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Institutional Chaplains

Institutional Chaplains

The Alliance institutional chaplaincy needs committed, trained persons to address the spiritual needs of lost people in a wide variety of service sites—hospitals, nursing homes, state and county correctional facilities, police and fire departments, the Civil Air Patrol, recreational vehicle (RV) campgrounds, and other settings.

Institutional chaplaincy is one of The Alliance’s most dynamic, effective means to reach hurting and disenfranchised people. Those who serve in this capacity receive specialized training and possess unique skill sets that equip them to engage unchurched people.

Chaplains regard themselves as missionaries sent by The Alliance to extend the love of Christ to a lost and dying world. In many ways, they become the face of Jesus to those who might not see Him in another human being. The chaplain’s calling is best summed up in the words of an Old Testament prophet:

“To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3, NKJV).


Academic Requirements
  • Graduation from an accredited seminary or graduate school with a master of divinity degree
  • Licensed and ordained or consecrated with The Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Following ordination/consecration, two years of Alliance licensed ministry prior to endorsement; the C&MA’s endorsement and application process prepares candidates to apply to an armed forces branch (Army, Navy, Air Force) of their choice. Endorsement for federal prison and VA hospital ministry is fulfilled through the same application process.
The Process
  • The first step to serve as an Alliance chaplain is to become a licensed official worker through an Alliance district; much of this process can be accomplished while completing a master of divinity degree.
  • The application process for endorsement can be undertaken prior to the completion of other chaplaincy requirements (paperwork may be delayed until ministry requirements are fulfilled). The Alliance Chaplain Ministries (ACM) executive director processes all applications.
  • Once an application is completed and the district office has sent a solid recommendation approved by the ACM executive director, it is completed and forwarded to the chaplaincy area where the candidate has selected to serve. It is then presented to the Chaplain Accessions Board (for the military); the denominational endorser and the applicant are notified when the selection process is complete. This may take three to six months.

Interested in becoming a institutional chaplain?

Contact Chaplain Phyllis Fitzwater BCCC, BCPC, CDVS, Institutional Chaplain Endorser

Email Phyllis