CALLED TO INTERFAITH CHAPLAINCY?
The interfaith Chaplaincy & Ministry Program is designed to inspire, nurture and educate a new kind of clergy: those who are called to lead and serve in an interfaith capacity. Many individuals enroll in this program to satisfy the longing and curiosity they have to live meaningful, engaged lives. Others arrive feeling called to a specific area of spiritual leadership or service. Whether in traditional or emerging contexts, this program equips its graduates to meet the individuals and issues happening now, in our increasingly intricate and diverse world.
Our innovative program focuses on a combination of the study of the world’s religions, an exploration of mystical paths and teachings, as well as on developing skills for ministry and providing spiritual care. Program participants immerse themselves in a deeply creative and nurturing environment to inquire, explore and grow who they are. Integral to spiritual formation and vocational preparation, seminarians are encouraged to retain and deepen their personal theological perspectives, while also expanding their capacity to serve the spiritually and culturally animated world in which we live.
Those completing the Interfaith Chaplaincy & Ministry Certificate Program may choose to follow the path to ordination as an Interfaith Minister with The Chaplaincy Institute’s (ChI ) Interfaith Community. Our goal is to offer a complete and well-rounded experience that prepares our graduates to lead and serve in whatever capacities they are called.
Once ordained, the community offers our ordained ministers an ecclesiastical home and provides them with Clergy in Good status, which is a professional requirement in many chaplaincy and ministerial settings. More about Interfaith Ordination.
The ChI curriculum provides students with a comprehensive, integrated, interfaith, and applied-theology education. Self-care practices are incorporated throughout, as fundamental learning for all individuals called to caring professions.
Our curriculum has its roots in, and speaks to, the universal language of the psyche and soul of all human beings. Designed to address the evolving spiritual needs reflected in our communities and larger society, each course syllabus undergoes annual review, adapting and changing for relevance and usefulness.
The Core Competencies for Ministerial Formation, inform the classroom learning objectives, homework assignments and independent study requirements, which prepare and measure each seminarian’s readiness for graduation.
Certificates & Titles Bestowed
All graduates of the Interfaith Studies Certificate Program receive a Certificate of Completion from The Chaplaincy Institute. All students who successfully complete the Interfaith Studies Program also receive an official transcript from The Chaplaincy Institute, which lists the student’s program start date and graduation date, and assigns a passing grade for all academic requirements. The ChI Seminary bestows Certificates of Completion and issues transcripts.
The ChI Interfaith Community bestows Interfaith Ordination and Clergy In Good Standing status.
CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM ADMISSIONS POLICY
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
We recognize that many people have engaged in life and learning experiences in a variety of contexts that can develop knowledge and abilities that equal a Bachelor degree. Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree can apply for an education equivalency/life experience waiver of this requirement, by completing a Bachelor Degree Prerequisite Waiver Request, available from our office.
A written application, transcript, professional resume or CV and letters of recommendation are required. Application materials can be sent in as they are completed; they do not all have to arrive together.
Applications are welcome any time. Plan to have application materials in no later than 2 (and ideally 3) months prior to the date of the first module you plan to attend.
We review applications in the order we receive them, within 2 weeks of receiving them. Once reviewed, we will be in contact with you to schedule an interview either in person or by Skype.
If accepted into the program, the student will receive an acceptance letter and all that is necessary to get started. Plan on one to two months’ time to prepare for the first class (administrative forms, student handbook, “primer” reading/videos, class reading and homework assignments).
Sample admissions timeline:
February 1 – Complete Application package received
February 14 – Application Materials Reviewed. Contact made to Schedule Interview
March 1 – Interview held. Acceptance (or denial) letter received (immediately thereafter)
March 7 – Student Enrollment Materials shared (if accepted)
March 10 – New Student Orientation scheduled (online orientation will occur within two months of acceptance)
March 15 – ChI Primer (IS Program prerequisite) and First Class homework assignments provided
Two months (approximate) – Complete ChI Primer and First Class assignments
May 1 – First Class tuition payment due
May 14 – First Class homework assignment due
May 15 – First day of class
WE’RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU
We appreciate that some people need support in making such an important decision. Indeed, choosing to enroll in a program such as this is a considerable investment of time and resources. Our Admissions Manager is available to guide you in your discernment about enrolling in the Interfaith Chaplaincy Program, at no charge to you, and can be reached at email@example.com or 510-843-1422.