Requirements for Chaplaincy

All Chaplains of Christian Chaplains & Coaching receive a Certificate of Ordination

To become one of our Chaplains, the following requirements must be met:

1. You will be over 21 years old, a mature Christian, with credible testimony and evidence of faith.

2. You will be a member in good standing of an Evangelical Christian Church, in submission to your Pastor.

3. A Pastor can attest to your Christian character and recommend you for Chaplaincy.

4. A personal reference whose known you for more than 3 years recommends you.

5. You complete our online course, "The Basics of Chaplaincy."

6. Complete a background check. 

7. You will be in complete and full agreement with our Statement of Faith. Your Pastor will concur. 

8. You will agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Ethics at all times. 

9. You will agree to continue learning through continuing education. 

10. You  will stay current with your annual dues and continue as a member of an Evangelical Christian Church.

After that, should you desire to go further into professional Chaplaincy, feel free to inquire about the steps to do so. We can arrange for professional accredited CPE education and various levels of professional certification. These include "Certified Chaplain, Associate Board Certified Chaplain, Board Certified Chaplain, and Board Certified Chaplain Supervisor." 

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What is a Chaplain?

Like the Live Oak Tree, Chaplaincy has deep roots and many branches of opportunity to serve people with the love of Christ. At the core of our ministry, the root that gives us life is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Chaplains learn to serve together with a community of believers, like a family, on mission for Jesus to a particular people group.

Our Chaplains are dedicated, mature and growing believers who follow the call of God on their lives to reach out to people in need. The many branches of ministry performed by our Chaplains include, for example:

  • Recovery from addictions
  • Jail, prison, and those recently released or on parole
  • Disabled and special needs
  • Troubled teens
  • Sex trafficking victims
  • Hospital
  • Nursing home/assisted living
  • English as a second language
  • PTSD
  • Emergency, crisis, and critical incidents
  • Marriage and family care
  • Military and veterans
  • Police and fire
  • The homeless
  • Office and workplace environment
  • Motorcycle ministry
  • Other

Do you remember the story of "The Good Samaritan"?

Jesus told about the most unlikely of individuals, just a regular Joe like you and me, one who the professionals least expected to do any good. The Samaritan stopped and helped the man. He bandaged his wounds, gave him cool water, carried him to an Inn where he could receive extended care. He even promised to come back and check on his progress and pay any unpaid bills. That, my friends, is a picture of what it looks like to be one of our Chaplains. 

Won't you join us? 

Let us show you, empower you, and send you out to do the same. Life on mission for Jesus in community with others who share the same sense of purpose is wonderful indeed. Come with us and learn how to make a friend, be a friend, and draw the friend to Christ.

Apply to become a chaplain, here.

Chaplain Code of Conduct and Ethics

This “Code of Conduct” is designed to make clear expectations to our chaplains for life, conduct, and engaging in chaplain ministry. The purpose is to set out guidelines for a safe, effective, and compassionate care that promotes the health and wellbeing of those being cared for. This code shall serve as a guide to making good decisions and exhibiting professional behavior as well as accountability as you serve in our organization as a chaplain.


1.  General Conduct of our Chaplains

  • Promote and safeguard the best interests of the people you serve.
  • Treat all people, but especially those under your care, with dignity and respect.
  • Respect the rights of all people, organizations, and faith groups to hold their own values, traditions, beliefs, and practices. 

Continue reading our Chaplain Code of Conduct, here. 

Continuing Education Requirements

Required 60 hours of CE every 3 years (20 Hours of CE per year). These hours may be obtained by any combination of items from the following list. Our Chaplains simply need to attest that they have accomplished any combination of the following: 

  1. BIBLE: Read the entire Bible, cover to cover, over a 3 year period. - 40 HOURS

  2. BIBLE STUDY: Participate in any weekly bible study of your church or small group. - 10 HOURS (Per 4 weeks)

  3. THE TRUTH PROJECT: Participate in the 12 week truth project study available HERE - 30 HOURS

Read more about Continuing Education Requirements, here.


Great Book Reading

All the Places to Go, How will you Know?, by John Ortberg

Anger, Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, by Gary Chapman

Anxious for Nothing, by John Macarthur

Becoming a Disciple of Jesus, by James Kirkland

Being Leaders, by Aubrey Malphurs

See the rest of our recommended book list, here.