We are pleased to welcome two new Chaplain Candidates with All Points Baptist Mission. Bro. Josh McDowell, and Joshua Vernon (and his wife, Autumn) have been accepted to apply for the Chaplain Candidate program for the US Military. We are excited to get behind these men of God as they pursue His call on their life.
Make plans now to come for this years Advanced Missionary and Chaplaincy Training!
AMCT 2018 will be from August 5th through the 10th.
Pastor’s Day is Tuesday, August 7th! Missionary, Chaplain, or Pastor – Register today!
II Timothy 2:2
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Addressing the Misconceptions
I am often asked by curious church members about the role performed by military chaplains. The greatest concerns can be summarized by this question, “Can an Independent Baptist be a chaplain without compromising his convictions?” That question, though inconceivable to our nation’s founders, is now front and center.
There are many misconceptions about religion in the military and the liberties of the chaplain. Some think that chaplains are simply compromisers who can’t preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ or pray in Jesus’ name. Others wrongly lament that troops are not allowed to pray. Some assume that chaplains and military members must embrace the homosexual community as a result of recent legislation, while many suppose chaplains are ministering outside of the authority of the local New Testament church. Because of these misconceptions, most conclude that a military chaplain will simply be swallowed up by the diversity and pluralism of the military and become a wayward minister who can’t really make a difference in the lives of troops.
Can chaplains committed to biblical Christianity truly minister according to their biblical convictions? The answer: a resounding, YES!
Chaplains in the military are fully protected to freely exercise their dearest held beliefs. In addition to the First Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from making laws against the free exercise of religion, many regulations serve as safeguards at every level of the military’s structure to ensure a Chaplain’s rights.
My mission board and endorsing agent, All Points Baptist Mission, takes great care to ensure that the personal convictions of their chaplains are protected. APBM is unique because they are strictly a local church ministry. Operating under the authority of Calvary Baptist Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio, All Points assists other churches to place their members into the military as chaplains. All Points Baptist Mission will only consider men who are members of an Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church.
As a Chaplain with All Points, I am allowed and expected to preach the Gospel in military chapels anywhere across the globe. Public invitations are given in the chapel ministries. Not only in the chapels, but in all kinds of settings, our chaplains are proclaiming Acts 4:12 ‘Neither is their salvation in any other; for there in none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’ Many of our military men and women, as well as their families, are saved each year through the preaching and personal evangelism of our chaplains.
Becoming a Chaplain
So what does it take to become a chaplain? There are four major requirements: Education, Experience, Endorsement, and Entrance requirements.
Every prospective chaplain must possess a Master of Divinity degree, a 90 credit hour graduate degree from an accredited university or seminary. Several years of ministry experience is required before becoming a Chaplain in order to ensure that ministers are prepared to face the challenges of providing pastoral care to troops. The Endorser, what many would call a “mission board,” is an ecclesiastical organization recognized by the Department of Defense to prepare prospective chaplains for military service. They represent their chaplains before the senior military leadership at the Pentagon and provide professional guidance, training, and counselling to their chaplains. No person can serve as a military chaplain without an official endorsement. My Endorsing agent is All Points Baptist Mission. Because the chaplain will be a commissioned officer in the military, he must pass military standards in physical fitness, be able to obtain a security clearance, and be younger than 42 years of age at the time of commissioning. Overall, the chaplain candidate must be spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally prepared to serve as a Chaplain in the military. The average candidate will spend 8-10 years working to complete their seminary training, gain ministry experience, and complete the military application process.
When the minister is accepted into the Chaplaincy, the real work of ministry begins. Military chaplains are focused on three main ministry efforts to troops and their families. Chaplains “nurture the living” by providing pastoral care, counseling, preaching, and teaching on topics including discipleship, marriage retreats, and suicide prevention seminars. Chaplains also “care for the wounded” during and after deployments in combat areas and assist the troops in their recovery from physical and moral injuries as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lastly, chaplains are vital in “honoring the dead” by presiding over funerals and providing grief counseling.
The courageous men and women who serve in our armed forces sacrifice their time and treasure to defend America and keep her free. While all have given some, some have given all. While serving our country may cost some people their lives, it should not cost them their souls. Our uniformed service members need Chaplains with solid biblical convictions that will be where it matters, when it matters, with what matters the most – the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you pray and fast for America – Pray for our national and military leaders, members of the armed forces, and our Baptist Chaplains. Above all, pray that the word of God continues to have free course in the fields of military ministry (2 Thess. 3:1).
