International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC) is a non profit organization, providing training, recognition, certification and information in the varied areas of chaplaincy. We interface with both the secular and ministry worlds for the purpose of promoting tolerance and understanding, as well as, provide professional, trained and dedicated chaplains in the various fields of need. As our duty and an actual mandate from God, IFOC’s purpose is to “Train (and equip) the saints (the body of Christ) for the work of the ministry”
The work of the chaplain differs greatly from the work of the pastorate. The pastor cares for the spiritual needs of the congregation; whereas, the chaplain must care for the needs of the secular world as well.
There are several fields of chaplaincy, some of which are easily recognized. Others are not. The IFOC endorses all types of chaplains and recognizes the need for credentialed coverage. Some chaplaincy areas of note are, police, fire, hospital, jail, industrial, transportation, search & rescue, sports, collegiate, hospice, nursing home, motor cycle, and the list goes on. All are valid in scope and design. All need education, credentials & guidance to do the work their hearts desire.
Is your church or ministry ready for the next disaster?
“Ministers in the workplace” (chaplains) have training and credentials that open doors of ministry that are currently closed to many individuals and organizations. The I.F.O.C. can help prepare you for the next disaster.
Go to our Membership page for information on chaplain training and credentialing.
Please remember to keep us informed of your current contact information. You can submit your updates here. This will help us keep our membership database up to date.
Can Chaplains play a vital roll in our lives? Twenty-four years ago this June I received a personal “death notice.” I was thirty-one years old with a three-month-old daughter. As I opened my front door there stood a friend who was a Deputy Marshal. He had the daunting task of bringing my deceased husbands personal items to our house and to confirm the fact that my husband had been killed in a truck roll over accident the night before. As kind as this gentleman was there was an awkward time after he gave me the information and delivered the effects. Becoming a Chaplain on June 9, 2016 I looked back on my situation and realized that had a chaplain come with the Marshal it would have been a person who could have helped with the transition instead of just having a door closed and being alone. In our small community there are no specific chaplains so death notices fall on the first responders or Coroner. How kind it would be for every community to have one or two chaplains that would take on this task to support the first responders and build a bridge to the community. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?Chaplain Angie
Sunday at the supermarket (where I generally breeze in and run out!) I took time to visit with the self-check out lady – after years of seeing her there, this time I shared a perfunctory greeting. See how you’re ‘intruding’ in our lives already?!
Thank you for all of the training, my life will never be the sameThanks for the training
About four weeks ago, our neighbors’ home burnt down. I have been by his side many times over the years with death in the family, divorce and now this. Some of the tools that were provided through the training I received from IFOC were in my mind as I stood ministering in the middle of what used to be his home. You just never know when or how one might serve as a ministering hand of comfort.You Just Never Know
Thank You is not enough!Thank You is not enough!
I am truly blessed by your caring for a small community that wants to make a difference for Jesus ChristBlessed
Upcoming Chaplain Training
Visit the Chaplain Training page for a full listing of upcoming training events.
Who Can Become a Chaplain?
Anyone who has been called to a ministry can become a chaplain! As a certified chaplain you will have training in areas such as; providing support to your pastor/church, minister in hospitals, nursing homes, to youth, to the handicapped, as a first responder, and more. Whatever the Lord has called you to ministry for, chaplaincy training can enhance your ministry.
Can I Host a Chaplain Training Event?
Classes are scheduled six months in advance, allowing the time needed for advertising it on the IFOC website and Facebook to help with the recruiting of students.
Class size – We require a minimum of 25 student registrations by the close of “early bird” registration.
The Host – It is the host’s responsibility to provide a facility (at no cost to IFOC), sized for the number of students, with adequate space to allow students to view the projected presentation information (we bring our own equipment).
The class host is responsible to recruit students for their class.