Chaplain Resources

The Evangelical Chaplains Commission recommends the following resources for chaplains and candidates. 

Religious Freedom for Soldiers & Military Chaplains

The NAE published this scholarly resource as an explanation of the freedoms and responsibilities enjoyed by chaplains and all service personnel. It is an incredible resource in understanding the complex ideas and issues for both military and civilian leaders and clergy.

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Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry

Evangelical pastors, chaplains and churches face increased questions and pressures about ministry to couples in relationships that we do not consider biblical. The Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry is a brief epistle of pastoral advice for ministry practitioners. It is not a treatise on the theology of marriage or a critique of recent cultural practices but a common baseline for all evangelical clergy seeking compassionate but biblically faithful ministry to couples and individuals.

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God Understands When You Feel…

The God Understands Series box set contains eight biblically based portions that address the PTSD spiritual injuries veterans deal with upon return from duty: guilt, anger, grief, meaning and purpose, despair and hopelessness, fairness, doubts and disbelief, and fear of death. This is an excellent resource that VA chaplains, pastors and family members can give veterans to enhance the treatment of these PTSD issues. These Scripture portions are written specifically for veterans with thoughts for reflection, calls to action and guided prayers.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a handbook for those who seek to effectively minister to returning combat veterans. This unique book will not only heighten awareness of issues related to these veterans and their families, but it will also give practical tools to help local churches and communities minister more effectively. Co-author David A. Thompson has experienced three deployments and understands the stresses and challenges that families and communities face. Darlene Wetterstrom is a licensed independent clinical social worker. This is a straightforward, challenging and practical help for returning soldiers and their families.

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Daily Strength for the Battle

Chaplain (Colonel) Scott McChrystal draws on many years of military experience both as an Infantry officer in Vietnam and as a seasoned Army Chaplain, whose last assignment was senior Chaplain at The United States Military Academy at West Point. These 5 minute devotionals in God’s word are insightful, bold, challenging and excellent for training in spiritual excellence for junior and senior leaders alike.

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The Combat Trauma Healing Manual

The Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ has been instrumental in developing this practical and faith-based approach to dealing with the stresses of combat. This is a decidedly Bible-based resource that offers spiritual solutions for struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by helping construct an environment that will give God optimal access to the wounded soul. Designed for individual or group study, it combines the latest insights of the medical and counseling communities with the timeless principles of God’s Word.

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Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

Jocelyn Green has been there as a military wife. Her husband, Rob, served in the Coast Guard, and she knows the difficulties of deployments and separations and the need for encouragment for those left behind. She knows the military culture and speaks to the challenges of being a military wife. Great to read and share with others. The author has created a website as a further resource for military wives.

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Strong Bonds

A unit-based, chaplain-led Army program that helps soldiers and their families build strong relationships. The program’s mission is to build soldier readiness by providing skills the single and married soldier can use to strengthen their marriages and other relationships.

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Military BibleStick

The Military BibleStick produced by Faith Comes by Hearing is a digital audio player that is pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament. About 3.5 inches long and less than an inch thick, these pocket-sized audio bibles are field-friendly with a low-key design, which reduces visibility for use in low-light situations.

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