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Chaplains & Pastoral Counselors

Today, more than 1,700 endorsed United Methodist clergy are taking their ministry beyond church doors and answering God’s call as chaplains and pastoral counselors. The United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) has the responsibility to recruit, endorse and support these clergy to serve in extension ministries across the globe. Chaplains and pastoral counselors are needed in a wide range of settings, and our clergy can be found serving everywhere from military and police department settings to hospitals and women’s shelters.

Check out GBHEM’s “Heirs Wesley” video below to learn more about the 25 ministry settings available to chaplains and pastoral counselors. Find out about the steps to chaplaincy in our How to Become a Chaplain section and about pastoral counseling in on our Center for Integrative Pastoral Practice section.

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Need assistance setting and reaching ministry goals for your congregation? Want some guidance with your own continuing formation? Effective Ministry 360 can help.

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