I have been making some changes to the web site of the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains. One of the changes I’ve requested there I’m also going to make here. The Application form for Endorsement for Healthcare Ministries has a new web site. The best place to connect now is here. In addition to this post, I’ve updated the link in my sidebar.
The process hasn’t changed. Complete the form and submit it electronically. It will be received at the Episcopal Church Center. The person who receives it will contact the diocesan bishop for consent, and with the bishop’s consent will forward the application to our Endorsing Officer. That person will then send the letter of endorsement, with copies to the appropriate professional organization and the appropriate bishop. And, of course, you should have picked up from this that the first step is really to meet your bishop so that she or he knows of your ministry.
I’ve written before of the importance of Endorsement. It is still important, not only for those seeking certification, but also to raise the visibility of professional healthcare ministries in the Episcopal Church. So, make that appointment if you haven’t; and then get the application in. It serves you, and your colleagues, and the whole Episcopal Church.