Military Chaplaincy, Part 6

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Matthew 5:43-45 which says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Henry Ward Beecher. He said, “God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men’s weaknesses.”

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 6)

— Chaplain Candidacy

Chaplain candidates are a special category of military chaplains who function as intern trainees within the military while they are fulltime seminarians. The military criteria for being approved as a chaplain candidate are much less stringent than being approved for fulltime or reserve chaplaincy. However, the endorsing body has first say on who represents it in this capacity. Endorsing bodies often require only that a candidate be a member in “good standing” of their religious body. Such “good standing” is usually determined by the candidate holding membership in the local faith community and actively participating in that community’s life. Participation is commonly attested by a letter of reference from the senior clergy and through an interview by another chaplain or representative of the endorsing body.