BECOME A CHAPLAIN

We want to thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Flower City Chaplain Corps (FCCC). Being a chaplain or aid to those who have experienced loss and pain, are in crisis, or need a listening ear, is a rewarding ministry. However, it can also be very challenging because of the emotional and spiritual demands involved. Please read this document carefully and prayerfully, asking God to speak to your heart as you consider applying to become a Flower City Chaplain Corps volunteer.

We are looking for LEADERS who are mature enough to build their individual ministries while remaining accountable to the organization. Chaplains acquire and maintain their own clientele while benefiting from the sponsorship of a legitimate association.

Our Purpose: The Flower City Chaplain Corps, Inc. exists as a religious organization dedicated to providing religious rites/faith based counseling for the spiritual, emotional, and physical support in times of need or crisis to our police, military veterans and their families, first responders, businesses, churches and the community.

Our Chaplains: The Primary function of the FCCC Chaplain is to provide pastoral care to Rochester and its surrounding area. We know that chaplaincy can be demanding—emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  Our moral positions and ethical standards are not defined, nor derived, from the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.  We are a Christian organization that live and operate consistent with the historic Christian tradition in carrying out our mission.   Please review the following qualifying information to help you decide whether FCCC is a good fit for you.

Minimum Qualifications for Students / Interns

High school students must be at least 16 years of age, in their junior or senior year of school, and have a GPA of 2.5 or better to be considered for the position of FCCC student intern. According to the requirements of the school, students may be able to receive school credit in their capacity as an FCCC intern.

College Students must be enrolled in a matriculated course of study at an accredited educational institution and have a GPA of 2.5 or better to be considered for the position of FCCC intern. According the requirements of the school, students may be able to receive school credit in their capacity as an FCCC intern.

All student interns must work under the direct supervision of a certified chaplain.

Minimum Qualifications for Chaplain Apprentices

A chaplain apprentice is a chaplain in training and must work under the direct supervision of a certified chaplain. Prior ecclesiastical or ministerial leadership is helpful but not necessary.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess a NYS Driver’s License or NYS Identification Card.
  • Must read and accept the FCCC Statement of Faith.
  • Must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics .
  • Individuals may serve in the capacity of chaplain apprentice for no longer than three years.

Minimum Qualifications for Chaplains

An FCCC chaplain is an ecumenical spiritual caregiver. FCCC chaplains seek to serve the emotional, physical, spiritual, and personal needs of persons in various settings, from all social, economic, and religious backgrounds. Whether in an institution or in the community, if God has called you to the chaplaincy ministry, we would love you to serve Rochester and its surrounding area as an FCCC Chaplain. All FCCC chaplain candidates must meet the following requirements:

FCCC Chaplains:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must have  a minimum of an Associate’s degree with at least 54 credits from an approved institution of study. Transcripts will be required.
  • Must possess a NYS Driver’s License or NYS Identification Card.
  • Must read and accept the FCCC Statement of Faith.
  • Must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics.
  • Must successfully complete the nine week Chaplain Training Academy

References:

All chaplain applicants must obtain three references: a personal reference from a person who is not a relative of the applicant, a professional reference from the applicant’s previous or current employer, and an ecclesiastical reference from the applicant’s religious institution. Applicants applying for the position of Public Safety Chaplain must also obtain a reference from a member of the public safety community (Fire, EMS/EMT, Corrections, or Police).

Emotional, Spiritual, and Mental Functions:

  • Be a person of emotional and spiritual maturity.
  • Always demonstrate a servant’s heart.
  • Be a good listener for extended periods of time.
  • Focus on the emotional and spiritual care of others.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through compassion and care.
  • Never allow personal problems to affect ministry to the brokenhearted
  • Be free of any medication that would impair thinking or activity
  • Must be willing to be unbiased and fair during times of dispute between community members and law enforcement.
  • Must be willing to provide care and counsel to people of diverse backgrounds (all religions, races, national origins, etc.)
  • Always be prepared to share God’s hope.
  • When applicable, must be a good example to chaplain apprentices and/or Interns under their care and supervision.

Physical Functions:

  • Must have good physical health. A Physician’s Medical Release Form will be required for all chaplains and chaplain apprentices.
  • Must be willing to minister outside in inclement weather.
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

Additional Information:

  • Because chaplains are stewards of the public’s trust, all chaplain candidates must undergo a thorough background check.   Candidates are evaluated incorporating a variety of methods.  The FCCC reserve the right to select candidates based on our religious purpose consistent with section 702 (a) and 703 (b) of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • In order to provide and maintain a high standard of excellence while providing emotional and spiritual care, and operate in accordance with expected standards within the law enforcement and general community, all chaplain candidates will be required to complete a nine week chaplain’s academy. Upon completion of the academy, all chaplain candidates will have earned their certification as Chaplain through FCCC.  Certification must be renewed annually.
  • The chaplain’s academy will have a physical fitness component. A doctor’s note will be required to participate in the fitness  component of the academy.

If you have read the aforementioned and would like to request an application packet, please email us at chaplains@flowercitychaplains.org.

Comments

  1. Joyce A. Rivers says:

    I hope the community chaplaincy idea spreads across the country! Chaplains can have such a tremendous impact in both military and civil society.

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