Rock Community Chaplains

Getting Involved - Military Chaplaincy

If you sense a call by God to make a real difference in the U.S. military personnel and their families please give prayerful consideration regarding your involvement.  For further infomration regarding the 2 years of Pastoral Care training required, please view the criteria below.  

Goal: The purpose of the Military Chaplaincy ministry is to equip gifted and called men and women to fulfill their chaplaincy role for the U.S. armed forces within the mission and vision focus of the Rock Church.

Options for Military Chaplaincy:

  • Direct Accession (DA) = Active Duty, serve on a full time status as a Chaplain.
  • Direct Commission Officer (DCO) = Reserve Duty, serve on a part time status. (One weekend a month and two weeks a year).
  • Chaplain Candidate Program Officer (CCPO) = Student program.

Navy Chaplaincy Program basics:

Upon selection into the DA or DCO Program selectees will complete 84 days of training. This begins with the 5-week Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI, and ends with the 6 week Navy Chaplain School (Chaplain Basic) in Fort Jackson, SC, where you'll undergo a basic orientation course before receiving job placement.

CCPO selectees will continue their education as a commissioned Ensign in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) until graduation. During school breaks, they will attend ODS, Chaplain Basic, and Humanitarian School. All CCPO selectees will be paid full acitve duty pay and benefits while attending these schools.

Eligibility Requirements to Serve as a Military Chaplain: The following list of achievements are required by the United States Department of Defense for an individual to be approved for the "Student Program" as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer (CCPO) for Military Chaplaincy activation. It should be noted that the Rock Church can assist in the process of Rock Church approved candidates to succeed in these endeavors:

  • Two years of pastoral training experience.
  • Achieved Master of Divinity degree from a DOD approved accredited university. (For CCDO, they must hold a BA or BS degree with not less than 120 semester hours from a qualified educational institution; and hold a post-baccalaureate graduate degree of not less than 72 semester hours in divinity, theological or related studies. GPA of at least a 2.2 on a 4.0 scale. However, it should be noted that the higher the GPA the more competitive a candidate is for selection into the Chaplain Corps.)
  • Hold an ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Pastoral Ordination
  • Be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age and able to complete 20 years of service before age 62. This endorsement is open to both male and female applicants.
  • Meet certain medical and physical fitness standards.

Rock Church Chaplain/Pastoral Training Scope & Sequence of instruction and experience: The Chaplaincy Ministry mentoring ministry is a minimum two-year commitment that begins with a three-month trial (probation) period. Military Chaplain candidates will be trained in harmony with the Rock Church Pastoral Support Team. Following the two-year term, the leadership team is welcome to continue to serve with the Rock Church Pastoral Ministry on an ongoing basis until deployed by the US Military. The mentorship is considered to be a practical and educational process for mature believers who sense a call to Military Chaplaincy ministry. There are no tuition costs, however, participants will be expected to purchase required reading and study materials. The design of the training process is to give personal instruction and practical experience in the full range of biblical church leadership and evangelistic functions. In addition, there will be special mentoring in relation to the call of a military chaplaincy.

Leadership Instruction - On a regular basis the Pastoral Ministry team will meet for leadership mentoring and instruction on specific Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministry roles and functions. The primary areas of instruction and study are: 1. Pastoral Ministry functions (Biblical counseling, weddings, funerals, benevolence, visitation, etc.) 2. Bible Study Hermeneutics (Inductive and Historical doctoral and theology studies), 3. Expository Preaching (Homiletics), 4. Leadership development training 5. Personal and Team Spiritual Development and 6. Military Chaplaincy ministry. As a group, the various study assignments involve discussion, reading, and research.

Pastoral Ministry Team Commitments:

  • The mentoring ministry involves a minimum of 10 hours  a week of instruction, Pastoral Ministry, military and church service involvement. Please make sure your schedule allows you this time commitment. Our care and service is to the church at large.
  • Teaching cluster - Participants will meet once a week for 2 hours for leadership training and group study with the Rock Church pastoral leadership (Sunday afternoons)
  • Pastoral Ministry - Participants will serve at a Sunday Rock Church service as well as a shift in the Pastoral Ministry offices during the week to serve in a pastoral leadership role as well as providing pastoral care for hospital visitations, funerals, weddings, etc. Also will be assigned the Rock Church Emergency phone 1 week every 2 years.
  • rGroup/dGroup Participation - Participants will meet with assigned rGroup/dGroup Leaders once a month for 1 hour for accountability , prayer, and to connect.

Application Process for Military Chaplain Candidacy:

  • Submit a Military Chaplaincy Application HERE
  • Submit a formal ministry resume of education, ministry experience and related background information. (Outreach ministries, academic education, ministry trainings & rGroups/dGroups)
  • Acquire a Rock Church ministry leader or pastoral letter of endorsement.
  • Provide a 1-page summary of purpose, affirming one's call and direction of ministry.

Submit Completed Applications to: [email protected] or mail to:

The Rock Church  
ATTN: Gerrilyn Mattox 
2277 Rosecrans Street 
San Diego, CA 92106

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