Adventist Learning Community
0.2 CEU

Community Chaplaincy

Course Summary

This course is about specialized chaplaincy ministry in the community or public sector. The 3 specific parts to this course are 1. concepts relating to community chaplaincy; 2. understanding ministry within secular organizations, ecclesiastical endorsement, and special requirements, training and skills; and 3. pastoral ministry related to chaplaincy. The Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) Department serves as the ecclesiastical endorsing agency for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As the denomination’s liaison with ecclesiastical, government, and professional organizations, ACM assists qualified Adventist clergy to transition from pastoral ministry into the chaplaincy ministries of campus, community, corrections, health care, military, and the work place. The qualifications required to become a chaplain are church membership in regular standing, holding a current denominational commissioned or ministerial license, meeting all requirements of the employing agency, and obtaining ecclesiastical endorsement from the ACM Committee.

What do I need to know?

These are 3 modules in this course. Each module covers important information for community Chaplains. To complete course requirements you will need to proceed through all modules, take the quizzes, and then download and fill in your completion certificate. This course is worth 0.3 CEU.

What will I learn in this course?

This course will give you the foundations of Community Chaplaincy.

About the Instructor

Gary Councell is a graduate of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the American Technological University (M.S. in Counseling), and the U.S. Army Senior Service School (strategic leadership). In his current role, he provides pastoral assistance and care for two Adventist and Presbyterian churches in the area. He is a volunteer chaplain with the Prince William County Police Department, in Virginia. He also volunteers as an airport chaplain at Dulles International Airport. In addition, he volunteers at two USO centers (Fort Belvoir and IAD). He is an election officer in Prince William County and a member of both the National Executive Committee and Military Chaplains Association. Chaplain Councell assumed duties as the Associate Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) on December 1, 2005. During 32 years of active duty (and four years in the reserves) as a US Army chaplain, he maintained active involvement in the church, completed a year of parish model Clinical Pastoral Education and earned a master’s degree in counseling. Chaplain Councell sees chaplains who share God's love in circles often restricted to others as trusted and accountable stewards worthy of enabling support from their church.

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