Chaplains Create New Recruitment Brochure
A new brochure designed to help recruit chaplains for the Civil Air Patrol in now available. The borchure highlights the opportunities available to clergy as a CAP chaplain. It breifly decribes five major reasons why clergy join CAP:
1. Service to Country. As the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol assists the USAF with non-combat, domestic missions. Public law allows CAP chaplains to support Air Force active duty and reserve chaplains when directed by the Secretary of the Air Force.
2. Response to Disasters and Aircraft Accidents. CAP performs more than 90% of inland missions for the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. CAP also responds with other national relief organizations at times of natural disasters. Ministry to victim families and emergency workers is a top priority of CAP chaplains.
3. Ministry with Today's Finest Youth. CAP cadets receive moral leadersip as part of their required training. Today's cadets often become leaders in tomorrow's Air Force. Chaplains provide private counseling and moral leadership guidance to all cadets.
4. Friendship with Clergy from all Faiths. Coming from all religious faith groups, CAP chaplians are priests, ministers, rabbis, elders and imams. Conducting ministry together, they learn more about how God is working in their own life and in the lives of others.
5. Training with a National Chaplain Organization. Through individual courses and regional colleges, CAP offers its 650+ chaplians training in all aspects of tehir ministry from military funerals to pastoral counceling.
The brouchure then exlplains the requirements to be appointed a CAP chaplain. These requirements follow closely the requirements to become a military chaplain.
A feature of the new brochure is a tear-off response card that can be milded to the CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.
Copies of the new brochures can be obtained by contacting the National Staff Chaplain's office at 334-953-6002 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. "It has taken several months to get useable photography, design the brouchure, and have the brochure printed," said Chaplain Ken Colton, the National Staff Chaplain. He further commented, "We will be glad to furnish 100 or more copies to any agency or individual that will help us put the brochure in circulation."
CAP Chaplains Adopt A 7-Year Endorsment
The Chalain Service Asvisory Council of the Civil Air Patrol has adopted a recommendation that an endorsement for the CAP chaplain program be good for a period of seven years. Currently, there is no time limit to an endorsement.
In the past, clergy, who received an initial endorsement to be appointed as a CAP chaplain, could keep this endorsement for the duration of his or her ministry with CAP. As an example, if a person became a chaplain in CAP in 1950, their initial endorsement would still be valid more than 50 years later.
The new policy requires chaplains to contact their endorser prior to the 7-year point to insure that they continue to meet the required endorsment standards of their religious group. The interfacing with endorsers will keep enderosers informed of who represents their organization as clergy in CAP. It will also encourage chaplains to give endorsers periodic updates about their ministry with CAP.
CAP chaplains, whose endoresments were issued prior to 1993 have until December 31, 2001 to renew their endorsement. Endorsers may send the endorsement form directly to the CAP chaplain requesting it, or they may send it to the Chaplain's Office at CAP's National Headquarters, 105 S. Hansell St. Maxwell AFB, AL 36112.
Civil Air Patrol Announces Annual Chaplain Colleges
The Civil Air Patrol has announced this year's schedule of CAP Chaplain Colleges held around the country. CAP chaplains meet annually to receive new training as well as updates on CAP policies and procedures. Chaplain colleges usually occur mid-week and last from three or four days. Military chaplains are invited to participate, however, they first need to receive permission from the region chaplain who is responsible for the college. The region chaplain for each region serves as the point of contact. This year's colleges, and the point of contact for each of them are shown below: