As participants in Missio Dei, the sending of God, Chaplains go where the people are, much like Jesus did as He traveled ministering along the seashore, in the mountains, throughout the cities and in the small outlying communities.
Chaplains are ministers that have chosen to minister to the people of God outside of the traditional church setting, usually the workplace or a specific secular community where people spend most of their lives.
Many times they serve a population of people who are unable to receive traditional church provided ministry due to time, physical, and travel requirements. Chaplains tend to minister to groups of people from many different religious beliefs, faiths and people who do not have a religious preference or faith at all.
Chaplains share many of the same skill sets and competencies with Pastors and Missionaries. They all have received and responded to a special call of God. Their applications of ministry are administered in similar way, through teaching, providing pastoral care, witnessing to their own faith and being advocates for the people of God.
Chaplains serve in many capacities including:
- Pastoral Care
- Pastoral Counseling
- Ceremonial Duties Such as Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and Invocations
- Trauma Response
- Grief Care and Counseling
- Leading Services and Devotionals
- Spiritual, Mental, Social, and Physical Well-Being of the Community They Serve