Friday, April 13, 2007

Father Mulcahy wants you!

Interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor about the Army's attempt to recruit more chaplains -- right now, it's roughly 450 short of the 3,000 it would like to have, with National Guard and Army Reserve units the most in need.

The good news: you're definitely working with people who could use some help. What's more, the pay isn't bad: seminary students who sign up with the National Guard, for instance, can get a $10K signing bonus and up to $4,500 year for educational expenses -- and if you've already completed seminary, you can be forgiven as much as $20,000 in student loans.

The bad news: the prospect of violent death. Then too, signing up with the National Guard or Army Reserve commits you to one weekend of training per month -- and yes, that's kind of hard to manage if you're pastoring a two-church district on your own. But if you're an associate pastor whose church is willing to work with you on this (and you have an M.Div. and you're somewhere between the ages of 21 and 42), then . . .

Well, the least you could do is click on the title of this post for the article.