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Uniforms have been an international tradition of all branches of chaplains and the EMMI Chaplaincy Ministry , authorized uniforms for 2010-2016 it is a clergyman white shirt and black pants or black jeans, women can wear a black skirt and black blazer.
- Only uniform approved by EMMI Chaplaincy Ministry. Uniform insignia must be worn.
- A chaplain NOT in uniform may wear only the EMMI Chaplaincy Ministry ID and badge.
- The uniform is a uniform of respect. Most people respect the uniform and the Chaplain shall always respect the uniform they wear for it represents the Chaplaincy of Eric Michel Ministries International.
- Only the chaplain who has sworn to serve can wear it and the uniform shall never be worn in a manner or place that would bring disgrace or controversy.
- The Chaplain must always remember that they have sworn an oath to serve people of all faiths and not all faiths share the same ideas and or rituals.
- The uniform can only be worn in a place that is a public place and where public laws and ordinances define what is and what is not acceptable in a public place. If you have a question in your mind about if it is proper to wear a Chaplain uniform then do not wear it there!
- Perform the ceremony out of uniform is OK in a lay ceremony.
- Reports to the EMMI Chaplaincy Ministry about alleged uniform violations will be investigated and sanctions applied where necessary.
The uniform of the EMMI Chaplaincy Ministry is the same for men and women except for the black skirt, Ladies chaplain may wear either black pants or black skirt as they feel best serves their purpose and have to be a knee-length black skirt.
- Socks are black and if ladies wear a skirt and hosiery, hosiery is black or natural skin colour.
- Shoes shall be polished and black.
- In day to day work, black running shoes are accepted but not in a ceremony.
- Also a crucifix or cross on a chain provided by us, name tag and badge in a lather case complete the uniform with engraved name tag will be worn on over the right pocket.
- A baseball type cap with the word “CHAPLAIN” may be worn or a cross.
For religious ceremonials you will need a white Alb and 6 stoles ( white or cream, mauve, red, blue , green and gold) need to be wear. Also a preaching gown if needed only on specific occasion.
The chaplaincy Ministry
A priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, lay representative of a world view attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, police department, university, or private chapel. Though originally the word “chaplain” referred to representatives of the Christian faith, it is now applied to men and women of other religions or philosophical traditions such as in the case of the humanist Belgium. In recent years many lay individuals have received professional training in chaplaincy and are now appointed as to work alongside or instead of official members of the clergy. The concept of ‘generic’ and/or multi-faith chaplaincy is also gaining increasing support, particularly within health care and educational settings. (Wikipedia.org)
Types Of Services
- Hospital Chaplaincy
- Military Chaplaincy
- Correctional Chaplaincy
- Workplace Chaplaincy
- Hospice Chaplaincy
- Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy
- Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
- Fire Department Chaplaincy
- EMS Chaplaincy
- Pet Chaplaincy
- School Chaplaincy
- Non-Profits Groups Chaplaincy
People Helping People Nationally with the Chaplaincy organization with the clergy members visiting people.
A chaplain provides pastoral (spiritual) and emotional support for service personnel, including the conduct of religious services in the field. Chaplaincy is a ministry serving hospital, nursing home, or institution. We wear military uniforms, hospital gowns, hard hats, and badges, chaplains are generally a bi-vocational minister.
(We are not paid)
A note on ranks:
For people not member of the chaplaincy, all civilians and others the chaplain rank is “Chaplain”.
EMMI have only 3 levels in the chaplaincy who are Junior, Senior and Master. An other title is added to them depending on responsibilities so a Senior Chaplain can have the title of Captain if he or she is in charge of other Chaplains including others.
- Commander is a master chaplain and shall be in charge of all Eric Michel Ministries Int’l as a Director.
- Master Chaplains that have other Lay, Junior, or Senior Chaplains reporting to them for assignments, mentoring or other needs.
- Master Chaplain the applicant must be an ordained minister and have at least 5 years of experience in their existing field of ministry. The Master Chaplain is often deployed in the field, working with victims, survivors, team members, and others.
- Senior Chaplain the applicant must be an ordained minister and have at least 3 years of experience in their existing field of ministry.
- Junior Chaplain shall be ordained and thus responsible for themselves.
For ALL Junior Chaplains, the MINIMUM required course study is Basic Ministry Course, completion of the course on-line exam with a passing score of 75% or higher, and a one page thesis statement.
Junior Chaplains will also be required to file a monthly report for a period not less than six months but not more two years. The report is intended to aid in the development of the Junior Chaplain and to provide an open channel for encouragement, mentoring, or any action that can assist the Junior Chaplain to succeed.
