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Starting a Chaplaincy Department



APCTM is committed to offering resources to assist in planning and implementing effective chaplaincy care programs in specialized ministry settings. You are invited to utilize the following resources that provide valuable research and guidelines. If you have feedback about the kind of resources you would like to see available on the website, contact us with your suggestions.




Standards for Chaplaincy Departments

The Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral Services (CCAPS) has established complete standards for the effective delivery of chaplaincy services in institutional settings. CCAPS provides national consultation, evaluation and accreditation of institutions for their delivery of chaplaincy services. Review of these standards will help establish goals for new departments as well as help established departments learn where they might strengthen their service. Visit the CCAPS website to learn about the process of accreditation as well as review the complete standards.





Hiring Board Certified Chaplains

Chaplaincy care in health care settings has become a specialty to be delivered by persons who possess a solid theological perspective and are sensitive to the diverse spiritual needs of patients and their families. APCTM has a long and trusted history of providing a process of certification that ensures high standards of education, training, and personal and professional competence. Advertising through Job  Opportunities offers you greater access to trained, chaplaincy professionals. Beyond their graduate degrees, board certified chaplains receive a minimum of one full year of clinical training, specializing in institutional chaplaincy and they are guided by a Code  of Professional Ethics.





Professional Chaplaincy: Its Role in Health Care Chaplaincy

Professional Chaplaincy: Its Role and Importance in Healthcare describes the role and significance of spiritual care and is the first joint statement on this subject prepared by the five largest health care chaplaincy associations in North America, representing over 10,000 members. This consensus paper provides a clear statement about the role and benefits of professional chaplaincy and can be used very effectively to advocate for the provision or expansion of spiritual care in specialized settings. The paper addresses the following topics:




  • The Meaning and Practice of Spiritual Care
  • Who Provides Spiritual Care
  • The Functions and Activities of Professional Chaplains
  • The Benefits of Spiritual Care Provided by Professional Chaplains

View the complete version of Professional  Chaplaincy including graphics and photographs or view a text  only version.