Chaplaincy Ministries

A Call to Chaplaincy

The EPC recognizes chaplaincy as one of the varieties of callings within the office of Minister of the Word:

"A court of the Church, a hospital, the military, institutions, universities, or other appropriate fields of service may call a Minister as Chaplain if the Presbytery deems it appropriate. In such cases, the Minister shall always have as his primary duty the sharing of the Good News of God in Jesus Christ." (Government 10-3E).

The military and some other institutions require that chaplains be endorsed by their denominations. EPC-ordained ministers and candidates under care may receive denominational endorsement through the General Assembly's Chaplains Work and Care Committee and Chaplain Endorser. The EPC is a member of Chaplain's Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Chaplains who wish to transfer endorsement to the EPC from other denominations follow the process outlined below, but must also be received as a member of an EPC Presbytery.

Information on transferring ordination.

To begin the endorsement process, see the information below and contact the with questions and to request application forms.


Military Chaplaincy

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview and endorsement process.  If approved, the Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the Chief of Chaplains Office of the appropriate branch of the military.

Prior to ordination, EPC Candidates Under Care may be endorsed as a Chaplain Candidate and attend Candidates School. In most cases, the military requires experience serving in pastoral ministry before receiving an Active Duty commission.

The application process for endorsement includes the following steps:
  1. Application for Military Chaplaincy Form 
  2. Personal Information Form (PIF)
  3. Five written references and three phone references 
  4. Physicians report on your physical health (no older than six months) 
  5. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) 
  6. The PREPARE/ENRICH test (for candidate and spouse) 
  7. Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee
  8. Phone interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

Contact the with questions and to request application forms for military chaplaincy.


Institutional Chaplaincy

Some hospitals and other institutions require chaplains to have denominational endorsement. The EPC works with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and their certification affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) and the Veterans Administration (VA). Contact the appropriate agency directly for certification requirements.

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview and endorsement process.  If approved, the Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the appropriate certifying body (NOTE: VA endorsements are provided directly to the endorsee).

The application process for endorsement includes the following steps:
  1. Application for Institutional Chaplaincy Form 
  2. Personal Information Form (PIF) 
  3. Five written references and three phone references 
  4. Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee. 
  5. Phone interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

Contact the with questions and to request application forms for institutional chaplaincy.

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