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Advanced Standing for Military Chaplains

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Since 2006, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has been pleased to provide qualified military chaplains with advanced standing in our Doctor of Ministry program.

Advanced standing enables military chaplains to join their quality military training with the renowned theological education of Gordon-Conwell by attending two residencies, instead of three, and paying eight quarters of tuition, instead of twelve.

Qualified chaplains can pursue advanced standing in one of two tracks; either for deeper pastoral equipping (in  Pastoral Theology in Practice) or sharper chaplaincy skills (in Military Ministry).

Advanced chaplain training through the military is necessary for eligibility:

  • Army - C4
  • Navy - JPME
  • Air Force - Intermediate Chaplain Course (or completion of Commissioned Officer Training, the Basic Chaplain Course, and Squadron Officer School)

Application Requirements

All application materials are available on our website, both as .pdf downloads and online. Intentions to pursue advanced standing must be declared during the application process. Proof of completion of advanced training through the military must also be submitted; this can be in official copies of training records or a confirmation letter from a commanding officer.

Military chaplains may submit an abbreviated application; a briefer autobiography and personal statement and one recommendation form instead of three. Requirements for official transcripts sent directly from all colleges, seminaries and other institutions of higher education attended, the application fee, and letter of endorsement from the current ministry context remain.

Military Ministry Track

Designed exclusively for chaplains, our Military Ministry track has two residencies, the chaplain as pastor and the chaplain as leader. An entry point is available every June. 

Advanced Standing Project

Dr. James Critchlow serves as the chaplain advanced standing mentor in our Military Ministry track.

Approval to advanced standing is required prior to the first residency. Advanced standing requires the completion of a project, including an annotated bibliography for approximately 2,000 pages of reading from and an advanced standing project, as shown in the samples below. Chaplains may count reading and submit written work done as part of their advanced chaplain training to fulfill this assignment.

Chaplain as Leader

A paper conducting a personal leadership inventory; reflecting intentional personal theology for military chaplaincy and engagement with feedback from other chaplains about the adequacy of the inventory. The emphasis is to develop a solid foundation for leadership theory to lead and advise at the operational or strategic level.

Chaplain as Pastor

A paper reflecting a personal theology of chaplaincy; addressing what it means to provide chaplain ministry, the pattern of discipleship in the chaplain's personal life and ministry, the influence of other chaplains on personal development, and future steps to fulfill the Great Commission while you wear the uniform.

Pastoral Theology in Practice Track

Pastoral Theology in Practice addresses three keys to effective ministry through three residencies; preaching, call, and care-giving, advanced standing provides credit towards one residency.

Chaplains choose which residency to apply their advanced standing towards, and apply for the starting point that places their two preferred residencies consecutively on the same campus. Switching from one cohort to another is not allowed. Due consideration, however, is given to chaplains on deployment.

The chart below shares our upcoming residency rotation for each starting point. There are four possibilities each year; January (Spanish (Liderazgo), February (Charlotte campus), April (South Hamilton campus), and October (South Hamilton campus). A start schedule is online.

 

Proclaiming the Word

Deepening the Call Caring for the Flock

2015

October

   

2016

 

April/October/Liderazgo

February

2017

February/April/Liderazgo

 

October

2018

October

February

April/Liderazgo

2019

  April/October/Liderazgo February
2020 February/April/Liderazgo   October

Advanced Standing Project

Dr. Gordon Isaac serves as the chaplain advanced standing mentor in our Pastoral Theology in Practice track.

Approval to advanced standing is required prior to the first residency. Advanced standing requires the completion of a project, including an annotated bibliography for approximately 2,000 pages of reading from the omitted residency and an advanced standing project, as shown in the samples below. Chaplains may count reading and submit written work done as part of their advanced chaplain training to fulfill this  assignment.

Pastor as Person

A paper reflecting a personal leadership theology; geared to reflecting and examining intentionally personal development and areas of needed growth as a pastoral leader. If any psychological assessment instruments have been done post-college, insights from these tools are to be included in the paper.

Pastor as Counselor

A case study on a pastoral counseling issue handled by the chaplain. Guidelines for the case study will follow those required in the syllabus in preparation for the residency.

Pastor as Preacher

A combination of assignments from the preaching residency (pre- and post-residency) will be required, including submitting outlines of two sermons on specified texts, and utilizing group evaluations of the