The authorisation process
The Free Churches Group has reviewed the process for its accreditation of chaplains. The new process is not tied in to membership of the Free Churches Group and is now open to other denominations that are in membership with Churches Together in England.
The process requires denominations to establish their own clear authorisation process, taking into account a minister's suitability and training for this aspect of ministry. A chaplain, or prospective chaplain, will need to understand the 'Five Marks of Chaplaincy', and will also need to relate to the church locally, giving assurance that they have their own pastoral support.
Chaplains are expected to "re-register" annually by completing an online form: