You don’t have to be a Board Certified Catholic Chaplain to join NACC! Our members form a rich and diverse professional community, dedicated to enhancing chaplaincy and ministry across the country. We offer community, educational resources and advocacy for all of our members. Learn which membership is right for you!
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
This membership is available to any Catholic chaplain. Chaplains pursuing Board Certified Chaplain status must be a member at this level in good standing. Additionally, chaplain members have a significant investment in the mission and future of NACC with voting rights in the Association. Those who achieve and maintain Board Certification have the opportunity to serve on the NACC Board of Directors, Committees, Commissions, Panels, as Certification Interviewers, and Interview Team Educators (ITE).
This membership is open to individuals who serve and lead in some aspect of the Church’s pastoral care ministry field, or in the broader spiritual care profession of any faith who support the NACC mission. This includes professional leaders of diocesan pastoral care programs, associations, healthcare entities, academic programs, and/or professionals involved in working with or training spiritual and pastoral care providers. Professional ministry membership provides access to all NACC education and member support resources.
NACC offers these membership opportunities for those individuals not employed in a ministry capacity, but who would like to enhance their ministry development, networking and/or education experience. These membership levels enjoy the same educational, support, and resources as other levels, but at a slightly lower annual rate.
Volunteer Ministry membership is available to any individual who is serving in a volunteer spiritual or pastoral care program, such as senior care, parish, corrections, etc.
Student membership is available to any individual currently enrolled in an academic ministry formation or CPE program.
Graduate theological institutions and programs which offer degrees meeting board certification qualifications and also promote chaplaincy as a ministry of the Church are eligible to become an NACC Education Collaborator. Education collaborators and their degree programs are proudly displayed on the NACC website. They may offer their students reduced NACC membership rates, provide access to a wealth of educational offerings, and introduce them to national professional networking opportunities.
For further information contact the NACC at firstname.lastname@example.org
NACC is expanding its collaboration with archdioceses and dioceses to strengthen the ministry of pastoral care in diverse settings. From prisons to health care settings, from home care to long term care, a diocesan collaboration provides a vital national link and resources to those responsible for coordinating and supporting the pastoral care ministries in a diocese. Collaborator dioceses will have access to Partners in Pastoral Care Resources, guidance on implementing the Foundational Pathway, networking among other diocesan leaders, and initial training in utilizing formation programs.
For further information contact Lisa Sarenac at email@example.com
The Health Care Collaborator program is available to both Catholic and non-Catholic health care entities interested in promoting and strengthening spiritual care programs within their organizations and among health care providers through close work with and support from NACC. Several levels of collaborator membership offer their own benefits.
- Visionary ($10,000) includes NACC memberships – 4 professional ($120), 4 chaplain ($325)
- Partner ($5,000) includes NACC memberships – 2 professional ($120), 2 chaplain ($325)
- Endorser ($2,500) includes NACC memberships – 1 professional ($120), 1 chaplain ($325)
- Supporter ($1,500) includes NACC membership – 1 chaplain ($325)
- Advocate ($1,000) includes NACC membership – 1 professional ($120)
- Friend ($500) includes communication, recognition, networking
For further information contact Jeanine Annunziato at firstname.lastname@example.org
NACC is a leading voice in promoting the call to chaplaincy as well as other ministries. We have developed a trusting and deep working relationship with our fellow chaplain associations, such as ACPE, APC, CASC, and NAJC, as well as with many other Catholic ministry associations and leadership within the Catholic Church.
NACC has a vast collection of resources available for members to use. Our resource library, which includes access to the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, is always available online, In addition, we host regular webinars and other online networking events so that you can keep up to date on the latest information and ideas to improve your ministry.
In 2016-17, all chaplain organizations worked collaboratively to revise the common qualifications and competencies. NACC utilizes those qualifications and competencies, as well as several competencies specific to the Catholic faith, to certify chaplains The NACC qualifications, competencies and procedures for chaplain certification are approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. NACC Board Certified Chaplains are widely recognized and sought after in the job market.
Chaplaincy and ministry is extremely rewarding and at times challenging. We support our members with a variety of services and resources. Our networking calls provide the opportunity to meet and talk with other members from across the country who are walking a similar path. We are a professional community dedicated to supporting each other through all aspects of our shared calling. Motivated by a passion and vision to create a spiritually based on collaborative community, we celebrate and support each other both professionally and personally.
In addition to a rich selection of archived research, information, and webinars, NACC holds both an annual national conference and smaller regional workshops and conferences. We publish two regular titles. NACC Now is our bi-weekly newsletter with news, organizational opportunities, and resources. Vision, a resource that offers topical information, reflections, and articles on the current movements in chaplaincy and spiritual care, is published six times a year. NACC also has a section for listing career opportunities for members.