Forces Chaplaincy Applications

(Image above courtesy of MOD)

Military Chaplains can be either Regulars or Reservists. Regulars are full-time Chaplains, while Reservists usually continue to work as a Circuit minister, whilst also providing ministry to personnel at a military base, with opportunities to join their unit on exercise and deployment. 

If you are interested in Forces Chaplaincy, you may find it useful to explore each of the three military Services’ own Chaplaincy webpages at the following links: 

Royal Navy Chaplains

Army Chaplains

RAF Chaplains

These videos give Chaplains' perspectives on ministry in the Armed Forces: 

Naval Chaplaincy

Army Chaplaincy

RAF Chaplaincy

In this article the Revd. Ian Brown describes his journey into RAF chaplaincy: From Lincoln to Afghanistan 

Applying for Forces Chaplaincy

Applicants for Forces Chaplaincy need to meet a number of eligibility criteria.

To meet the Methodist Church’s eligibility criteria, you will need to be one of the following:

  • A Minister ordained by the Methodist Church in Great Britain. Presbyters can apply for Chaplaincy in all three services. Deacons can currently only apply for Chaplaincy in the RAF.
  • A Minister ordained by the Methodist Church in Ireland.
  • A Minister from another Church who has been granted Recognised and Regarded status.

You will also need at least three years of post-ordination pastoral experience.

The three Services each have their own slightly different eligibility criteria, which you can check by clicking through the following links for Naval, Army, and RAF Chaplaincy applicants.

The application process to become a Chaplain (both Regular and Reservist) has several steps. After an initial conversation with the Secretary of the Forces Board (SFB), we will ask you to complete an application form, and provide details for two nominated referees. We will also seek a reference from your Chair of District.

You will then be invited to an interview with a panel of Methodist Forces Board members. On the basis of this and your paper application, the panel will decide whether to endorse your application. If you are successful, a letter of endorsement will be sent to your preferred Service. You can then apply for Chaplaincy with your preferred Service. The SFB will keep in touch with you throughout this process, and through your career as a Chaplain.

You may find it useful to read the Forces Chaplaincy Information Pack linked to here, which provides further detail about eligibility criteria, as well as some general information about the role of a Forces Chaplain.

If you would like to apply for Forces Chaplaincy, or if you have any further questions about Forces Chaplaincy and the application process, please contact:

The Revd Dr Chrissie Howe - Secretary of the Forces Board


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