal year, Chaplaincy and Care Ministry recruited and advised 275 students, pastors, and applicants for chaplain ministry, making six college and seminary visits and arranging 66 personal meetings.

Chaplains are specially trained, called and ordained by the church, and sent by Jesus Christ to provide spiritual care to people in pain or spiritual distress beyond the walls of the church. And Chaplaincy and Care Ministry is there supporting these special people and their families by:

  • Assisting candidates through their education and/or specialized training
  • Providing continuing education through conferences, ministry updates, and shared information
  • Promoting chaplaincy and educating the church about institutional ministry
  • A Chaplain Development Fund, which assists current and aspiring chaplains as they meet educational needs

Below you will find two other related documents. 

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