Florida Baptist Convention, Chaplaincy

Touching Lives!  Instilling Hope!  Sharing Jesus!

From hospitals to racetracks, from prison cells to cruise ships, Chaplains are ministering in places where churches often cannot go. Chaplains bring the presence of God into every situation and circumstance imaginable; bringing the light of Christ into a hurting and dark world. The Florida Baptist Convention provides training, networking and fellowshipping opportunities for career and volunteer Chaplains. Volunteer Chaplains can receive credentials through the Florida Baptist certification process.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. II Corinthians 1:3-4

What is Chaplaincy?

Chaplaincy is a person-centered, needs-directed, servant-oriented ministry. Chaplaincy serves the spiritual and emotional needs of others. Chaplaincy is an extension of the local church reaching into our diverse and multi-cultural society providing spiritual care to people.

Who is a chaplain?

By definition, a chaplain is “an individual called by God to serve in a pluralistic environment ministering to persons in unique settings”. Chaplains, like other ministers, experience a definite call from God to serve. Without the call, a chaplain will not survive in the secular environment. He will “pack his bags” and leave the chaplain ministry at the first sign of conflict. A chaplain bases his life and ministry on God’s call. Survival in any environment for a chaplain depends on his faithfulness to God’s call. No greater calling exists!

Who can serve?

A Chaplain is male or female, a born-again, baptized believer in Christ, an active member of a local Baptist church, a person of proven integrity and trustworthiness and a person who knows and understands who he/she is.

What does a chaplain do?

A chaplain performs various ministries including visitation, building relationships, crisis intervention, giving emotional support and providing spiritual care. Chaplains are trained to listen and become the needed counselor. Chaplains know the power of prayer. Chaplains meet spiritual, emotional, social and, sometimes, physical needs. Ordained chaplains, also, minister through performing weddings and funerals.

Where do chaplains serve?

Chaplains serve in a secular environment; many times, in unique locations with unique people. Look at the Categories of Chaplaincy and you will see a multitude of possibilities. Chaplaincy ministry is only limited by the none-use of our creative minds.

Does being a chaplain require training?

Education directly relates to the commitment of a chaplain to serve the Lord to the best of his ability according to his personal skills.

How do you secure a chaplain position?

Chaplains determine chaplain needs and seek opportunities to serve in their local communities.

Chaplain credentialing?

Volunteer Chaplains In the early 80’s Florida Baptists began a certification process for volunteer chaplains needing credentials. Many entities such as county jails, law enforcement agencies and hospitals require all chaplains to have credentials. The certification process states that you have been approved by the Florida Baptist Convention to serve in this role. It provides the chaplain with credibility that many organizations require. If you need credentials, consider going through the certification process. Certification requirements are listed below.

Career Chaplains If you are seeking employment as a chaplain, we greatly encourage you to go through the endorsement process with the North American Mission Board. Click here for information and application.
Chaplains are welcome to become Florida Baptist Certified Chaplains as well as Chaplains endorsed by the North American Mission Board.

What is the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network?

The Florida Baptist Chaplains Network is a network of chaplains currently serving, or pursuing a chaplain’s position, who have submitted a basic chaplain’s application. Being a part of the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network provides opportunities for training through workshops and conferences, fellowship opportunities, and various resources. The network includes all Florida Baptist chaplains, not just Florida Baptist certified or NAMB endorsed chaplains.

Corporate Chaplains
Serve in areas such as:

  • Business Offices
  • Facilities for the developmentally disabled
  • Manufacturing Sites
  • Retirement Centers

Disaster Relief Chaplains
Chaplains and spiritual care volunteers who serve in a disaster environment

Health Care Chaplains
Trained to serve in an environment of sickness, pain, birth and death through:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospice Organizations

Military Chaplains
Minister to military personnel and their families through:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy

Public Safety Chaplains
Serve in the following areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Firemen
  • EMTs and Paramedics

Restorative Justice Chaplains
Serve in areas such as:

  • City and County Jails
  • Detention Centers
  • State and Federal Prisons
  • Re-entry
  • Transitional Care

Special Ministries/Hospitality Chaplaincy
Serve in unique settings and ministers to non-traditional lifestyles, special interest groups and at special events such as:

  • Airports
  • Attractions
  • Campgrounds
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Sea Ports
  • Racetracks & Speedways
  • Truckers
  • Daytona 500
  • Biketoberfest

Facility administrators sometime require credentials, which validate the training the chaplain receives. Without the training, facility administrators question credibility and ability to function in their facility. They want trained chaplains they trust and feel confident will perform with integrity.

