Ron Klimp has served three churches over the course of 21 years in parish ministry. In 1999, he became a chaplain and have loved chaplaincy ever since.
I’ve spent four years in the Army as a Chaplain, and 19 of those months I’ve been deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Many with whom I serve have seen combat all over; Panama, Bosnia, Iraq (the first and second time), as well as Afghanistan. I know several who have six or more deployments in their careers.
If you could spend eight to ten million dollars a year to touch the lives of several hundred thousand hurting individuals with the love of Christ, how would you do it? Putting chaplains in locations where hurting people are congregated might be a choice worth considering.
Check out this article about a CRC pastor involved in chaplaincy work with police officers in central Iowa.
Recent developments in the world of chaplaincy have encouraged a more positive image of the field. Have you observed a greater awareness of and/or appreciation for chaplains?
Rather than being thanked on Memorial Day, we veterans want to join with everyone else to remember and grieve our lost friends. Here are some tips for remembering the lives lost too soon.
The Clinical Pastoral Education program is offered to pastors from both CRC and RCA churches in communities throughout the United States and Canada. Read more about it here.
As a church, it can be hard to know what to say to our veterans or military chaplains. But I encourage you to identify and reach out to the veterans in your congregation. This sample email may help guide you.
Sarah took a chance on an option she had never before considered (working with veterans) and discovered a "passion she didn't know existed." Find her story below!