The Board of CBAmerica (of which I am now a functioning member) recently went through the process of updating our Mission Statement. What we agreed upon was: “CBAmerica champions Great Commission fulfillment through its regional networks.” At the national level we saw this focus carried out through our eight regional church networks and, likewise, through our network of chaplains. We came to the realization that we didn’t have eight regional networks, but nine, including chaplaincy.
In a similarly comprehensive way we crafted our new Vision Statement: “Gospel-centered congregations transforming every community.” Like churches, many chaplains lead and develop groups of believers in military units, chapels, prisons, hospitals and other unique settings.
Then we settled on three Values: Congregational Health, Congregational Multiplication and Leadership Development, all focused on reproducing disciples, leaders and congregations. This fits well with the variety of chaplaincy ministries, most of which have strong components of evangelism and discipleship.
So, back to the title of this article, the “Beginning and the End.” It comes from the Book of Revelation where it is found three times:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:13-14 (NIV)
CBAmerica chaplaincy champions Great Commission fulfillment through the ministry of its 160 chaplains serving in paid and volunteer positions, in hospitals, prisons, hospices, police and fire departments, and among veterans groups, wounded warriors, motor clubs and other specialized ministries, across the US, and on military bases, posts, camps stations, and ships literally around the world. A wide variety of contexts, but all fulfilling the Great Commission.
This report of our newest military chaplain Lt. Roy Fondren, assigned to the Marines, highlights how the newer generation approaches outreach.
But outreach and evangelism are not simply for the young and healthy. “Retired” hospice chaplain, Jim McMillan, who planned to take it easy in a Florida retirement community, found a new ministry in an old, familiar setting. Both of these chaplains epitomize the Mission, Vision and Values of CBAmerica. No one is too young or too old for the Gospel!
If you are interested in pursuing a ministry in chaplaincy, check out our website at www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy for more stories from chaplains. There you will see that our focus is Gospel ministry, “Beginning to the End!”
Finally, here is a link to the brochure of CBAmerica’s Director of Chaplaincy, “Ecclesiastical Endorsement: What it is, What it is not, How Long it takes.”