Requirements

1. Complete the Basic Chaplaincy Application.

2. Complete a total of 20 hours of Chaplaincy Training from the following resources:

  • FBC Chaplaincy Online Courses
  • Complete CISM or Stress First Aid (SFA)
  • NAMB Chaplaincy Courses
  • Chaplaincy courses offered by your local hospital or other chaplaincy organizations
  • Any course which will enhance you and develop your ministry skills

3. Complete six months experience – 10 hours per week.

4. Two letters of recommendation:

  • Pastor, Church Staff Member or AMS
  • Person documenting six months experience

5. Complete background check:

The Florida Baptist Convention implemented an updated protocol for all its employees and volunteers. All convention staff and volunteers will be required to submit to a background check conducted by “Protect My Ministry”. There will be no blanket exceptions to the new policy and protocol. If you have been through a background check or other screenings, you are still required to undergo the “Protect My Ministry” background check. The Florida Baptist Convention appreciates the cooperation of all employees and volunteers.

Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

6. Complete Certification Application.

Special Notes:
1) Only Chaplains that are members of a Florida Baptist church may be certified.
2) Certification is valid for three years. After three years, a re-certification application will need to be submitted along with a background check.

The Basics of Chaplaincy Ministry

Disaster Relief Chaplaincy

The Art of Listening

Florida Baptist Convention, Chaplaincy

Developing a Godly Attitude

Pastoral Ministries

Community Ministries

Who Am I?

Overview

What is Chaplaincy?

Chaplaincy is a person-centered, needs-directed, servant-oriented ministry. Chaplaincy serves the spiritual and emotional needs of others. Chaplaincy is an extension of the local church reaching into our diverse and multi-cultural society providing spiritual care to people.

Who is a chaplain?

By definition, a chaplain is “an individual called by God to serve in a pluralistic environment ministering to persons in unique settings”. Chaplains, like other ministers, experience a definite call from God to serve. Without the call, a chaplain will not survive in the secular environment. He will “pack his bags” and leave the chaplain ministry at the first sign of conflict. A chaplain bases his life and ministry on God’s call. Survival in any environment for a chaplain depends on his faithfulness to God’s call. No greater calling exists!

Who can serve?

A Chaplain is male or female, a born-again, baptized believer in Christ, an active member of a local Baptist church, a person of proven integrity and trustworthiness and a person who knows and understands who he/she is.

What does a chaplain do?

A chaplain performs various ministries including visitation, building relationships, crisis intervention, giving emotional support and providing spiritual care. Chaplains are trained to listen and become the needed counselor. Chaplains know the power of prayer. Chaplains meet spiritual, emotional, social and, sometimes, physical needs. Ordained chaplains, also, minister through performing weddings and funerals.

Where do chaplains serve?

Chaplains serve in a secular environment; many times, in unique locations with unique people. Look at the Categories of Chaplaincy and you will see a multitude of possibilities. Chaplaincy ministry is only limited by the none-use of our creative minds.

Does being a chaplain require training?

Education directly relates to the commitment of a chaplain to serve the Lord to the best of his ability according to his personal skills.

How do you secure a chaplain position?

Chaplains determine chaplain needs and seek opportunities to serve in their local communities.

Chaplain credentialing?

Volunteer Chaplains In the early 80’s Florida Baptists began a certification process for volunteer chaplains needing credentials. Many entities such as county jails, law enforcement agencies and hospitals require all chaplains to have credentials. The certification process states that you have been approved by the Florida Baptist Convention to serve in this role. It provides the chaplain with credibility that many organizations require. If you need credentials, consider going through the certification process. Certification requirements are listed below.

Career Chaplains If you are seeking employment as a chaplain, we greatly encourage you to go through the endorsement process with the North American Mission Board. Click here for information and application.
Chaplains are welcome to become Florida Baptist Certified Chaplains as well as Chaplains endorsed by the North American Mission Board.

What is the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network?

The Florida Baptist Chaplains Network is a network of chaplains currently serving, or pursuing a chaplain’s position, who have submitted a basic chaplain’s application. Being a part of the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network provides opportunities for training through workshops and conferences, fellowship opportunities, and various resources. The network includes all Florida Baptist chaplains, not just Florida Baptist certified or NAMB endorsed chaplains.

