Oregon Pacific district is committed to supporting the full range of ministry opportunities available today. As our culture changes, it is imperative that our church continues to find creative ways to engage people in society outside the walls of the church. Chaplaincy is becoming a fast-growing and acceptable way for people to minister to those who may or may not attend a church. Chaplaincy is about connecting with people where they are- – and society and businesses are buying into it.
I have personally been serving in the military for the past thirty five years, with the last 25 years as military chaplain in both the US Army Reserves and now the Army National Guard. I served concurrently while serving as a senior pastor in three churches for 18 of those years. I served in the Middle East in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar with an infantry battalion in 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. I served over a month in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, helping our fellow US citizens during a time of crisis and loss. I continue to serve as the state chaplain for the Oregon National Guard, working with soldiers all over our state. Many of them see me as their pastor and ask questions about where to attend church in their local communities. We need to be creative and expand our reach into our ever-changing culture.
- Many of you are already serving in some type of Chaplain Work; I would like to hear from you.
- Some of you are feeling called to a ministry that is different than offered by the local church.
I would love to talk to you about the options available both in volunteer and paid positions. Help me support you or those you know in this fast growing field of ministry. I am here to serve and support you. Please feel free to contact me at any time. You can fill in the information below, tear that portion of this sheet out of your delegate book and hand it to a page, or you can go to orpac.org/chaplains to provide the same information.
CH (COL) Scott Delbridge
ORPAC District Chaplaincy Director