Are you interested in being endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists?

What is Endorsement?

Endorsement is an exclusive covenant relationship between the Alliance of Baptists and the clergy person the Alliance endorses. The Alliance provides guidance, support and discernment to those seeking to become endorsed chaplains and provides support to those who serve in these ministries. Endorsement is an official declaration by the Alliance of Baptists that a clergy person meets the Alliance’s standards to serve in a specialized ministry setting of chaplaincy or clinical education. Alliance chaplains are endorsed to serve in various contexts including healthcare, all branches of the military, prisons, and in non-profit organizations such as child advocacy centers, and homeless shelters. 

Endorsed chaplains represent the Alliance, adhering to our ethical standards and living out our mission and covenant statements.  Endorsed chaplains demonstrate ongoing participation in the life of the Alliance, as well as maintaining communication and accountability to the Alliance.


The Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves offer a chaplain candidate program. This program is designed to support candidates as they discern if military chaplaincy is right for them.

Approval to serve as a Chaplain Candidate is an official process by the AOB to discern whether a person meets the Alliance’s standards to serve in the specialized military training as a Chaplain Candidate. A Chaplain Candidate will be a full-time theological student in an ATS accredited school and participating in congregational life. The AOB will follow the maximum time limit set by the military service branch for maintaining the ‘approval’ status of a chaplain candidate. 

What is the Endorsement Process and Timeline?

The Alliance Endorser receives applications for Endorsement and for the military chaplain program quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. All materials are submitted electronically to the Endorser at

For more details on the military chaplain candidate and the endorsement process refer to the Endorsement Manual.

Application submitted by: Decision rendered by:
January 1March 31
April 1June 30
July 1September 30
October 1December 31

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