Posted on Feb 13, 2018
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Lt Col Scott Shuttleworth
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Be out and about with your sailors and Marines. Don't expect them to come to you all the time...something about being seen walking into a chapel especially when your team members know you are struggling. You will be amazed how a ping pong game or a game of horseshoes or checkers or a run etc will open up someone to you. Conversations here will flow into others especially when they feel comfortable around you. People will have to trust you before they will come see you. As stated below, be honest speak truth and don't be judgemental...they will know if you are slinging bull to just try to get close to them. The chaplains that I have been closest to over the years have beenthe ones that I got to know because they were out and about in the unit...not behind a desk in the chapel

As a side note...cookies are always good!!!
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Lt Col Scott Shuttleworth
Lt Col Scott Shuttleworth
4 mo
COL Jon Lopey - Outstanding response!!!
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Lt Col Michael Kwan
Lt Col Michael Kwan
4 mo
Be mindful that there are many religions there, not just Christians and respect others who may believe differently.
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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
3 mo
Michael: Chaplains definitely have to be "switch-hitters!" Thanks, COL L
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Absolutely! Be out and see your folks. Best of luck, thanks for your service!
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COL Aviation Combined Arms Operations
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Thank you for volunteering to serve in what may become the hardest job you will ever love. In my 38 years of service, the military Chaplains always stood out in what they did and didn't do compared to lay clergy. I don't know which religion you are ordained under, but here are some truths:
1. Everyone has a different relationship with God and you are not there to put them on the path of righteousness.
2. I will attend a military church service over a civilian one anytime because the chaplain focuses on the Gospel and not a social justice lecture and separate me from my money. So leave your desire to fix the world at the main gate. Focus on one sailor at a time.
3. If your unit/installation/ship/squadron gives you the opportunity to get to know the sailors, airmen, marines, officers, and even warrants on a social basis, seize it. You need to build relationships in an environment where change is the only constant. You do work on a referral basis.
4. Even in the reserve components, some people will seek you out if you are a good listener and can keep their confidence. Do not betray them.
5. Bad things happen during the work week when you are not at drill, ACDUTRA, or TAD. Be prepared to lend a hand when a shipmate loses a child, a spouse, or a job. Sometimes they just need your shoulder and no judgement.

As an FYI, I was married by one of my unit chaplains, my son was baptized by one, and I'll probably be buried by one. And I was a reservist.
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
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PO2 David Dunlap - Absolutely David. I's not like there's a church on every corner. Don't need mass or communion every time. Just that kind of presence helps. You nailed it.
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
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PO2 David Dunlap - Sometimes in Nam when things were at their worst. We had a saying, "tell you troubles to Jesus, because the Chaplains over the hill".
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SPC Mike Davis
SPC Mike Davis
4 mo
A christian minister of the Gospel is to "preach in season and out of season." That means all the time, everywhere. A lay man is someone who is formally uneducated in the Christian faith. Billie Sunday comes to mind. The bars in Chicago would shut down when he came to town and preached. The military will destroy this young chaplain. Women are not called to pulpit ministry. If he was to so declare. You would use your rank to destroy his fidelity to his written orders. He is not ordained to the Christian (little CHRIST) faith to get along and go along. All other religions recognized by the military are cults (false.) They are in desperate need to be converted. Failing that wonderful life changing event. They are doomed to an eternity in Hell. For your information Col. I personally know of missionaries who are so committed to their LORD'S calling they live in constant fear for their lives and for the lives of their children. No military chaplain has ever come close to such a life of faith. Most live in military housing and attend social events at the officers club. Chaplin Carr! if your calling is to military personnel. Resign and start a mission close to base. The longer you associate with an organization that accepts and promotes human perversion, a policy your faith is no more or no less then Islam. A policy you may never pray in JESUS name then the more your faith and love for CHRIST will fade. Your end will be far worse than you can imagine. You will be an empty man, sorrowful, realising you gave away an exciting life in unhindered service to your LORD. For a mere pot of porridge.
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COL Jon Lopey
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COL: Great response and some excellent advice...! Thanks, COL L
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LCDR Sales & Proposals Manager Gas Turbine Products
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CHAPS-Patience is a virtue. You're going to have everyone from kids embarking on the biggest adventure of their lives to "young old men" struggling to get through another year towards retirement. You're also going to be the only "therapist", "priest" and advocate for many across many beliefs, creeds and expectations. You'll hear every "Sea Lawyer" trick on the books...and a few that haven't been written yet. That cross on your collar sometimes means more than the rank on the other side and then again, you're still a serving officer...it's a line you'll have to walk, but one many have walked successfully before. Look for the guy circling the drain and don't let him go down. Never forget that your greatest weapon is faith...and your "Boss" is a great commander.

Best wishes and Best of Luck! (from one the CHAPS didn't let go down the drain)
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Thank you for your wisdom. Encouraged to hear the chaplain ministry was a personal blessing to you.
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