Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel focuses on the care of Chaplains and Military Personnel. We are a joint ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The PCCMP works with individuals contemplating ministry to the military and veteran communities. We work presbyteries to discern how federal ministry (military, veterans, or federal prisons) is a part of the applicant’s calling. We help committees on ministry/ preparation for ministry through the endorsement process. Finally, we evaluate an applicant’s suitability for working in federal chaplaincies.
Once an individual become a chaplain, the PCCMP becomes a support system for them and their families. We provide career guidance, training opportunities, pastoral care and transition assistance if and when they leave federal service. Chaplains rarely serve near their home presbyteries and churches, so it is critical that we support them wherever they are in the world.
We provide career guidance through mentoring our chaplains as they conduct their ministries. We try to visit our chaplains about once every two years. During our visits we often meet the chaplain’s supervisors. We often help their supervisor understand the unique role of chaplains serving in the federal government.
We strengthen the relationship between our chaplains and their churches by offering annual training courses. These annual training courses focus on professional development, nurturing family relationships, and Reformed worship.
Pastoral care for those who serve is in many ways our most important ministry. We take care of chaplains when they are in crisis. From the application process to retirement, we build a relationship with each chaplain and their families. We pray daily for them and seek to serve them and their needs.
Finally, we help chaplains transition back to civilian life. We provide career mentoring, advice on resumes, and feedback on interviewing skills. We help our chaplains translate their federal service into related pastoral work that interview committees understand. We also help them connect to presbyteries and congregations seeking ministers with federal chaplaincy backgrounds.