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Chaplain Resident

Chaplain Resident

Requisition ID 
Other Professional Non-Clinical
Position Type 
Full Time
Days, Evenings, Holidays, Nights, Weekends
Pastoral Education Center

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We’re a Little Different


Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.



Responsibilities and Qualifications

Chaplain Residents are enrolled in Mercy Hospital Springfield's Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program, designed for persons wanting to certify as professional chaplains and/or for persons who are certifiable. Through the intense practice of ministry and reflection with peers, chaplain-mentors, and certified CPE supervisor(s), CPE residents develop and practice skills for pastoral care in traditional, non-traditional, and institutional settings. CPE Residents' ministry includes patients, families, hospital personnel and larger community. The CPE program is accredited by the Association for Cliical Pastoral Education (ACPE). ACPE is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.



Each career at Mercy represents unique members of our caring ministry’s “body”, working together for the health and strength of the whole. To achieve our goals, we need all the parts functioning at their best and this requires the specific qualifications that you’ll bring with you:

  • Education: Graduate theological degree (as required for board certification as a chaplain) completed, or close to completion Enrollment in Mercy Hospital Springfield's Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program which includes but is not limited to: a. Completed CPE application b. Admission interview with qualified interviewer(s) to determine readiness for CPE c. Acceptance by CPE center accredited for appropriate program d. Successful completion of one unit CPE, strongly preferred
  • Experience: Experience in a pastoral or ministry setting. 
  • Certifications: Working towards: a. Board Certification by National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). b. Acceptance into an accredited supervisory education program. 
  • Other: Demonstrated ability and potential for continued growth in: a. Mercy culture b. Reflection on experience c. Listening d. Self-disclosure e. Ethics and Values, including a theological framework f. Compassion regardless of cultural, religious, age or other differences g. Sense of Service h. Relationality, including ability to work through and within a system. Computer skills to include, but not limited to a. General computer competence, e.g. general commands, drop-down menus, navigating a computer screen and between screens b. Ease of use with Microsoft Word c. Ease of use with email d. Ability to enter data into a pre-existing database e. Ability to use a search engine to find appropriate information. Equipment used: fax, copier, pager, phone system. 
  • Preferred Experience: Successful prior completion of one unit of CPE or its equivalent, strongly preferred

In addition to completing a Mercy application you will also complete a CPE Application by clicking here!  Download the CPE Application and submit with the $25 application fee. Contact and mailing instructions are on the CPE Application.


We’ll Support You at Work and Home


Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.


What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.

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