FAQ Visiting Chaplains 3
Do you see a need for Chaplain services in addiction recovery centers?

I have served as a pastor in addiction recovery settings. The staff were always glad to see me and seemed thankful I was visiting their clients. As a chaplain you will have an opportunity to share your services with all their clients and get paid for doing it. The introduction of your services and the value of your visits will be best sold to the facility without a hard sell. I would suggest finding a partner, a coach to guide you through the onboarding process of new clients.

I'm just confirming that I will have access to the chaplain lessons the first week of August and will be notified by email. Sorry to be a bother, but I don't want to miss this training. Thank you.

We plan on having videos and training available August 5th and we will notify you at that time. 

I am interested to know about being recognized as a board certified chaplain. And if the certification is recognized nationally with hospitals and hospices? Thank you.

Every employment opportunity, every business, every health care center, government agency, has a group of people determining what their standards will be for hiring chaplains. Those requirements are not the same from place to place. 

I served in youth detention facilities as a chaplain before I was ordained. I also served as an Army Chaplain. The government has very high academic, pastoral experience and denominational standards. The staff at the facility where you hope to serve make their own determinations. 

At Visiting Chaplains we are selling chaplain visits to the open market. Hospitals have more stringent standards. Hospice requirements are less stringent. 

Our business model will open most doors as we have copied the military model. Meaning: we have the churches sending a letter to endorse the chaplains faith commitment, a national non-profit offering certification, faith based schools offering bible education and our website offering accredited education. https://visitingchaplains.com/our-company/  All four of these groups work together and stand behind the Board Certified Chaplain status of our chaplains. It is the same four layered model for processing military chaplains. It's as good as it gets. 

Bottom line: no agency in America sets the standards for the term and use of the office of chaplaincy. Every institution handles this independently. 

Our class covers some of my answer in depth in a lesson called The Chaplaincy in American Life: Past, Present and Future

Do I need to be an ordained Minister to become a Chaplain?

No you do not.

Every system has a group determining what their standards will be for chaplains. I was an Army Chaplain and they had very high standards. Doing one on one visitation has fairly low standards. Businesses haven't thought this through and our program will position our candidates to have entry into most businesses. 

We are offering an entry level opportunity where we mentor people who feel called into ministry, even those who are not ordained.

How do I become board certified?

I pulled this answer off our own website here: https://visitingchaplains.com/chaplain-enrollment/

Steps to Entering the Chaplaincy

  1. Step One: Enter into dialogue with us using the form below or by enrolling in our $120 Course.
  2. Step Two: After finishing the course, you will be given instructions for securing a background check ($38.95 paid to www.criminalwatchdog.com)
  3. Step Three: Once your background check is in process, please click to schedule your 30-45 minute phone appointment($75 paid to NSC)

Your candidacy is managed by National Service Charity and sent to us once complete.

What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

We have no prerequisites for our introductory course. It is a first step.

You then get a background check, an interview with National Service Charity and then they charge you with the responsibility and title of Chaplain

We then take over the responsibility to mentor you and help you secure your first jobs (visits) as a chaplain. 

There are no prerequisites for our first course. 

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