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A note on ranks:
For people not members of the chaplaincy, all civilians and others, the chaplain rank is “Chaplain”.

EMMI has only 3 levels in the chaplaincy are Junior, Senior and Master. Another 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.

Senior Chaplains.

  • 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. 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 the Basic Ministry Course, completion of the course on-line exam with a passing score of 75% or higher, and a one (1) 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 qualify as a Chaplain from any Christian Chaplain Training, like with our partner: IFCC on Facebook  / Main Site /  Apply

Basic Chaplains 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 layperson by definition is NOT ordained but is 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 is offered according to merits and only in the needed base.

List of ranks for a large organization under EMMI

  1. Commander of the Chaplaincy (Archbishop)
  2. Chief of the Chaplaincy (Bishop)
  3. Deputy Chief Chaplain (Bishop)
  4. Associate Chief Chaplain
  5. Assistant Chief Chaplain
  6. Superintendent Chaplain
  7. Master Chaplain
  8. Senior Chaplain
  9. Junior Chaplain
  10. Registered Chaplain (Seminarian)
  11. Chief Assistant Lay
  12. Master Assistant Lay
  13. Senior Assistant Lay
  14. Junior Assistant Lay

Please Note:
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 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 EMMI, 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 that 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 marry same-sex couples.

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 that 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 a joyful and meaningful 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.

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