Workplace chaplains

We try to make our company an easy place for people to meet Jesus.  

Mike used to be an Anglican minister. His church morphed into a network of house churches and he and his wife now also work as chaplains for several companies. Mike and Carol come to our company on a regular basis as workplace chaplains. They teach the principles of teamwork as well as being available to our staff  to talk over any issues they might have.  We believe their impact has been to increase productivity and promote company loyalty. They provide support to our employees in times of difficulty. We have won several awards for being one of the best small companies to work for in our city, or for “innovative health and wellness,” and I know that workplace chaplaincy has been a big part of that. 

I’m often asked what a pastor can do if he no longer has a church. So it was with interest that I saw this post from a different Mike–Mike Tummillo. Mike has been a workplace chaplain for some time. Here’s what he says:

Is your church utilizing the services of Chaplains as part of their ministry?

The best thing about Chaplains is they can serve all day long and in places where the local church usually can’t go. I’m sure you’re familiar with the work of Chaplains in the military, law enforcement and in prisons. You’re probably familiar with Chaplains going into nursing homes, jails, and hospitals, too. But did you know Chaplains are in workplaces and at disaster sites, too? Fact is, Chaplains are often officiating weddings and funerals, baptisms and baby dedications so the local church ministers won’t have to.

As Founder of The Church @ Work (TCAW), I received a word of prophesy stating that hundreds of Chaplains would be certified through this ministry. Since then, we have certified more than 50 Chaplains from all over the nation. Many of these Chaplains have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), CERT, CPR and, like myself, have used this training in crisis situations including the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma F-5 tornado and the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion.

Disasters are on the increase! Jesus said there’d be days like these. A disaster doesn’t have to be a tornado touching down or an active shooter. For many individuals, it’s a marriage falling apart, a pregnant teen, a son killed in a motorcycle crash, or a spouse incarcerated for selling meth, or a bad doctor’s report.

Do you know anyone who would appreciate the opportunity to serve in this way? They do not have to possess a seminary or Bible College background. All they need to be is available. These should be individuals who know God has ordained them and they desire to do more to build His Kingdom… more than tithing and spectating, that is. These are folks with so much to give and, within the church structure, have simply run out of opportunities there. Becoming certified through TCAW will reduce the chances they’ll become dissatisfied with their current church and may reduce chances they’ll look into a larger ministry with more opportunities for them.

Serving as a Chaplain has been the most satisfying ministry I’ve ever imagined. Chances are, someone you know would feel the same way. Pass this message along to them right now. They’ll be very grateful you did!

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work (TCAW)


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3 thoughts on “Workplace chaplains”

  1. George Barna has been saying for years that the new church will encompass workplaces and other “non-church” environments. And Frost and Hirsch have suggested we need to minister in the places where people are. So this surely is a wonderful opportunity for those with the gifts and training.

    But I wonder how many pastors have the “right” training? Graduates from one of largest evangelical colleges in Australia are likely (it seems to me, having observed some close up) to have a good knowledge of a particular doctrinaire way to interpret the Bible, a commitment to preaching as the single method of ministry (despite educationalists knowing it is a very poor method of communicating and changing). Most of them lack the empathy (to want to do that study and to succeed at it generally requires a differently-gifted person) and the training (it is “Bible centred” not very much life or people centred).

    So I hope there are forward looking colleges to train the whole person to do ministry like this.


    1. Good thoughts, Eric. I guess part of my thinking in posting this is that we often get pastors contact us who would love to involve in simple/organic/house church but have to find an alternative means to support their families–and they lack any other qualifications. This is just an encouragement to show that there are other options out there.


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