What is the difference between a Chaplain and a Pastor?

The Chaplain by definition is a pastor in the workplace. The Chaplain’s “church” has no walls. The Chaplain is there solely to help the employee do their job better in any way he can.

Is the Chaplain an employee of the business?

No, the Chaplain is a contract supplier and adheres to strict guidelines concerning confidentiality. The employee can be assured that what is discussed will go no further, unless the employee reveals that they are contemplating harming themselves, others, or destroying company property. In those cases the Chaplain is obligated to bring in the proper authorities in order to protect all involved.

Is the employee the only one who can benefit from the services of the Chaplain?

No, the Chaplain is available for all immediate family members. This would include, but is not limited to, in home visits, hospital visits, funeral home visits, and jail or prison visits when possible.

Will I get into trouble with authorities for having a Chaplain in my business?

The services of a Chaplain by an employee are strictly voluntary. It is not forced on anyone. Courts have ruled that a chaplain is different from a pastor in that the main job of a chaplain is to help the employee do their job better. The objective of a pastor is evangelism. Therefore, chaplains are found in the military, both Houses of Congress, government offices, and even public schools. Chaplains are allowed into areas of crisis, such as hurricanes, tornados, and manmade disasters. Chaplains were allowed into Ground Zero after the 9/11 disaster when pastors were turned away. The courts look at chaplains differently. (See: Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace)

Can an employee speak with the Chaplain about spiritual matters?

Of course! If the employee brings it up, the Chaplain will answer any question he can as long as it does not interfere with work.

Will the Chaplain have an office in my business?

No, the Chaplain’s main function is to be among the employees. An office is not needed.

Do you do counseling?

No, we at Workplace Chaplain Services (WCS) are not trained and licensed counselors and do not advertise as such. But we do keep a library of services available to the public that we can recommend for different situations.

How do you set your fee?

The fee is based on the number of employees that the Chaplain would be working with, including managers and owners.

Is there a contract?

No, there is no contract. The services are on a month-to-month basis. If at any time the company decides that the Chaplain services are not working out for whatever reason, we will end the services. Our policy is we do not keep any money that the company does not want us to have.

Further questions? Call us at (704) 622-3812.