hospital chaplain job description

Job Summary

The hospital chaplain offers spiritual support to patients, their families and hospital staff. This ministry is manifested most clearly in times of crisis. The chaplains are committed to respect the dignity and faith tradition of each individual, and to guide and direct the spiritual climate of the institution. They base their pastoral care ministry on an inclusive basis, open to persons of all faiths or no faith. The chaplains also facilitate communication between patients and their faith communities. The hospital chaplain is selected and appointed by the hospital system.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides pastoral care services to patients in various situations such as undergoing surgical procedures, facing end of life issues or involved in traumatic accidents.
  2. Provides comfort and support to patients’ families and friends.
  3. Provides calming support to angry/distraught family members and friends.
  4. Responds to urgent situations, including, but not limited to, medical emergencies (Code Blue) or death(s) at the request of administrative coordinators, nurses, family etc.
  5. Maintains confidentiality of all patient medical and personal information, including condition.
  6. Works with individuals from diverse economic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.
  7. Works with hospital staff to enhance their sensitivity to the spiritual concerns of patients/families experiencing terminal illness and loss.
  8. Conducts religious services in the hospital chapel.
  9. Assumes personal accountability for the hospital’s mission and core values, as well as RMC’s mission, vision and core values.
  10. Other tasks may be assigned as needed.



  • Spiritual maturity: The hospital chaplain is expected to model a deepening relationship with Christ through prayerful dependence, studying scripture, having a missionary mind-set, intentionally creating relationships, and modeling vibrant leadership, all of which produces living the fruits of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control
  • Financial stability: The hospital chaplain is expected to model stewardship to God and His church by teaching and personally giving to both tithe and the local church budget.
  • Give and receive Accountability: The hospital chaplain is to model life-long learning through reading, attending seminars and learning, including participation in the mandatory annual requirements self-maintenance required by the hospital. The chaplain will also demonstrate understanding of performance improvement principles and activities and will participate in at least one improvement activity annually.
  • Excellence, not perfection: The hospital chaplain is to demonstrate high quality ministerial professionalism as defined by the funding hospital.
  • Enthusiasm: The hospital chaplain is expected to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm for Christ and His church (the sisterhood of churches in RMC) thereby attracting local community members in a contagious, effective way.
  • Growth: The hospital chaplain is expected to grow those under his/her care through old and new ways while caring for the needs of patients, families and employees of the funding hospital.



o Completes annual requirements of training, licensing, confidentiality, etc., as required by funding hospital.

o Completes units for age-specific competencies and outcomes annually.

  • Experience:

o Two years in direct pastoral ministry, with demonstrated effectiveness [preferred].

o Ministry in an acute / healthcare setting [preferred].

o A combination of experience and education may be considered

o The hospital chaplain is on the ordination/commissioning track through the Adventist Chaplaincy department of the General Conference.

  • Competencies (skills and personal characteristics that an individual should possess in order to be successful in this position)

o Consistently demonstrates mission and core values of funding hospital.

o Consistently demonstrates share behaviors (sensing, helping, acknowledging, respecting, explaining).

o Demonstrates ability to empathize.

o Effectively communicates both orally and in writing.

o Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills.

o Supports performance improvement.

o Demonstrates high quality ministerial professionalism.

  • Membership in a local, Rocky Mountain Conference church

o Must be a member of a local Seventh-day Adventist church. If transferring to the RMC region, membership must be transferred within six months to a local church.

o Must contribute tithes and offerings to the local church.

Typical Physical Demands

Must be able to read, speak, and hear. Must be able to effectively communicate in English both orally and in writing. While performing the duties of this job, the chaplain is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, walk, bend, kneel, reach and lift. The chaplain may frequently be required to use stairs. The chaplain may occasionally lift and carry items that can weigh 25 pounds or more for short distances.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Working Conditions

The chaplain works in a hospital environment with patients and their families while often in the midst of trauma/crisis. The position requires physical, emotional and spiritual stamina. The hospital chaplain may be exposed to blood, body fluids and tissue during the course of their job responsibilities.

The chaplain position requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings, weekends and holidays. The position is a full time, salaried position and while the salary is based upon a projected 40 hours per week, the actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

All employees are expected to uphold the values of the local church, the Rocky Mountain Conference and the Seventh-day Adventist church. Employees are missionaries, demonstrating a desire and a commitment to sharing the love of Christ with guests. Every act should be seen as an opportunity to witness.

Please Note: The statements found in this job description are meant to describe the overall general nature and level of the work performed by an employee functioning in this position. The tasks, duties, responsibilities, functions, skills, talents, etc. outlined in the description is not an exhaustive list and should not be construed as such. Rocky Mountain Conference Administration and Hospital Board reserves the right to modify this job description as/when needed in order to fulfill the mission of the Conference/Hospital.




I have fully read and understand my job description. I intend to perform the duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability and will seek guidance and clarification from my direct supervisor if I have questions. I know of no reason that I should not be able to fully comply with the tasks, including the physical demands.



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