Non-Military Chaplain Sample Certification for Military Posts
Please copy this draft letter and adapt it for your Christian Science Branch Church or Society use.
Attention: Installation Chaplain
This letter certifies that (New Christian Science Minister name and address) has been appointed the Christian Science Minister for Armed Services Personnel (lay representative) at (Installation name).
Subject to the appropriate authorizations, regulations, and controls of the United States, (new Christian Science Minister), as Minister, has the approval of the board at (Branch Church or Society name), to perform the following functions:
Initiate contact with service personnel who either identify themselves as Christian Scientists or request to see a Christian Science Minister.
Provide counseling and prayer to enable military personnel to deal with moral, spiritual, or physical problems.
Conduct Christian Science services whenever there is a need.
Distribute Christian Science literature to those who would like to have it.
He/she has been instructed to clear all denominational activities through the installation chaplain’s office. We will appreciate any courtesies and assistance you may offer, such as granting access to current lists of service personnel who have declared their religious preference to be Christian Science. Please feel free to contact him/her at any time if you become aware of individuals requesting ministry from a Christian Scientist. His/her telephone number is: (number).
You have our assurance of continued support of your religious program and of our desire to be of service wherever possible.
(Certifying Officials Name: ie. President of your church board)
(Branch Church or Society name)
(Branch Church or Society address)