| Veterans Affairs: Becoming A Military Chaplain Candidate
AGTS has a rich heritage with providing those seeking to minister as Chaplains in our military and institutions with an incredibly enriching experience. Currently there are over 100 AGTS alumni who are serving in the Armed Forces as Chaplains and regularly about 40 students who are Chaplain Candidates preparing for that same ministry. Whether it be the emphasis on Spirit empowered ministry, the quality educational depth grown in throughout your academic studies, the rich relationships and ministry opportunities available to the dozens of Chaplain Candidates at AGTS, or courses and interaction with the Assemblies of God military endorser, the Military Chaplaincy program at AGTS facilitates in helping Chaplain Candidates grow in their calling and be better prepared for future ministry.
There are several steps necessary to become a military chaplain candidate. It is good to start, since there can be a considerable amount of paperwork and requirements involved.
Three paths to become a Chaplain
in the U.S. Military:
There are three paths that must be simultaneously navigated to
become a Chaplain in the U.S. military. Each path requires
separate coordination, paperwork and relationships with key personnel.
This document strives to outline the process and provide contact
warmly embraces Chaplain Candidates from other denominations. The
process will be similar for our brothers and sisters in other denominations;
denominational specific contact information can be easily substituted
throughout this document
Education: The military
requires at least 72 credit hours that result in a masters
degree from an accredited institution. God has established
and proven AGTS on the highest level of any accredited institution,
equivalent to Harvard or Yale.
Master of Divinity – The Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree is 78 credit hours. Check with the registrar’s office to see if you qualify for any transfer credits. Transfer credit has even been awarded for military courses, such as an officer basic course.
72 Credit Hour Track – Different denominations have different requirements for Chaplaincy. The military requires at least 72 credit hours from an accredited theological institution that results in a master’s degree. The AG Chaplaincy Department highly recommends an MDIV or an MDIV equivalency. Website: http://chaplaincy.ag.org/
- Ministry Credentials: In order to become
an AG Chaplain Candidate, applicants must have at least initiated
the ministerial credentialing process with an AG District Council.
To become an AG Chaplain, applicants must be an AG ordained minister.
For the AG, ordination takes at least two years from becoming
a licensed minister. Information on the requirements can
be found at the AG Headquarters Website: http://www.ag.org/top/.
District Councils Issue Credentials–AG ministerial
credentials are issued by the different District Councils. The
requirements may vary from district to district. Contact the
District Council office in your area for credentialing information.
You can find AG
District Council contact information under the AG Church
Directory at the AG Headquarters Website: http://www.ag.org/top/ .
Southern Missouri District Council
of the Assemblies of God, Inc.–Some Chaplain
Candidates, who do not already have a relationship with
another district, have developed a relationship with the
S. MO District. If you desire to initiate your credentialing
process with the S. MO District, you can contact them at
(417) 881-1316 or Southern Missouri District Council of
the Assemblies of God, Inc., 528 West Battlefield Road,
Springfield, MO 65807-4100.
Chaplain Candidacy: While attending AGTS, students
are given the opportunity to become a Chaplain Candidate.
of God Head Quarters Ecclesiastical Approval – Ecclesiastical
approval may be given to candidates in a graduate school of
theology or seminary who apply during their first two years
of full-time enrollment and who qualify for
chaplain seminarian programs.
To Become an AG Chaplain Candidate - Applicants
can contact Barbara Jaffe via phone: (417)
862-2781, extension 3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
General Council of the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions, Chaplaincy
Ministries, Attention: Barbara Jaffe, 1445 N. Boonville
Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65802-1894. The
applicant must have ministry credentials or be in the process
of gaining ministry credentials with the AG and be working
toward ordination. You may check the FAQ at http://chaplaincy.ag.org for
the most current information.
Chaplain Recruiter – To learn about the requirements
to become officially commissioned as a military officer contact
a Chaplain Recruiter:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement – To become an AG Chaplain, ecclesiastical endorsement must be granted by the Commission on Chaplains. They interview applicants who are ordained and meet all the requirements. To be endorsed by the AG for active duty, applicants are expected to have at least two years of pastoral experience. Upon completion of the educational requirements, ordination, and commissioning as an officer in your branch of service, an application for ecclesiastical endorsement from the Military/Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy Ministries Department must be completed. This process can again be accomplished through Barbara Jaffe: (417) 862-2781, extension 3281. You may also refer to the Chaplain Application Forms at
We, at AGTS, sincerely join you in praying and believing God
for His guidance and direction in following His calling to become
a military Chaplain. If there is any way I may be of further
assistance, please feel free to contact me at (417) 268-1041
or email@example.com .
In His Service,
Friday, May 27, 2011 9:23 AM