The History of Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy
Chaplains in the Military
From the founding of our nation, Presbyterian Chaplains, along with clergy from many faith groups, have served the Armed Forces of our country with distinction. Early on, however, the need to establish standards for clergy serving in the military became evident; therefore, the religious community and the military established an “Ecclesiastical Endorsement” (certification) for all chaplains serving the men and women in the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense now defines the requirements for all religious leaders who wish to serve as chaplains. The Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy helps our denominations ensure that our ministers meet and maintain DoD standards.
The Founding of the Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy
During World War II, the larger two Presbyterian denominations held endorsement power, while smaller Presbyterian denominations had to associate themselves with one of the larger two in order to provide chaplains. In the 1960′s, the two larger denominations began looking for ways to conduct their ministry more effectively, a process that resulted in the creation of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel in 1973. The initial Council consisted of the Presbyterian Church United States (Southern), the United Presbyterian Church, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, and the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church. Twenty representatives comprised the Council, including the Stated or Principal Clerk, or a designated representative of each denomination.
The Council represents the sponsoring denominations in matters that pertain to the chaplains and the church members serving in the Armed Forces, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Air Patrol. The Council serves as a liaison with the Chiefs of Chaplains of the Army, Navy and the Air Force; with the Department of Veterans Affairs Director of Chaplaincy Services; with the Armed Forces Chaplains Board of the Department of Defense; with the Civil Air Patrol; and with other government agencies as required.
The Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy Today
In 2011, the makeup of the Council changed: the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church withdrew from the Council while the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad joined the Council. The Council works with all four Presbyterian bodies and consults with committees, study groups, and commissions of the denominations. We are participants in the Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy (ECVAC) working with all faiths groups that provide chaplains for the Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2015 the Council also picked up the responsibility to endorse chaplains for the PCUSA and CPC who wished to serve as Federal Prison Chaplains.
If you currently serve as an endorsed chaplain or chaplain candidate, this section is to help you. We have listed here information that you need to navigate policies, and guidance. Also listed here are resources and report forms that will help you and your ministry.
2023 CHAPLAIN TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING EVENTS
Currently serving chaplains, regardless of status, are required to attend a credentialing event at least once every three years, unless prevented by mission requirements. All currently serving chaplains will be supported in the maintenance of their professional credentials and ecclesiastical standing through attendance and participation in these mandatory events.
This summer we will hold the 2023 version of the Chaplain Training and Credentialing event in two locations –
West Coast – Calvin Crest Conferences outside Oakhurst, CA – June 26-30
East Coast – Montreat Conference Center in Montreat NC – August 7-11
Montreat Conference Center Information:
Montreat registration will open soon. Click here for registration
Montreat Conference Center, Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event 2023 MOI (Click here)
Calvin Crest Information: June 26 - 30, 2023
Calvin Crest registration is now open. Please see below for instructions for registration. Please note PFC authorized dates are Monday, 26 June through Friday, 30 June 2023.
Instructions for Registration: Click here: Calvin Crest Registration Online
- Create a login for yourself/family here: Click here: Calvin Crest Register Online *Note: If you have come to Calvin Crest before only with PFC, you will need to create a new account. If you have come to a Calvin Crest hosted summer program before and have account info, you can use that to login. If you have any questions about whether you have an active account with us, feel free to call our office at 559-772-4040.
- Add each member of your family that will be coming with you as a "camper" (this includes spouses)
- Enroll each member of your family- this will be done one at a time. You will go through the whole process, including checkout and payment for one person, then do this same process for each member of your family. Beginning with yourself, click the "Enroll for 2023" button, then select the option "Presbyterian Federal Chaplains Family Camp: June 26-30, 2023" and your age, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save and Continue"
- For each person, you will complete the application questions. Just once per family, you will choose which lodging option you would like and if you'll be joining us on Sunday (5 nights) or Monday (4 nights). PFC's primary lodging is the Cedar Lodge. Note: we hope you'll join us for Calvin Crest's full Family Camp programming which begins on Sunday! Note that if you choose to join us on Sunday, the difference in cost between the 4 night and 5 night rates will not be covered by PFC since PFC's program begins on Monday.
- Next, complete the Medical Forms for the individual you are registering, then check out.
- Check Out: Please select "Deposit Only" for yourself and pay the $100 deposit to secure your families spot. For each other adult family member, you can select the "Mail Check" Option, which will allow you to finish their registration without paying additional deposit amounts.
Final payments will be due upon arrival at Calvin Crest. If you have any questions or need assistance throughout the process, don't hesitate to reach out to our office at 559-772-4040.
Calvin Crest Memorandum of Instruction (MOI), Chaplain Credentialing and Training Event 2023 (Click here)
Calvin Crest Additional Information: (Click Here To Download)
Post 2021 Training and Credentialing Resources:
The 2021 Training and Credentialing Event is now complete. People were able to participate either in person or virtually via Zoom.
Videos Available - If you were not able to attend you may view the videos of the devotionals and training at our Group page on Facebook - Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies.
Join our group - if you have not joined our Facebook group please do so. Search Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies and you should be welcomed as a member. If not, ask to join and we will approve. We hope this group will be useful now and into the future.
CHAPLAIN RESOURCES AND TRAINING
1/27/21 Chaplains All Access January 2021 Meeting Slides Click here
April 30, 2020: With gratitude to the presenters listed below, the previously recorded presentation "MORAL RESILIENCE IN MEDICAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19" Webinar Training is offered via the following link:
https://voa.zoom.us/rec/share/7OtUAZazrD5JGafD7mrbVp8mF4foeaa80yIW-6EMnRlgCNlflI9WeaJR0WWRvkqu Access Password: E5@20J^?
Download PDF Webinar Outline and Resources Handout: https://presfedchap.org/moral-resilience-webinar-april-17-2020/
Webinar Overview: Moral injury is happening all around us as COVID-19 ravages lives all across the nation. Our medical teams are especially at risk. We are here to help, in real time, by providing information about what kinds of things put people at risk, how to maintain moral resilience in the crisis, and what can be done in the aftermath to help people process their experiences. Participants in this online discussion will receive information in a "tool kit" for coping in the midst of the pandemic and after.
Dr. Rita Brock
Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center
at Volunteers of America
Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in
the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the
School of Nursing
Moderated by Rev. Dr. Al Boyce
Chaplain, Volunteers of America Northern New England
April 14, 2020: “Crisis Support in the Midst of a Pandemic” PRESENTED BY: South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program
Please click on the link to begin training: http://pccmp.org/final-for-review-version-2/
UKIRK COLLEGE MINISTRIES SUPPORTED BY THE PCUSA
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Note: Posting of these websites in no way constitutes an endorsement by the Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy of their content or a guarantee of their usefulness.
Link to Military Chaplains Association (MCA)
Contact Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies
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