Attention members of the clergy: Do you want to volunteer time that will affirm why you went into the clergy? Do you want to minister to individuals who want and need your talents? Do you want to do something about which you will always feel good, even if done in a bad situation? If so, “the ministry of presence” has a place for you.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is seeking both working and retired chaplain applicants. The non-denominational volunteer chaplaincy serves the employees of the sheriff’s office, both sworn and civilian. It also serves the spiritual needs of civilians traumatized by an incident that rose to the level of police involvement.
The 10-hour-per-month volunteer chaplain position requires ordination or certification to preach, five years of clergy experience, and for those not seminary graduates, a high level of study in theology.
The chaplaincy currently represents all three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It represents all three major branches of Judaism, Catholicism and multiple Protestant faiths, from Mainline to Evangelical, along with one Sunni Muslim chaplain. Every chaplain can be called on to aid anyone of any faith. Training is provided.
The chaplaincy has men and women, as well as a diverse ethnic cross-section. Particular needs are priests and/or deacons, Mainline Protestants, Hispanic pastors with strong English skills, as well as women of all faiths.