About Our Prayer Chaplain Ministry
What is a Prayer Chaplain?
A Prayer Chaplain is a lay person who functions as an extension of the pastoral ministry of the congregation. A Prayer Chaplain is not a counselor or an ordained minister. He or she is a congregation member who wants to serve and to grow spiritually. Being a Prayer Chaplain is transformative soul work as it deepens one's spiritual path through prayer and service. No prior experience in prayer or praying with others is required to serve as a Prayer Chaplain.
What Does a Prayer Chaplain do?
A Prayer Chaplain:
- Is available to support others on their spiritual journey.
- Creates and holds sacred space.
- Lovingly listens and holds what is heard in the strictest of confidence, meaning that what is shared with the Prayer Chaplain is not discussed with anyone else, including the person who made the initial prayer request (ie listen, pray and release).
- Prays with others.
Prayer chaplains serve during Sunday services several times a month, holding spiritual space and praying with congregants before and after services. They also make monthly wellness calls to congregants who request them.
How do I become a Prayer Chaplain?
1) Attend our 2020 Orientation session with Rev Evin and Debbie Walker on Sat, February 01 at 1pm.
2) Complete our training program and make a commitment to serve your church community for one year (April to April). Our new Prayer Chaplain training program continues Sat, February 15 with a Special Presenter!
Stay tuned for more info and specifics; please contact Rev Evin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Walker, Prayer Chaplain Coordinator at prayerchaplains@UnityofMadison.org if you are interested or have any questions.