The Certificate in Community Chaplaincy Program is designed for any individual who desires to be an agent of healing in their local community. Community-based chaplaincy allows caring citizens to offer the gift of their skillful presence, authentic companionship and deep compassion to the places of need, hurt, loneliness and discord in their community.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer chaplain, this training
and education program is designed specifically for you. After completing this six-month program, you will have the basic knowledge, skills, and experience to work confidently, effectively and ethically in care-giving situations where spiritual and emotional well-being is central to the task of healing. Most often these situations arise in the presence of illness, aging and dying. But they also arise in many other settings such as community programs dedicated to social service and activism.
The GMU Community Chaplaincy Program is a six-month experiential program composed of three online courses and 40 hours of supervised volunteer chaplaincy work experience. The on-line courses provide thematic content and provide the core educational curriculum for spiritual caregiving. Each course includes five three-hour Zoom sessions and three one-on-one personal supervisory sessions with the instructor.
Tuition for the Community Chaplaincy Program is $3500. Financing is available through Global Ministries University.
Spiritual Caregiving is a skill that is not so much taught as it is cultivated through enhanced knowledge and refined self-awareness. Thus, the Community Chaplaincy Program offers a rich mixture of knowledge-based instruction, readings, experiential exercises, supported reflection, and group/individual consultation about specific care-giving situations.
Those completing this six-month program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Community Chaplaincy from GMU.
This Program is offered in conjunction with Pacific Institute for Essential Conversations (PIEC). PIEC is an accredited learning center for Clinical Pastoral Education and pastoral supervision.
Global Ministries University offers additional training in Community Chaplaincy, including Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Units and interfaith spiritual care.
The Community Chaplaincy Program first cohort is being formed now. Training sessions in volunteer chaplain opportunities, and methods of hybrid Zoom / telephone / in-person chaplaincy are planned in the near future. An onboarding process will take place in the fall with the program scheduled to begin in January 2021. A detailed description of the program with bios of the instructors will be available in the coming weeks. Please email us if you would like more information or to be notified of updates.