NACM Chaplain Program Mission Statement
Our mission is to train and equip those people that are interested in serving in the role of
Chaplain. Ordination and training provided by the NACM will allow the volunteer Chaplain to
begin service in their local community.
“Chaplaincy is a service oriented, needs directed, and servant ministry. The Chaplains
purpose is to serve all others in their time of need. A Chaplain is required to direct their sole
attention to those whom they serve and focus on how their ministry can assist and meet the needs
of those that they serve.”
We expect participation in this module to be global in nature. It is beyond the scope of
this training to know the rules and regulation in effect in foreign countries. The questions that are
specific to the United States should not cause the foreign student a problem if they can
understand the material as presented.
In order to participate in this training we require you to be ordained by the NACM. If you
are a Pastor, Minister, Elder, Deacon, etc. who has been visiting hospitals, prisons, nursing
homes, etc. we will Certified you. We are taking into consideration your past and present
experience, while also considering your calling. In all cases we will refer you to our Christian
Chaplain training program which is online at the NACM. Please know that if you are looking for
a Chaplaincy Career, our chaplaincy program may not be for you! This certification is for
voluntary Ministers that are already visiting fellow church members, associates, friends, etc. This
does not mean you cannot become employed as a Chaplain. A Chaplain Certification to work for
an employer may require you to have credit hours at the College level and-or CEU Hours
(Continue Education Units); some employers require at least a Bachelors Degree in Theology.
This type of education is beyond the scope of what we can offer here at NACM. You are being
certified as a “Practical Christian Chaplain”.
Our Chaplain Certification Credentials can be used in Hospitals, during times of natural
or man-made disasters, in Prisons, Airports, Parades, State Houses, City Halls, Automobile
Accident Scenes, Rescue Proceedings, National and International events, etc. However it is very
important that you know, that by being certified with the NACM, or any other Chaplain
Ministry, Organization, or Association, it does not guarantee you an open door everywhere. We
truly believe that God is the one that opens the doors for you! If you are a Minister or a Christian
with a God given Call to the ministry, you will always see doors open in front of you.
The Government is precluded by the first amendment of the constitution from endorsing
any religion or religious belief. It is like performing marriages. Some states, counties and local
government require certain credentials before you can perform a wedding. Due to the fact that
marriage is a civil ceremony, they can regulate who is able to perform these duties. A lay or
secular Chaplain likewise has no religious backing. As a Chaplain, performing duties as an
ordained minister, there is no Federal, State, or local law that can prevent you from performing
pastoral care or counseling.
We quote: THE FIRST AMENDMENT – CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THERE OF: OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.