Military Chaplain Ministry

Capt. Steven D. Brown (Ret.)

This course describes in detail the Military Command Religious Program (CRP). The Military Chaplain functions as a Pastor, Missionary, and Evangelist in the execution of the Command Religious Program. Usually chapel-centric, the CRP must be comprehensive, command approved, and enduring. It must also be tailored to the unique giftedness of each Chaplain. 

In response to the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Christians seek to evangelize and disciple the whole world. Christ, our Lord, has promulgated the course of action for this worldwide mission (Acts 1:8). Christians have dual citizenship with dual responsibilities (Matthew 22:21, Romans 13:1-7; Philippians 3:20). Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Guardians and Marines serve in “resisted access institutions” that allow some US Citizens to serve Christ as Military Chaplains. Chaplains serve essentially as Pastors-in-Uniform. In response to the Scripture references above, this course will help future Military Chaplains contextualize their New Testament church ministry into the unique military culture using the culture’s terminology and venue, the Command Religious Program (CRP).  As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to adapt local church ministry into the unique and restricted access institutional military culture and gain practical and contemporary guidance from currently serving Military Chaplains. 3 credit hours.

Capt. Steven Brown has served at VBTS as an adjunct professor in military chaplaincy since 2013, when he retired from 33 years of Active and Reserve chaplaincy in the Navy and Marine Corps. Capt. Brown serves full-time as the President of Associated Gospel Churches (AGC), which currently endorses 100 active duty and reserve military chaplains. Capt. Brown earned his degrees at Bob Jones University (BA, MA, MDiv, DD), Trinity International University (MRE), and Southern California Seminary (DD). Read more....

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25% – Reading
30% – CRP Project (15–20 pages to complete a Command Religious Program that would be presented to a Commanding Officer)
20% – Writing Project (5 pages on a chaplain's philosophy of ministry)
25% – Interview Project

The textbooks below were required the last time this course was delivered. They are subject to change for the next delivery of this course.