Military and Chaplaincy Ministry

From prisons, hospitals and disaster settings to local businesses, chaplains serve North Carolina Baptists. We support the efforts of North Carolina Baptists to create a disciple-making culture in the environments to which they have been called. Our state also has one of the largest military populations in the world. The Convention’s military and chaplaincy ministry focuses on three primary areas: Career Chaplain Network, Community and Public Service Chaplaincy and “Adopt an Armory.” Please let us know if we can help you with these or other emphases.

Military and Veteran Ministry

Working with churches and associations to identify, train and mentor leaders called to minister to military and/or veterans in their community. We offer consulting services to offer ideas, paradigms and framework to get local leaders engaged in the ministry as well as mentoring opportunities. 

Career Chaplain Network

We keep a database of all Baptist career chaplains in the state. From time to time we provide seminars and fellowship opportunities for this group. We also have a working relationship with the North American Mission Board (one of our denomination’s professional endorsement agency) in matters relating to ecclesiastical qualifications and credentialing for chaplains and counselors.

Community and Public Service Chaplaincy

We receive quite a few requests from ministers and laypersons who are interested in ministering to local fire stations, police departments and other community agencies. We can recommend training and networking possibilities for these opportunities. We can also offer a Volunteer Chaplain Model for individuals wanting to know how to start such a ministry.

Adopt-an-Armory (Partners in Care)

“Adopt-An-Armory” (Partners in Care) is a program we have developed to minister with local National Guard and Reserve units scattered “from Murphy to Manteo.” All these organizations have access to chaplains, but many of these military pastors are stretched too thin to provide adequate coverage.  The ministry opportunities are determined by the church and the military chaplaincy assigned to the armory they are serving. Churches who partner can help lead worship services on drill weekends and provide care to soldiers and their families as necessary. They also help to facilitate mobilization services and other supportive events.

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More Information

Thomas Watson (Military)  /  [email protected]  /  (704) 575-2736

Ralph Thompson (Chaplaincy)  /  [email protected]  /  (919) 280-8908

Brandy Barkley /  /  (800) 395-5102 ext. 5657