US Army Chaplain
We are pleased to welcome the Philip Ninan Family as a missionary with APBM. Brother Ninan is called to minister to the people of India, and we greatly look forward to working with him as he and his family begins deputation.
After leaving Vanavara one week ago on May 7, and after spending a week in Krasnoyarsk with friends and church family, we are now getting ready to depart from Russia as we follow the Lord’s leading to our new place of service in Stephenville, NL. While it has been a very emotional and difficult time saying goodbye to those that we know and love, the Lord has given grace and His peace that passes all understanding still continues to rule in our hearts.
Tomorrow, May 15, at 11am local time (12 midnight EDT), we will fly out of Krasnoyarsk and begin the long trip back to the States. Our flights take us through Moscow and New York before arriving at our destination in Portland, ME. We would ask that you please uphold us in your prayers during this time of travel for safety, for our luggage to make it without any problems and that we would be able to get some rest on the flights.
Lord willing we will be arriving into Portland between midnight and 1am Wednesday morning. We will update everyone upon our arrival back in the States.
Matt Northcutt, Via the Northbound Northcutt’s Blog:
Thank you for praying for your missionaries! Below is an email that we received from Bro. JR Wright this afternoon.
I just wanted to send out a thank you and brief update as many of you have been praying that we would have a quick answer from Greenland concerning our residence permit. We received an email from the Denmark embassy Tuesday that Greenland has approved my family and I for a one year residence permit. We now will be able to work on setting up a date for our container and air line tickets for our move. We are simply moving and focusing on one step at time, as the Lord continues to open the door, till very soon we will be in Greenland! Thank you to all that are and have been praying for us! May the Lord bless you!
Missionary to Greenland
Please continue to pray for our missionaries as they endeavor to do the Lord’s will in their lives!
All Points Baptist Mission is happy to announce that we now have the opportunity to receive online donations, via PayPal. Please visit our “Give” page for more details. Donations can be made directly to the ministry of All Points Baptist Mission, or to assist a specific APBM Missionary, using two different ways to give.
- Donations to APBM may use this link:
- Donations to APBM Missionaries may use this link, with the requirement that the designation be specified in the space provided. Specific Fund Designations must be only for Funds approved by APBM leadership. Please keep in mind that PayPal will deduct a small percentage for their services.
We are pleased to welcome the Brian Hollis Family as a missionary with APBM. Brother Hollis is called to minister to the people of Bolivia, and we greatly look forward to working with him as he and his family begin deputation.
We have just heard from APBM Missionary Andy Sharpeta on Viesques Island, Puerto Rico. He was able to borrow the Mayor’s satellite phone to make the call, the only one on the island. Andy, his wife and four children are all safe. Anything built of wood on the island is pretty much gone. They have enough food and water for the time being; most folks do not. Andy has been given a line of credit to get food for distribution to people who are without. He has a small generator that helps for some things, but I imagine that gasoline will be a problem shortly.
We have yet to hear from Missionary Ed Bauman. They are on the big island of Puerto Rico.
We are setting up a relief fund for victims of hurricane
Maria on Puerto Rica. This will be administered by All Points Baptist Mission through our missionaries, the Sharpetas and the Baumans (assuming the Baumans are OK) and will be an important part of their ministry now for a while. Anyone wishing to give to this effort may do so by contacting the APBM office.
Thank you for your consideration,
Gary E. Forney – Executive Director
All Points Baptist Mission
A ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Make all checks payable to the address below. You may also send a payment from your online banking, with our payee information below. Please be sure to include “Puerto Rico Relief Fund” to assist with support designation.
As always, 100% of all designated money is sent on directly to the missionary. We do not charge anything to handle money for our missionaries, however PayPal does deduct 2.2% from each gift, plus $0.30 per transaction. A tax deductible receipt is returned for each gift, by mail or email.
All Points Baptist Mission
PO Box 977
New Philadelphia, OH 44663-0977
If you wish to donate online, please use this Paypal Button. Once you are logged in to PayPal, please specify whether the donation is to be specifically for the Bauman Family, the Sharpeta Family, or as a whole, the Puerto Rico Relief Fund. (i.e.. “E. Bauman”, “A. Sharpeta”, or “Relief Fund”). The Missionaries will receive all that is donated, except for what PayPal deducts for their service.
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