Unique Ministry for Pastors of Churches on Coastal and Inland Waterways

By Pastor Mike Barnard, Auxiliary Clergy Support, US Coast Guard,

Do you have a heart for ministering to active duty military personnel and their families, but aren’t called to leave your church? Is your church located on or near the East or West Coast or major inland waterway? If so, then the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Clergy Support (ACS) program may be the ministry for you and your church!

What is the United States Auxiliary Clergy Support program?

  • The Coast Guard needs 150 chaplains, but currently have only 40; 10 of those are in administrative positions which leaves only 30 to be out in the field at any one time, providing religious support to America’s Lifesavers, and their Families!
  • The ACS program helps to fill this gap with qualified* local clergy as members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary!
  • ACS candidates are thoroughly vetted; requiring the approval of 3 Chaplains, 2 Admirals, an examination board in Washington, D.C., with final approval of the Chaplain of the Coast Guard!
  • ACS candidates must be able to operate within the framework and protocol of the United States Coast Guard! (Prior military experience is helpful, but not required.)
  • Those approved will serve under the supervision of active duty Coast Guard Chaplains!
  • Approved clergy receive the same 100% confidentiality protection as active duty military Chaplains!
  • Approved clergy will be authorized to minister to active duty Coast Guard personnel and their families in much the same way that active duty Chaplains do, being granted access to United States Coast Guard facilities.
  • This is a volunteer position, but the rewards are out of this world!

For more information on the ACS program, email

Pastor Mike Barnard at pastor_mbarnard@hotmail.com or call him at 541-297-1571.

For information on endorsement for the ACS program, contact Andy Meverden, CBAmerica’s Director of chaplaincy at chapandy@cbamerica.org.

 

*Notes:  Qualifications include professional ministry education, ordination, Coast Guard Auxiliary membership, endorsement by a federally recognized endorsing agency (like CBAmerica), and affiliation with a local church in proximity to Coast Guard facilities.

Care Package Support: Boosting Morale in the Indian Ocean

By Chaplain Dan Klender, USN

At Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia (DG), our amenities are severely limited due to our remote location.*  We have one modestly sized Ship’s Store that stocks mostly limited food items.  The problem is that mark-up is considerable due to the expense of transporting wholesale goods.  Variety is also limited for the same reason.  Some of the desired items on the island are listed below:

1)  K-Cups

2) M & M’s

3) Starbucks instant refreshers

4)  Beef jerky

5) Licorice & Twizzlers

Thanks for your consideration!

Blessings!

Chaplain Dan Klender,
LCDR, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy

 

Address for Care Packages

LCDR Daniel Klender

PSC 466, Box 18

FPO AP 96595-0018

 

*Director’s Notes:  I checked the distance from Denver to Diego Garcia, a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  The only flights are military and special charter (with an occasional emergency landing), so Google Maps didn’t work.  Using a special website, I found the distance from my home to Chaplain Klender’s chapel is 10,185 miles – as the albatross flies!

Chaplain Klender reports a vibrant chapel ministry to US and Allied personnel, and expatriate contractors supporting the strategic regional mission literally out in the middle of nowhere! The photo to the left shows a healthy chapel congregation with heads bowed in preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper. These Care Packages will support not only flight line and portside ministry, but this multinational congregation, among the 4,000 forward-deployed US and Allied service members.

Director’s Note:  Here’s another opportunity for a church, youth, men, women, or Veterans group to make a difference and assist one of our forward-deployed military chaplains.  In 2016 we facilitated Care Packages to an Amphibious Taskforce in hostile waters, and last year we sent them to those on the ground fighting ISIS. This year, we “go long,” way long out into the Indian Ocean.  The supply system has been greatly reduced in terms of non-military “comfort” items.  By sending Care Packages directly to chaplains, you ensure safe arrival to a known individual, and provide our chaplains with special “resources” that will bring goodies from “home” to those literally on the front lines and in faraway places.  If you use USPS Priority Mail® Flat-Rate shipping boxes, be sure to tell the postal clerk this is a military “Care Package,” to receive a $1 discount on postage! Include a signed greeting card with sender’s address info (& email) so recipients can reply.

For more stories of CBAmerica chaplains on the front lines of ministry at home and abroad, go to www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy or information on chaplain endorsement, email Director of Chaplaincy, Andy Meverden, at chapandy@cbamerica.org.