Military Chaplaincy, Part 2
Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Hebrews 13:1 which says, “Let brotherly love continue.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Albert Schweitzer. He said, “A man is ethical only when the life of his fellow men is sacred to him, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.”
In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.
Our topic today is: Military Chaplaincy (Part 2)
— Credentialed Religious Leader
A chaplain to the military is a fully credentialed religious leader within a particular religious body who is ‘loaned” to the military as an “ambassador” of that faith body. The endorsing body, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the particular branch of the military to which one wishes to be a chaplain set entry level and continuing employment criteria.
Chaplains are first and foremost representatives of their own particular faith group and must be “endorsed” by an organization (the religious endorsing body) that meets three basic criteria established by the DoD. First, the organization must have 501(c)3 not-for-profit status; second, it must have a current candidate for military chaplaincy; and third, it must have a lay constituency. Because the United States seems to be moving more and more away from strict denominationalism into a more nondenominational, interdenominational, or even independent church movement, the DoD has authorized some “umbrella” endorsing bodies (e.g., National Association of Evangelicals, Evangelical Church Alliance, The World Council of Independent Christian Churches).
The DoD has set minimum educational and practical requirements that candidates must meet within their endorsing body prior to being approved as a chaplain for post-graduate military service. Educationally, chaplains are currently required to have 72 semester hours of graduate school work (with no less than 36 hours in theology) from an academic institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
In terms of practical requirements, prospective chaplains are expected to have two years of civilian ministerial experience and meet the criteria for “ordination” to serve as a religious leader within their endorsing body. As long as the DoD’s minimum educational requirement is met, the endorsing body has the prerogative to define the requirements for ordination and endorsement within their own faith group.
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.