Chaplaincy Ministry in the U.S. Military – CHPL 600

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An intensive study of the theological/practical and military justification of the military chaplain. Attention is directed to discovering the major themes associated with military chaplains as members of a fighting force and ministry in a pluralistic environment. Additional research will  be accomplished through personal interviews with active duty and reserve warriors and how chaplains relate and conduct ministry to this group.





The chaplain must work within the parameters of the military regulations; however, as an ordained minister of his/her respective denomination, the Christian chaplain must also adhere to the faith tenets of his/her church, and more importantly, to Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the unique ministerial role of the chaplain as it is set in the historical context of America and our freedom of Religion.
  2. Compare and contrast pluralism in the apostolic era of the New Testament church as it relates to the military chaplain working within the pluralistic setting of today.
  3. Explain which military regulatory documents specifically govern the role of the chaplain within the armed forces.
  4. Describe the legal obligations, limitations, and ministerial opportunities of the military chaplain within a pluralistic ministry setting.
  5. Explain the biblical justification for “Servant Leadership,” and why the military chaplain should employ it as his/her primary leadership style.
  6. Identify means of maintaining/reflecting your personal Christian faith while being deployed.
  7. Describe the concepts associated with a chaplain’s participation in interfaith worship services, ministry of presence, command-sponsored activities, ministry “inside” the walls, and “ministry outside the walls.”

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

4-MAT Book Reviews (2)

The 4-MAT REVIEW is a way of responding to readings, lectures, and life experiences that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels. The student will complete a 5-page 4-MAT Book Review on the textbooks outlined in the course. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, F, G)

Final Paper

The student will write a research paper on the topic of “The Christian Chaplain in Today’s Military.” The research paper must be 8–10 pages, include 12 citations, and be formatted in current Turabian style. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)