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Many new Wing Chaplains start the most senior position in the Chaplain Corps at a Wing with no idea what it means to be a Wing Chaplain. Many Chaplains struggle to know and to excel at all their responsibilities. This project grew from a heart to equip and support incoming Wing Chaplains in the Air National Guard not just through content but primarily through relationships in a mentoring plan and culture.

The first part of this project lays the background for the role and responsibilities of the Wing Chaplain at an Air National Guard base. This information informs how individuals become Wing Chaplains and the current knowledge and systems to support Wing Chaplains from Air National Guard Readiness Center Headquarters. The challenges of a Wing Chaplain are also presented.

The second part of this project engages five scholarly works on the subject of mentoring. This project engages the purposes and programs of mentorship in the Christian world, the non-Christian world, and the military world. This project continues reflecting theologically on mentorship in the Bible. Three examples of mentorship in the Bible are analyzed to bring out information and application about mentorship.

The last part of this project proposes a mentorship plan for the Air National Guard Chaplain Corps: The Wing Chaplain Mentorship Plan (WCMP). WCMP seeks to incubate mentoring relationships where both mentor and mentee grow and thrive. This mentorship plan aims to be flexible and adaptable to the busy lives of Air National Guard chaplains. The most important aspect of the program is the consistent meeting of mentor/mentee through online video conferencing. Most importantly, this plan tracks each individual’s growth and progress, with surveys given in the beginning, mid-point, and end.

This project hopes that the Wing Chaplain Mentorship Plan (WCMP) will foster a culture of mentorship in the Air National Guard Chaplain Corps. This culture will create more supported and more competent Wing Chaplains., who not only care for each other but train and equip the next generation of leaders for the Air National Guard Chaplain Corps.

Content Reader: Alan Baker, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Baker, Alan

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Chaplains; Chaplain Corps; Air National Guard (United States); Air National Guard; Wing Chaplains; Mentoring; Mentorship; Military chaplains


Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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