We deeply care about our Crew and their spiritual and emotional well-being. We are so grateful for this team of Chaplains, who support Crew in the best and most difficult times, while reminding us of the life we have in Jesus.




Min. 2 years

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About this Role

As a Chaplain, your primary focus will be to lead, teach, and counsel Crew while providing spiritual and moral guidance to all Crew members. You will creatively minister in multi-cultural, multi-denominational settings while also providing a safe, and confidential harbor for the Crew to share their burdens.

This position may qualify for a family cabin. If you have school-age children, learn more about Mercy Ships Academy.

What You Will Contribute

• Encourage and lead in prayer, intercessions, and discipleship

• Lead, host, and/or facilitate small groups

• Identify, train, and release spiritual gifting’s in Crew members to increase ministry within the community onboard

• Teach in Community Gatherings and Sunday night services as scheduled

• Serve as a listener and encourager to the Crew onboard. You will also be available to Crew for coaching or relational counseling

• A sensitivity to people, ability to listen and encourage. Should be one who is known and trusted by others

• Provide counsel/mentorship for those in spiritual need and comfort the bereaved

• Provide critical incident stress debriefing for individuals and teams

• Connect with, visit, and keep up with any Crew who are seriously ill

For This Role, You Will Need

• Successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding program

• To be a mature individual who has recognized pastoral gifting

• Two or more years of professional ministry experience preferred

• Some theological education and pastoral training preferred

• Must have traveled internationally for at least two years and/or have extensive experience living in a multicultural Christian community

• Ability and comfortable to minister effectively in a multi-denominational setting

• Flexibility and creativity in methods of ministering to the multi-national, multi-cultural Crew

Full job description available upon request.