Military Chaplaincy, Pt. 1


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Isaiah 55:1-3 which says, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Billy Graham. He said, “We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.”

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 1)

Chaplains are found in many settings. Some settings have a long history of chaplaincy and others are relatively new. Each setting possesses unique opportunities for ministry but also presents unique issues and challenges. The next few chapters will elaborate on several chaplain ministry settings, exploring the background, certification and employment requirements, compensation, and job responsibilities. We will begin with an in-depth look at the oldest and most regulated form of chaplaincy—military chaplaincy. All other forms of chaplaincy have been modeled and legally legitimized on its model. The remainder of the chapters in this section will consider other settings based upon similarities and difference to the military chaplaincy.

Military chaplains serve in all branches of the armed forces—Army, Sea Services (Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard), and the Air Force—and in all components within the military: active duty, reserves, and National Guard. Seminarians who are in the reserves or National Guard may serve as chaplain candidates prior to graduation and ordination. Military chaplains are also the chaplains who minister to and in various branches of the federal government.

Although congressional criteria and the demands of the political, social, and cultural landscape, change from time to time, chaplains must meet basic educational, religious, physical, and federal requirements in order to serve in the military. Because each branch and service component of the military also has its own particular needs, each will also have some minor differences in qualification requirements. Exceptions can be found to most qualifications, particularly when the need for chaplains outweighs a ready supply, such as during a protracted or unpopular war or in underrepresented population groups. However, there is a minimum standard shared by all branches.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— 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.”

God bless.


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.

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