Categories

Corporate Chaplains
Serve in areas such as:

  • Business Offices
  • Facilities for the developmentally disabled
  • Manufacturing Sites
  • Retirement Centers

Disaster Relief Chaplains
Chaplains and spiritual care volunteers who serve in a disaster environment

Health Care Chaplains
Trained to serve in an environment of sickness, pain, birth and death through:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospice Organizations

Military Chaplains
Minister to military personnel and their families through:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy

Public Safety Chaplains
Serve in the following areas:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Firemen
  • EMTs and Paramedics

Restorative Justice Chaplains
Serve in areas such as:

  • City and County Jails
  • Detention Centers
  • State and Federal Prisons
  • Re-entry
  • Transitional Care

Special Ministries/Hospitality Chaplaincy
Serve in unique settings and ministers to non-traditional lifestyles, special interest groups and at special events such as:

  • Airports
  • Attractions
  • Campgrounds
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Sea Ports
  • Racetracks & Speedways
  • Truckers
  • Daytona 500
  • Biketoberfest
Certification Process

Facility administrators sometime require credentials, which validate the training the chaplain receives. Without the training, facility administrators question credibility and ability to function in their facility. They want trained chaplains they trust and feel confident will perform with integrity.

Requirements

1. Complete the Basic Chaplaincy Application.

2. Complete a total of 20 hours of Chaplaincy Training from the following resources:

  • FBC Chaplaincy Online Courses
  • Complete CISM or Stress First Aid (SFA)
  • NAMB Chaplaincy Courses
  • Chaplaincy courses offered by your local hospital or other chaplaincy organizations
  • Any course which will enhance you and develop your ministry skills

3. Complete six months experience – 10 hours per week.

4. Two letters of recommendation:

  • Pastor, Church Staff Member or AMS
  • Person documenting six months experience

5. Complete background check:

The Florida Baptist Convention implemented an updated protocol for all its employees and volunteers. All convention staff and volunteers will be required to submit to a background check conducted by “Protect My Ministry”. There will be no blanket exceptions to the new policy and protocol. If you have been through a background check or other screenings, you are still required to undergo the “Protect My Ministry” background check. The Florida Baptist Convention appreciates the cooperation of all employees and volunteers.

Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

6. Complete Certification Application.

Special Notes:
1) Only Chaplains that are members of a Florida Baptist church may be certified.
2) Certification is valid for three years. After three years, a re-certification application will need to be submitted along with a background check.

E-Courses

The Basics of Chaplaincy Ministry

Disaster Relief Chaplaincy

The Art of Listening

Florida Baptist Convention, Chaplaincy

Developing a Godly Attitude

Pastoral Ministries

Community Ministries

Who Am I?

Links

Forms







    Basic Chaplaincy Application

    When you complete the Basic Application you will be entered into our database and become a part of the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network. You will also receive notice of all training and fellowship activities planned for chaplains and their spouses. Only Florida Baptist Chaplains need to complete this form.

    Name

    Address, City, State, Zip Code

    Email

    Phone Number

    I am

    I am

    Birth date

    My Church Membership, City

    Date I was baptized

    I am a Southern Baptist
    YesNo

    Have you served as a chaplain before? If yes, where?

    Church/Denominational Activities

    My highest level of education

    I have special training in

    Describe your personal encounter with Jesus Christ

    How do you share your faith?

    Why do you want to be a volunteer chaplain?

    Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee







      Español Aplicación Básica

      Una vez que usted haya completado esta aplicación básica, para Capellanes Voluntarios su información estará en nuestra base de datos y usted será partedel grupo de Capellanes Voluntarios de la Convención Bautista de Florida.

      Usted recibirá información de nuestros entrenamientos básicos que son ofrecidos, como también otras actividades de capellanes donde sus cónyuges son bienvenidos.

      Usted necesita completar este formulario solamente si usted es Capellán Voluntario en Florida

      Nombre:

      Dirección, Ciudad, Estado, Código Postal

      Email

      Teléfono

      Soy

      Estoy

      Fecha de Bautizo

      ¿Es Usted miembro de una Iglesia Bautista del Sur?
      YesNo

      ¿Ha servido usted como capellán anteriormente? ¿Dónde?

      Actividades denominacionales /iglesia:

      Mi nivel más alto de educación

      Tengo entrenamientos especiales en

      Describa su conversión personal al Señor Jesús.

      ¿Cómo comparte usted su fe?

      ¿Por qué desea usted ser un Capellán Voluntario?

      Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee







        Certification Application

        NOTE: Only Florida Baptist chaplains may apply for certification.

