Adopt-a-Chap program

Adopt-a-Chap program

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces


The “Adopt-a-Chap” program provides opportunities for congregations to “adopt” LCMS Armed Forces chaplains, forming a relationship with them and supporting them in prayer. Participating LCMS congregations are paired directly with a chaplain, active or reserve. These partnerships promote mutual support and growth, as congregations and chaplains encourage and learn from each other in ministry.

After a congregation is “matched” with a chaplain by the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF) staff, the congregation and chaplain establish a relationship through regular communication. Congregations will regularly keep the chaplain and his family in prayer and learn about his specialized ministry in the military context. No financial commitment or aid is needed or expected.

To begin the process of “adopting” a chaplain, contact the Ministry to the Armed Forces office by calling 314-996-1337 or emailing alicia.hinton@lcms.org.

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