Are you called to become a chaplain?

Chaplaincy, which is truly a “frontlines” ministry, is vital to the extension of the local church. Imagine reaching the lost in places few missionaries or church members can go to. That’s chaplaincy—a group of thousands of men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, the public safety arena, at disaster relief sites and in corporate environments. 

Their mission? To care for the broken, to offer hope to the hopeless, and to ultimately advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hard to reach places.

In the months leading up to the United States’ involvement in World War II, the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) established a Chaplaincy Commission to endorse the work of military chaplains and verify their efforts as sanctioned by the association where they served..

The initiative was successful, as ordained Southern Baptist chaplains recorded 299,342 professions of faith from 1941 to 1945.

“Today Southern Baptist chaplains continue carrying the Gospel into places where the church cannot go,” says Doug Carver, NAMB’s executive director of chaplaincy. “It’s a ‘tip of the spear’ ministry.”

The positive effects from the endorsed chaplaincy movement also helped those called to this unique ministry to recognize its divine purpose.

“Every chaplain is a missionary in uniform, and an evangelist at large,” said Alfred Carpenter, commissioned by the Home Mission Board in 1941 as the first Chaplain Commission director to lead the work of chaplaincy, supporting those “called to share the gospel where few missionaries can go.”