        Name

        Address, City, State, Zip Code

        Email

        Phone Number

        Employment

        Church Membership, City

        Are you serving as a voluteer chaplain now?
        YesNo

        If so, where? And for how long?

        Has the facility designated you as their chaplain?
        YesNo

        Have you completed the Basic Volunteer Chaplain Application? If not, please complete it now.
        YesNo

        Required Training (20 hours) Please list classes, seminars, conferences, special courses, etc., indicating the dates and credit hours you received.

        CHAPLAIN'S COMMITMENT

        I understand that the Volunteer Chaplain receives approval from the Chaplaincy Ministry of the Florida Baptist Convention. I will support the policies and guidelines as set forth by the State Director of Chaplaincy Ministry.

        I understand that the State Director of Chaplaincy Ministries may withdraw their approval should I prove by temperment, disposition, attitude, conduct or otherwise to misrepresent the position of Volunteer Chaplain. I agree to abide by the State Director of Chaplaincy decisions related to my FBC approval as a Volunteer Chaplain.
        YesNo

        Signed

        Date

        Note: Only Chaplains that are members of a Florida Baptist Church may be certified.

        Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee







          Recertification

          Chaplains need to continue to learn, train and grow. As Chaplains, we also need to stay current in our fields. Recertification is required every three years. Online courses, Associational conferences and attending the Florida Baptist Annual Chaplain’s meeting count toward recertification. We want the recertification requirement to be an encouragement for your professional development as a Chaplain. The better we are prepared the better we serve the Lord.

          Name

          Address, City, State, Zip Code

          Email

          Phone Number

          Name of Facility Served

          Address of Facility

          Requirements for Recertification:

          1- Complete a training course annually

          2 - Letter of recommendation from your pastor

          3 - Background Check

          Completed the following training course(s) (Name of course and date completed):

          I asked my pastor to send a letter of recommendation to mjohnston@flbaptist.org.
          YesNo

          Signed

          Date

          Note: Please email a digital picture to mjohnston@flbaptist.org for your Chaplain's badge.

          Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee







            Disaster Relief Chaplaincy Application

            Name

            Sex
            MaleFemale

            Date of birth

            Address, City, State, Zip Code

            Email

            Phone Number

            I am

            I am

            My Church Membership, City

            Name of Association or Disaster Relief Region:

            Are you serving in a Chaplaincy role?
            YesNoCareerVolunteer

            If yes, where?

            Have you taken any of the following courses?
            DR Chaplaincy CourseCISM or Stress First AidSpiritual Care (Barnabas)

            List special training or skills you possess:

            Describe your initial encounter with Jesus Christ and relate how he continues to change your life:

            How are you currently involved in sharing your faith?

            Briefly state your reason for wanting to be a Disaster Relief chaplain:

            Signed

            Date

            Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee







              Chaplains Update Form

              Name

              Address, City, State, Zip Code

              Email

              Phone Number

              Current Church Membership, City

              Are you serving as a chaplain?
              YesNo

              Are you retired?
              YesNo

              If actively involved as a chaplain, list the facility or ministry:

              Do you desire to remain on the chaplain's mailing list?
              YesNo

              Basic Chaplaincy







                Basic Chaplaincy Application

                When you complete the Basic Application you will be entered into our database and become a part of the Florida Baptist Chaplains Network. You will also receive notice of all training and fellowship activities planned for chaplains and their spouses. Only Florida Baptist Chaplains need to complete this form.

                Name

                Address, City, State, Zip Code

                Email

                Phone Number

                I am

                I am

                Birth date

                My Church Membership, City

                Date I was baptized

                I am a Southern Baptist
                YesNo

                Have you served as a chaplain before? If yes, where?

                Church/Denominational Activities

                My highest level of education

                I have special training in

                Describe your personal encounter with Jesus Christ

                How do you share your faith?

                Why do you want to be a volunteer chaplain?

                Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

                Español Aplicación Básica







                  Español Aplicación Básica

                  Una vez que usted haya completado esta aplicación básica, para Capellanes Voluntarios su información estará en nuestra base de datos y usted será partedel grupo de Capellanes Voluntarios de la Convención Bautista de Florida.

                  Usted recibirá información de nuestros entrenamientos básicos que son ofrecidos, como también otras actividades de capellanes donde sus cónyuges son bienvenidos.

