Having a man or woman of the cloth around the office is a growing trend for companies keen on work/life benefits. Thousands of clergymen and clergywomen work full time or part time in corporate America as chaplains, ministering to employees’ spiritual needs and providing counseling services.
“In the ’90s, spirituality in the workplace became an OK thing to talk about and, in fact, became quite popular,” says Diana Dale, executive director of the Institute of Work/Life Ministry in Houston. “The chaplains really have their ears tuned to things that are going on in the corporate structure that will impact work/life quality.”
Estimates on the number of corporate clergy range widely, between 4,000 and 25,000, with the greatest number in the Southeast and Southwest. They may work as paid employees, contractors or volunteers.
A ‘ministry of presence’
Most typical is the part-time chaplain, on contract through a placement agenc...(register to read more)