SEVEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. Very often chaplains work in an ecumenical way which their colleagues in more traditional settings are not able to do. A range of endorsed chaplaincy positions by institutions opens up exciting possibilities for ecumenical dialogue and practice.
2. Because of the shifting population in America today and the changing military assignments people are finding themselves without a pastor or separated from spiritual care. Because of this, CEEC Chaplains become a pastor for those who don't have one and assist the pastors of those who do.
3. Chaplains often minister in smaller situations and are given greater opportunity for intimacy with those they serve, (though this is not necessarily the case: In England, the chaplain at Heathrow Airport ministers to 68,000 staff alone, aside from the millions of passengers).
4. CEEC Chaplains are able offer Evangelical, and Charismatic guidance to those they serve while maintaining the historic Anglican notion of caring for all, regardless of religious belief.
5. Through working with people in the context in which they spend the greater amount of their lives, the world of work, Institutional and Military Chaplains are able to represent the Church to those they serve in a unique way. For instance, armed service chaplains are increasingly occupied with complex moral questions faced by the armed forces, as are chaplains in regard to research in health care and university sectors.
6. Once endorsed, chaplaincy provision is often paid for by the institutions in which Chaplains work. This is a testimony not only to the chaplains themselves, but also to the notion that there is an increasing recognition of pastoral and welfare issues in the workplace - and religious provision is part of this.
7. The existence of chaplains most often means that institutions have easy access to a person with religious knowledge and expertise. Chaplains in such places have long been familiar with concepts of annual appraisal and review. This means that not only are they paid by the institution, but they are accountable to it also, as well as being accountable to the Church.