By: Dan Miller

One of the fastest growing career areas I have seen in
the last couple of years is that of business chaplain.
And this has exploded since 9-11. Topics ranging from
family suicides, child-rearing, caring for aging parents,
marital problems, depression, drug use and finances are
being addressed by these workplace chaplains. We are
used to seeing military chaplains and hospital
chaplains. Many police and fire departments also have
ministers, priests and rabbis who serve the same
function. Some employee assistance program
coordinators estimate that they spend at least 20% of
their time dealing with spiritual issues.

This is an example of how someone may be able to
continue in their "vocation" even if their "career" was
derailed. If you are a caring, compassionate person
with perhaps a background in seminary or church
positions, you may want to consider this application.
Most workplace chaplains are ordained or commissioned
by their denominations. Of an estimated 4,000
chaplains who work with businesses already, most are
contracted out through worker-assistance programs or
chaplaincy organizations.

To check out education requirements, pay and
opportunities, see these sites:

  • National Institute of Business and Industrial Chaplains:

  • Industrial and Commercial Ministries:

  • Inner Active Ministries:

  • Marketplace Ministries:

  • American Association for Ministry in the Workplace,

  • Association of Professional Chaplains:

Here's a helpful overview:


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