                  Usted necesita completar este formulario solamente si usted es Capellán Voluntario en Florida

                  Nombre:

                  Dirección, Ciudad, Estado, Código Postal

                  Email

                  Teléfono

                  Soy

                  Estoy

                  Fecha de Bautizo

                  ¿Es Usted miembro de una Iglesia Bautista del Sur?
                  YesNo

                  ¿Ha servido usted como capellán anteriormente? ¿Dónde?

                  Actividades denominacionales /iglesia:

                  Mi nivel más alto de educación

                  Tengo entrenamientos especiales en

                  Describa su conversión personal al Señor Jesús.

                  ¿Cómo comparte usted su fe?

                  ¿Por qué desea usted ser un Capellán Voluntario?

                  Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

                  Certification Application







                    Certification Application

                    NOTE: Only Florida Baptist chaplains may apply for certification.

                    Name

                    Address, City, State, Zip Code

                    Email

                    Phone Number

                    Employment

                    Church Membership, City

                    Are you serving as a voluteer chaplain now?
                    YesNo

                    If so, where? And for how long?

                    Has the facility designated you as their chaplain?
                    YesNo

                    Have you completed the Basic Volunteer Chaplain Application? If not, please complete it now.
                    YesNo

                    Required Training (20 hours) Please list classes, seminars, conferences, special courses, etc., indicating the dates and credit hours you received.

                    CHAPLAIN'S COMMITMENT

                    I understand that the Volunteer Chaplain receives approval from the Chaplaincy Ministry of the Florida Baptist Convention. I will support the policies and guidelines as set forth by the State Director of Chaplaincy Ministry.

                    I understand that the State Director of Chaplaincy Ministries may withdraw their approval should I prove by temperment, disposition, attitude, conduct or otherwise to misrepresent the position of Volunteer Chaplain. I agree to abide by the State Director of Chaplaincy decisions related to my FBC approval as a Volunteer Chaplain.
                    YesNo

                    Signed

                    Date

                    Note: Only Chaplains that are members of a Florida Baptist Church may be certified.

                    Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

                    Recertification







                      Recertification

                      Chaplains need to continue to learn, train and grow. As Chaplains, we also need to stay current in our fields. Recertification is required every three years. Online courses, Associational conferences and attending the Florida Baptist Annual Chaplain’s meeting count toward recertification. We want the recertification requirement to be an encouragement for your professional development as a Chaplain. The better we are prepared the better we serve the Lord.

                      Name

                      Address, City, State, Zip Code

                      Email

                      Phone Number

                      Name of Facility Served

                      Address of Facility

                      Requirements for Recertification:

                      1- Complete a training course annually

                      2 - Letter of recommendation from your pastor

                      3 - Background Check

                      Completed the following training course(s) (Name of course and date completed):

                      I asked my pastor to send a letter of recommendation to mjohnston@flbaptist.org.
                      YesNo

                      Signed

                      Date

                      Note: Please email a digital picture to mjohnston@flbaptist.org for your Chaplain's badge.

                      Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

                      Disaster Relief Chaplaincy Application







                        Disaster Relief Chaplaincy Application

                        Name

                        Sex
                        MaleFemale

                        Date of birth

                        Address, City, State, Zip Code

                        Email

                        Phone Number

                        I am

                        I am

                        My Church Membership, City

                        Name of Association or Disaster Relief Region:

                        Are you serving in a Chaplaincy role?
                        YesNoCareerVolunteer

                        If yes, where?

                        Have you taken any of the following courses?
                        DR Chaplaincy CourseCISM or Stress First AidSpiritual Care (Barnabas)

                        List special training or skills you possess:

                        Describe your initial encounter with Jesus Christ and relate how he continues to change your life:

                        How are you currently involved in sharing your faith?

                        Briefly state your reason for wanting to be a Disaster Relief chaplain:

                        Signed

                        Date

                        Background checks required by all certified chaplains – $15 fee

                        Chaplains Update Form







                          Chaplains Update Form

                          Name

                          Address, City, State, Zip Code

                          Email

                          Phone Number

                          Current Church Membership, City

                          Are you serving as a chaplain?
                          YesNo

                          Are you retired?
                          YesNo

                          If actively involved as a chaplain, list the facility or ministry:

                          Do you desire to remain on the chaplain's mailing list?
                          YesNo

                          Florida Baptist Convention, Florida Baptist Convention Staff, Marc Johnston

                          Marc Johnston

                          Marc Johnston

                          Community Ministries
                          (904) 571-8037
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                          Florida Baptist Convention, Community Ministries