The Path to Interfaith Ministry and Chaplaincy 2018-07-31T20:47:26+00:00


When we embark on an adventure, or take a pilgrimage, there are tools and guides that we can take that will help prepare us and orient us to new landscapes, cultures and ways of being. These days you begin with the process of applying for a passport and visa to travel. The Chaplaincy Institute can be your passport to travel and your visa to enter the terrain that will lead you towards your destination of becoming an ordained interfaith minister, a professional chaplain, or spiritual care provider.

In our Interfaith Studies Certificate Course you can develop the skills of conscious spiritual leadership, the elements of inclusive worship, and the design of Interfaith ritual. You will have the opportunity to co-create a worship service for our congregation that includes all the skills of developing liturgy, using sacred texts, and offering prayer.

The training of Interfaith ministers and chaplains incorporates studies in world religions, spiritual psychology, Interfaith theology, dreamwork, pastoral care, ceremonial rites, and community ministry. Students gain a deeper understanding of the world’s faiths, while simultaneously deepening their relationship to their own spiritual traditions. Creative approaches are emphasized, along with practical pastoral skills such as deep listening, presence, and compassion.

The contributions of our students transcend the limits of educational exercises and become part of the growing collective body of interfaith and inter-religious wisdom that is so essential and needed in our world today. To get a clearer view of these gifts and contributions from our community members—including current students, faculty and staff, and ordained clergy/alumni working in the field of interfaith spiritual care—please visit our Living Interfaith page.

CHI ’s ordained clergy are working as health care and hospice chaplains, bringing an informed Interfaith perspective to settings that serve people of many faiths as well as people of no faith. The Chaplaincy Institute’s ordination and ecclesiastical endorsement have been recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the organization that confers board certification for professional chaplains who work in health care settings.

Interfaith Studies Certificate Course

Application Fee $65*
Program Fee – Includes:
12 module tuition ($1,200 per module)
Seminary fee: (includes primer courses, partnership with academic advisor on module assignments, practicum and secondary faith tradition oversight, core competency assessment, and graduation) $2,050
Community fee: includes Interfaith ordination (vocational assessment, ordination retreat and ceremony) $3,000
Total $19,450 (or $18,477.50 if prepaid or from $499 a month – see below) *


Materials (Books, etc.) $200 (approximate)
Individual Spiritual Direction from $600 (Rates vary from $40 to $125 per session – paid directly to provider by student. Minimum 15 sessions.)

* If you are a student in the Starr King Joint Program, this fee will vary (see below).

* If you are a CHI Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program student or graduate, you are eligible to receive a 10% discount. The program fee would be $17,505. No other discounts would apply. You can prepay the entire amount or pay in payments with initial payment being the same as outlined in payment schedule (below), with monthly payments being calculated on balance depending on length of studies (see below for more information).

The Program Fee is an inclusive cost of your program. It includes Primer courses, attendance at 12 modules, assignment of an academic adviser, practicum and secondary faith tradition oversight, vocational and core competency assessments, ordination retreat and ceremony fees, and graduation and interfaith ordination as a minister, if you choose to follow that path.
If a student has already attended a module(s) as a single module student or has received a waiver from the Dean for equivalent education or life experience, the program fee will be adjusted less $1,200 per module that has already been taken or that has been waived. If a student paid less than $1,200 for a single module (due to prior fee schedule), the program fee will be adjusted for the amount paid.
Prepay your Program Fee by the 1st of the month of your first module, and earn a 5 percent discount, with a prepay fee of $18,478.


Initial payment due on the 1st of the month of the first module = $2,000

Remaining balance of $17,450 to be paid in equal monthly payments (due the 1st of every month) beginning the month following the first module attended and the remainder depending on the pace of your studies. All payments must be made prior to the final module being taken.


1 year student = $1,586 per month x 11

2 year student = $759 per month x 23

3 year student = $499 per month x 35


* Joint Program with Starr King School for the Ministry students

Application Fee $65
Program Fee (paid to CHI directly from student) – The majority of the CHI Program Fee will be paid to CHI by Starr King from the fees students pay to SKSM for their studies toward a master’s degree, of which the program at CHI is a part. (if students wish to start their studies at CHI prior to SKSM’s ability to fund, this is possible at the Starr King module rate. Please inquire with CHI bookkeeper to discern fees and schedule.) The balance of fees over and above what Starr King pays to CHI will be the responsibility of the student as follows:
Seminary Fee $1,000
Community Fee $3,000
Total $4,000 (or $3,800 if prepaid or from $86 per month – see payment schedule below)
Other costs (paid by student) books and spiritual direction, as above
Prepay your Program Fee by the 1st of the month of your first module, and earn a 5 percent discount, with a prepay fee of $3,800.


Initial payment due on the first of the month of the first module: $1,000

Remaining balance of $3,000 to be paid in equal monthly payments (due the 1st of every month) beginning the month following the first module attended and the remainder depending on the pace of your studies.


1 year students = $273 per month

2 year students = $130 per month

3 year students = $86 per month

When the student enrolls if they declare they will not follow the path toward Interfaith ordination, the fee will be adjusted down by $3,000. This adjustment will take place within the monthly payment schedule. The initial first payment will remain the same as above. If at any point in that student’s seminary program they decide to pursue ordination with the Community, their program fee will be increased by $3,000 (with payments added equally into their remaining monthly payments).
See Other Fees and Policies including additional Payment and Attendance Policies, Policies and Fees for Leave of Absences or program withdrawals, a description of other fees associated with Cancellations, Late Payments, and Refunds, as well as additional costs for making up a class, if needed.

All fees above assume payment made by check, cash or automatic bank transfers. See Other Fees for additional credit card processing charges.

This program does not qualify for government financial aid, student loans, or student visas unless taking the Joint Program with Starr King School for the Ministry where these could be available through Starr King.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who financially qualify. Work Study programs are also available for those who have skills that are a match with our needs. Either (not both) of these programs are available to new students not yet enrolled only. Work study and scholarships at CHI are not offered to Joint Program students.