Summary:  Promote spiritual, emotional, relational, and financial HEALTH for all crew. Provide and facilitate pastoral care for all Mercy Ships personnel. Influence, encourage, shepherd, teach, counsel and mediate in both proactive and responsive ways.

Accepting applications.

The primary focus of our onboard Chaplaincy team is to provide and facilitate the appropriate pastoral care for all Mercy Ships crew members. Our servant-hearted chaplains are here to promote spiritual, emotional, relational, and financial health, helping each volunteer fulfill their full potential with Mercy Ships. 

The Chaplain/Counselor volunteer position, part of the Chaplaincy department, will be located on the Africa Mercy and Global Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ships. The preferred minimum commitment for this role is two years. We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date. Commitments longer than twelve months require successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding Program

Are you interested in coming with your family? This position qualifies for a family cabin on board! Please refer to the Family FAQs for more information. 

Qualifications required:

  • Master's degree (M.A.) or equivalent, or four years minimum related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least two years of international travel is desired
  • Clear criminal records check, background check and/or working with children certificate (or national equivalent) 

Questions about this information? Send us an email! Our recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at [email protected].