• Should you become a Board Certified Chaplain?
    • What has God placed on your heart? Do you feel called to ministry? Do you care about people in need and have compassion towards others? If you answer yes to these questions then you should definitely pursue a career as a chaplain. As a chaplain, you can offer them hope, healing, and strength through your loving presence in their times of greatest need.
  • What kind of background do I need to become a chaplain?
    • Chaplains come from many diverse backgrounds such as health care, education, pastoral ministry, social work, Christian counseling, and many other careers in the business and non-profit organizations. Most will speak of the common tug of their own religious calling to ministry, to be with and make a difference in the lives of those who experience life’s most challenging and painful moments, and to witness to God’s healing presence in the midst of suffering.
  • What is the difference in a pastor and a chaplain?
    • Generally speaking, most pastor’s duties are with their congregation both in and out of their churches while a chaplain works outside the walls of a church. Chaplains minister to anyone they come in contact with especially during a crisis. The good Samaritan is a perfect example in Luke 10:25-37.
  • How would I know if I’m called to be a chaplain?
    • Just being on this website and reading these responses means that you have a heart to help and serve others in a caring compassionate way. If you have that internal hunger and desire to bring compassion and the practical expression of God’s love to others you should continue on your journey of researching the ministry of chaplaincy. A good place to start would be to complete the Chaplaincy Certification Program to see if that opens doors of ministry for you.
  • So what does a chaplain do?
    • The core of the chaplain’s ministry is being a compassionate, pastoral presence to those who are suffering and to those who serve as caregivers, such as family and staff. Chaplains hear an incredible array of life stories in their daily ministries. A chaplain assesses the spiritual care a patient might need, provides spiritual care programs and services, facilitates ethical decision-making, is part of interdisciplinary care teams, and works with other leaders to cultivate a culture of spirituality within the organization which he or she serves. The work of a Chaplain is a richly blessed and rewarding ministry.
  • Are there positions available and is there a demand for chaplains?
    • There is a broad demand for chaplains in both voluntary service and paid positions. Many current chaplains are retired and seeking a ministry in which they can use their skills and heartfelt compassion to serve others. There are positions available for people who are qualified and have the proper credentials.
  • How would I get started?
    • One of the best ways to get started is to “sit in on” one or two of the introductory sessions of the ACAs Chaplaincy Certification Program. We could also connect you with current members of ACA and you could personally ask them questions and discuss the future that you would like to have as a chaplain. Contact us either by phone or through the website email and let us know your desires. We will follow up and match you as closely as possible with the area of chaplaincy that you seek.
  • Who do I contact ACA about my interest and desires to participate in the Chaplaincy Certification Program or to contact ACA?
    • You can contact us by email through the “Contact Us” link or by calling our number is that on the website.