Certificate in Community Chaplaincy

I slept and dreamt
that life was joy.
I awoke and saw
that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.

GMU offers an individualized program as well as a cohort program which will be forming soon.


Accolades from participants:

GMU’s Community Chaplaincy program is top notch! The instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. I am blown away by the caliber of the guest speakers as well. I’m using things I have learned in this program in my work on a regular basis. And it’s been liberating to bring chaplaincy out into the community. ~ Julie C.

The Community Chaplaincy Program was such a fruitful experience. The teaching team and visiting teachers offered a variety of deeply important elements of spiritual care. It enabled me to deepen my Buddhist practice as it shows up while volunteering at a hospice house in ways that were profoundly beneficial. I recommend this class to anyone who feels a calling to walk down the beautiful path of community chaplaincy. ~ Sarah M.

I feel that I have received an excellent education. The speakers have been wonderful, the readings insightful and the advisement personal and practical. The required volunteer experience provides that sense of reality and usefulness to our theory. Discussion among participants using Zoom technology has helped to hear other viewpoints and been supportive of the process. ~ Deb T., Au.D

The Community Chaplaincy program offered by Global Ministries University has provided me with many tools for working with community members. I highly recommend this program for anyone seeking education and spiritual development as an interfaith chaplain. ~ Mary Theresa S., Ed.D., DMin, ARCWP

The Community Chaplaincy program is a unique preparation for grassroots change. It offers a team teaching approach to critical and timely topics among which are body wisdom, trauma, grief, deep listening and resilience – topics relevant to all and much needed in society, local and global. The Community Chaplaincy Program challenges participants to look deeply within; to grow in depth and wisdom, empowering her to profoundly hear and respond to individuals or groups in need. ~ Terri K., MS, MCHES, CWC


GMU’s Community Chaplaincy Program has received extraordinary response!  We encourage you to enroll now.

The Certificate in Community Chaplaincy is designed for any individual who desires to be an agent of healing in their local community. Community-based chaplaincy allows caring citizens to offer the gift of their skillful presence, authentic companionship and deep compassion to the places of need, hurt, loneliness and discord in their community.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer chaplain, this training and education program is designed specifically for you. After completing this six-month program, you will have the basic knowledge, skills, and experience to work confidently, effectively and ethically in care-giving situations where spiritual and emotional well-being is central to the task of healing. Most often these situations arise in the presence of illness, aging and dying. But they also arise in many other settings such as community programs dedicated to social service and activism.

The GMU Community Chaplaincy Program is a six-month experiential program composed of three online courses and 40 hours of supervised volunteer chaplaincy work experience. The on-line courses provide thematic content and provide the core educational curriculum for spiritual caregiving. Each course includes five three-hour Zoom sessions and three one-on-one personal supervisory sessions with the instructor.

Spiritual Caregiving is a skill that is not so much taught as it is cultivated through enhanced knowledge and refined self-awareness. Thus, the Community Chaplaincy Program offers a rich mixture of knowledge-based instruction, readings, experiential exercises, supported reflection, and group/individual consultation about specific care-giving situations.

Those completing this six-month program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Community Chaplaincy from GMU.

This Program is offered in conjunction with Pacific Institute for Essential Conversations (PIEC). PIEC is an accredited learning center for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Tuition for the Community Chaplaincy Program is $3500. Financing is available through Global Ministries University. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 is required with an additional $475 commitment payment. This will be deducted from the $3500 tuition if one stays in the program which requires a commitment of six months and 40 supervised hours of service in clinical placement in collaboration with PIEC.

Global Ministries University offers additional training in Community Chaplaincy, including Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Units and interfaith spiritual care.

 Click here for a detailed description of the program with bios of the instructors.

The Community Chaplaincy Program is initiating outreach to senior caregivers and residences. Download the brochure here.

GMU’ Chapliancy Program is at the forefront of supporting those who work for social justice and address environmental concerns. We invite you to change the world, one healing encounter at a time! Download the brochure here.

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Community Chaplaincy Program and provide any more information you may need. we are just an email or telephone call away. Call 866-419-8020 toll free or…