Chaplaincy and Care Ministry provides ecclesiastical endorsement for chaplains through assessment, training, and supervision of chaplains’ ministries. This document entails the required steps to achieve endorsement through the Christian Reformed Church.
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A Covenant of Joint Supervision is an agreement between a chaplain and their calling church which ensures that chaplains are recognized as ministers and pastors, are supported as persons ordained by the church, and are a genuine extension of the church's ministry.
A Covenant of Joint Supervision is developed by the chaplain and their calling church, and is required for chaplaincy endorsement. Chaplains may use the attached template as a starting point as they create their own Covenant of Joint Supervision.
Chaplaincy training support is available for chaplains-to-be who have a need for additional funds in order to complete Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or other specialized training. Those who have a need should fill out this application in addition to applying for chaplain endorsement.
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.
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.
Check out this article about a CRC pastor involved in chaplaincy work with police officers in central Iowa.
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.