Almost all chaplains and spiritual care providers work in settings that are someone’s workplaces, Hospitals, airports, prisons etc. are all workplaces though researchers tend not to conceive of them as such saving the term “workplace chaplains” for individuals doing this work in for-profit contexts. Two organizations supporting such workplace chaplains, as well as a research center on these settings, are linked below. If you’ve got more resources you think we should include on this sector, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Chaplains of America
People spend more time at work than anywhere else. But just because they go to work doesn’t mean they’ve left their worries at home. Anxieties crowd out focused work time. Hospital visits create mounting unpaid days off. Illness and death devastate families and burden employees with skyrocketing health care costs.
Employees aren’t the only ones who suffer during crisis. Time after time, employers repeat stories of inadequate workplace support programs and feelings of helplessness.
Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA) brings care and compassion to the workplace, where it is needed most, and where it can make a meaningful difference. Because of our boots-on-the-ground approach to ministry, CCA can care for those who need a trusted objective friend and confidant and those who can’t bear their burdens alone anymore.
CCA employs primarily full-time, long-term chaplains who combine workplace experience with professional chaplaincy training. Our proven process incorporates management principles that provide employee support with the greatest convenience to the CEO/business owner and with the maximum impact for the employee. CCA provides:
- Seamless integration of chaplaincy into companies large and small, public and private
- Full-time administrative staff dedicated to chaplain recruitment and support
- Branded uniform clothing consistent with a workplace environment
- Continuing education training
- Sound financial management and accountability
Marketplace Chaplains is the largest and longest continuing provider of workplace chaplains to corporate America today.
Founded in Dallas, Texas, on January 1, 1984, it has expanded every year for the past 35 years and today serves every state in the country as well as many companies in Canada and Mexico.
Over 1,500 chaplains now serve from California to Massachusetts, providing personal care for more than 780,000 employees and family members.Founder Gil Stricklin’s visionary leadership and willingness to obey God’s call, along with support and encouragement from his wife Ann, fueled him to persistently present the idea to Dallas-area business leaders for years. Ed Bonneau became the first company leader as soon as he heard about the idea, immediately seeing it as the solution to solving many of his employees’ problems. Gil then became the first chaplain, serving Bonneau’s sunglasses distribution company.
Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative
The purpose of the Princeton Faith & Work Initiative is to generate intellectual frameworks and practical resources for the issues and opportunities surrounding faith/religion/spirituality and work.
The Initiative investigates the ways in which the resources of various religious traditions and spiritual identities shape and inform engagement with diverse workplace issues as ethics, values, vocation, meaning, purpose, and how people live out their religion/spirituality in an increasingly pluralistic world. The Initiative explores pressing marketplace topics, including ethics, global competition and its ramifications, wealth creation and poverty, diversity and inclusion, conflicting stakeholder interests, and social responsibility.
The Faith & Work Initiative accomplishes its mission through a mixture of research, teaching, lectures, and conferences, and other programs geared toward students, academics, and leaders in the marketplace. The Initiative draws on the resources found in many of the world’s great religious traditions and teachings, as well as on interdisciplinary insights and dialogue with a wide range of thought leaders, as it develops scholarly frameworks and practical resources to engage constructively the issues and opportunities surrounding faith and work.
Professor David W. Miller, PhD brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic and business world. Before receiving his Ph.D. in ethics, he spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance.