Chaplaincy is now a part of Thrive (read more on this name change). As Thrive, we continue the work as a healing, reconciling ministry of God, an expression and extension of God’s activity and mission in the world. Thrive provides pastoral ministry in specialized settings to people who are hurting or in crisis, uprooted or dislocated. Through the presence of chaplains, the very settings in which they minister become surprising places of grace.
Chaplains are exceptional, well-trained ministers of the Word or commissioned pastors who serve in specialized ministries beyond the walls of the church. Chaplains are specially trained, called and ordained by the church, and sent by Jesus Christ to provide spiritual care to people in pain or spiritual distress.
Chaplains serve in a variety of institutions, such as:
Certified Educator for CPE
Long term care
Thrive supports chaplains through:
recruiting and identifying candidates who are fit for chaplain ministry
assisting chaplain candidates through their education and/or specialized training
endorsing chaplains for their ministry
providing resources, visits, and prayers to chaplains and their families
training chaplains through annual conferences, ministry updates, and shared information
affirming the connection between chaplains and calling churches by way of a Covenant of Joint Supervision
promoting chaplaincy ministry in the church and community
participating in national/state/provincial chaplaincy organizations
educating the church about institutional ministry
a Chaplain Development Fund, which assists current and aspiring chaplains as they meet educational needs
Rev. Tim Rietkerk
Tim serves as the Endorser and Ministry Consultant for Chaplains as part of Thrive. He enlists, endorses, advocates, trains, and supports the chaplains of the CRC as they carry out their ministries in a variety of settings. Tim is a graduate of Calvin University (BA), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.DIV), and Princeton Theological Seminary (TH.M). He is a retired US Army Chaplain, having also worked as a Chaplain Resident for the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and a Hospice Chaplain for Vitas Healthcare, San Diego County. Tim currently lives in San Diego, California.