Endorsing bodies have responsibility for recruitment, endorsement, and support of clergy in extension ministries beyond local congregations. Clergy or commissioned individuals serve as chaplains and spiritual/pastoral counselors in many settings beyond church walls, including healthcare, criminal justice, military, first responder, higher and parochial education, corporate/industrial, social service providers, and others. Endorsing bodies provide support, advocacy, and accountability for those within a given tradition. The table below is a listing of endorsing bodies in the United States. If you have questions or think we’ve missed an endorser, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.