"Here I Am, Lord" - An Invitation to Become A Prayer Chaplain

Unity of Fairfax is committed to reaching out in prayer, comfort and support to our congregation through the Prayer Chaplain Program.

As the church continues to grow, our Prayer Chaplains serve to meet the needs of our extended community.  Completing the Prayer Chaplain training and “being” a Prayer Chaplain is transformational soul work.  As you discover your greatness and the greatness of others, we are here to support you as you make this next step on your spiritual journey.

We invite you to prayerfully consider becoming a Prayer Chaplain.  It is a unique service that differs from many of the other volunteer opportunities in terms of commitment–level and responsibilities.  If you are interested, the class “The Language of Unity Prayer” starting on June 6 would be a good introduction and fulfill part of the training requirements.

The following information is provided as a basic introduction to the concept and how it works.

What is a Prayer Chaplain?

A Prayer Chaplain is:
•    Someone who will create and hold a spiritual space with you;
•    Someone who will lovingly listen to you;
•    Someone who will pray with you;
•    Someone who holds what is shared in the strictest confidence.

How Does A Prayer Chaplain Differ From A Chaplain in a Hospital or Care Facility?

Unlike hospital chaplains, Prayer Chaplains are not ordained and are not trained to counsel people.  They are trained to do three things only:  hold spiritual space, listen, and pray.  
Prayer Chaplains are not trained to go out and “minister” to the community-at-large but are trained as a lay resource to help meet the pastoral care needs within our church community.

What Is The Time Commitment?

The Prayer Chaplain Team is a service opportunity for those congregants who are truly looking to take the next step in the development of their spiritual maturity and level of commitment in their spiritual growth.  As such, Prayer Chaplains make a one-year commitment in fulfilling their responsibilities.  These responsibilities include:

  • One-on-one prayer with congregants following Sunday services;
  • A Prayer Chaplain Business Meeting once per month;
  • Annual intensive training.
  • Alternative duties may include assisting with special-focused prayer services throughout the year or Holding the High Watch during congregational meetings.

What If I've Never Done Anything Like This Before?

No prior experience in prayer or praying with others is required to serve as a Prayer Chaplain.  However, you must be an active, voting church member, who has completed Membership classes and a Unity Prayer class.  You also must attend the full Prayer Chaplain Training which is offered once each year.

We invite you to be willing to deepen your spiritual path through prayer and service by making this commitment to our Prayer Chaplain Program. If the Prayer Chaplain Program resonates with you and feels like an opportunity you would like to explore further, please contact Prayer Chaplain Coordinator, Ron Karstetter, at care@unityoffairfax.org


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