Registered Chaplain must be a legally ordained minister with at least 1 year of experience in your existing field of ministry. And need to be qualify as a Chaplain from any Christian Chaplain Training, like with our partner: IFCC on Facebook Main Site Apply
Basic Chaplain are those who have very little experience or no experience in ministry.
Basic chaplains are required to complete an ordination course for Lay Chaplain and Assistant.
A lay person by definition is NOT ordained but are assigned to some institution and they work as an assistant to an ordained minister and are under the guidance of the institution. No uniform.
NB: Commander, Chief Chaplain, Deputy Chief Chaplain, Associate Chief Chaplain, Assistant Chief Chaplain, Superintendent Chaplain and any other ranks of management over Senior Chaplain are all Master Chaplain with higher responsibility. The rank-responsibility are offer according to merits and only in needed base.
List of ranks for large organization under EMMI
- Commander of the Chaplaincy (Archbishop)
- Chief of the Chaplaincy (Bishop)
- Deputy Chief Chaplain (Bishop)
- Associate Chief Chaplain
- Assistant Chief Chaplain
- Superintendent Chaplain
- Master Chaplain
- Senior Chaplain
- Junior Chaplain
- Registered Chaplain (Seminarian)
- Chief Assistant Lay
- Master Assistant Lay
- Senior Assistant Lay
- Junior Assistant Lay
The Superintendent Chaplain is NOT the same, equivalent or associate in any way with the Superintendent Bishop in charge of a District for the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry. Read about Lay Chaplain in Role.
Lay Chaplain Ministry roles
In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not a part of the clergy, whether they are or are not members of religious institutes, for example, a nun or lay brother. The word lay derives from the Anglo-French lay meaning the people at large.
- Conducting Prayers
- Publishing banns of marriage
- Teaching, and assisting in the pastoral care
- Conducting funerals
- Acting as ushers
- Acting as liturgists
- Making announcements
- Reading scripture
- Giving guest preaching sermons
- Serving or chairing church committees
- Congregational advocate and liaison
EMMI Lay Chaplains are appointed by our Elders Board and are trained. They help ministers to perform marriages and the spiritual ceremonies. Building on our commitment to inclusiveness and our celebration of diversity, our chaplains are dedicated to bringing a sense of the sacred into what are often non-denominational and even secular ceremonies.
Based on personal integrity and People often choose a Lay Chaplain to officiate their ceremonies when their values and beliefs no longer fit with traditional religious perspectives. For example, many same-sex couples,
interfaith couples, and previously divorced couples choose us to help them celebrate their weddings.
Whose ceremony is it? Our Chaplains recognize that different people have different needs and preferences. They are prepared to tailor the structure and content of a ceremony to meet individual needs. While ceremonies must be consistent with the fundamental values of IUM, It is your ceremony!
What do EMMI Lay Chaplains charge for their services? There are fees for the ceremonies conducted. These are discussed in advance with the Chaplains. A wedding development, rehearsal and service is $200. Fees for other Ceremonies, Rituals and Rites of Passage vary according to the length and planning involved in the service.
Weddings – Marriages
Our Chaplains specialize in performing wedding ceremonies which meet the special needs of the couple. After meeting with the couple, a ceremony is crafted which will be joyful, loving, meaningful and memorable. It may include favourite readings and music or other elements, e.g., a unity candle lighting, flower ceremony, hand-fasting, wine cup ceremony etc. Each service is custom designed in collaboration with those who are directly involved. Special family blessings or family member participation is also encouraged if desired. On July 8th, 2003 British Columbia became the second province to legalize same-sex marriage. EMMI Lay Chaplains are legally able to marrysame-sex couples. (See: Marriage – IAoC)
Memorial Service – Funerals
Our Lay-Chaplains have been professionally trained to provide a funeral or memorial service that is an essential step in the grief and healing process following the death of a loved one. We can be an important part of the process of families, friends and community coming together to support each other in their grief, remembering and holding dear those who have died and seeking understanding that can lead to healing. Our Chaplains provide a service that is sensitive to the wishes of all of those involved, while at the same time providing a space to celebrate the life of the deceased in an expression of affirmation of that person’s life. Ceremonies may also include elements which respect the diverse religious beliefs of those attending
Infant Naming and Child Dedications
This is a celebration of new life and a community ritual around the commitment to the well-being of our children. Participants dedicate themselves to the task of raising a child with love and fairness, and to nurturing a sense of responsibility to themselves and to others. This is joyful and meaningful a ceremony for parents, siblings and other family and friends.
In accordance with the belief that everyone has the right to develop an authentic faith of their own choice, this ceremony is not about binding the child to a particular set of beliefs.
Other Rites of Passage
There are significant passages that we travel through and not taking the time to acknowledge the profound spiritual growth that occurs with each one. Our Lay Chaplains can help arrange meaningful services to mark the milestones in our lives.