BILL NO. 9
TITLE Application Requirements for
REFERENCE The Doctrine and Discipline of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church 2008, Page
205-06, Section E. Commission on
Chaplains, number 5
INTENT To assist the Ecumenical Officer with
persons interested in the chaplaincy
by requiring aspirants to complete an
application and interview prior to
consideration for endorsement.
RATIONALE The AME Church lacks an adequate
screening process to select the best
qualified ministers to become
2 CURRENT TEXT: The Commission on Chaplains will be available to assist the
3 Ecumenical Officer in endorsing Chaplains for the AME Church. The requirements for
4 ecclesiastic endorsements are as follows:
5 a. must be an ordained elder in good and regular standing in an Annual Conference;
6 b. must be a graduate from an accredited college and seminary;
7 c. must meet the educational requirements for the agency to which the person is applying.
8 PROPOSED TEXT: The Commission on Chaplains will be available to assist the
9 Ecumenical Officer with endorsing chaplains for the AME Church. The requirements for
10 ecclesiastical endorsements are:
11 a. an Itinerant Elder in good and regular standing within an Annual Conference;
12 b. a graduate from an accredited college and seminary;
13 c. a completed application as provided by the Ecumenical Officer of the AME Church.
14 d. provide a copy of your mental health assessment results.
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15 e. The completed application along with a copy of the mental health assessment results
16 must be returned to the Office of Ecumenical Affairs within 90 days of receipt.
17 f. Once the Ecumenical Officer has received and reviewed both documents, a date is set
18 for an interview with the person interested in chaplaincy in coordination with the
19 members of the Commission on Chaplains.
20 g. The Commission on Chaplains will choose from its members or designate an endorsed
21 AME Chaplain to assist the Ecumenical Officer in conducting the interview.
22 h. If an applicant’s location prevents him or her from having an in-person interview with
23 the Ecumenical Officer and members of the commission, then an interview may be
24 conducted by “Skype” technology or by telephone.
25 i. The Endorser and the Commission on Chaplains will assess the candidate’s
26 qualification and the Ecumenical Officer will make the final decision on whether to
27 endorse an applicant. Submitted by Henry McNeal Turner Association’s Commission
28 on Legislation
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