FORT JACKSON, S.C. (NNS) -- Nine chaplains graduated from the Professional Naval Chaplaincy Intermediate Leadership Course (ILC) at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NSCS) Sept. 29.
With character and competence being the two lanes on one path of the Navy's leader development framework, the Professional Naval Chaplaincy ILC meets the goal for continuing to develop chaplains as top leaders who strengthen the performance and character of their teams.
"ILC has helped me become a better leader by reemphasizing to me that leadership is about relationships, not ideas or philosophies," said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Spivey, command chaplain, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, New York. "Since much of what we do as chaplains is relational ministry, taking this course has helped me to reevaluate how I am bringing value to those under my care."
The course challenges lieutenant commanders and those selected for the rank of lieutenant commander with policy studies, written exercises, practical application and scenario-based discussion forums in subjects such as ethics, fiscal management, supervision and confidential communications. The assignments and collaboration among the students increases their knowledge, skills and abilities as leaders of Religious Ministry Teams in the fleet.
The September class was comprised of eight active-duty chaplains and one Reserve chaplain. The students completed two distinct courses in succession with a six-week non-resident, distance learning course and a two-week resident, instructor-led course. The leadership course is conducted three times a year.
"The chaplains who attend this course are the future leaders of the Chaplain Corps, and we are training them to lead religious ministry teams in the 21st century," said NCSC Commanding Officer Capt. Steven R. Moses. "We provide them with the tools they will need to build character and competence both in themselves and in the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen whom they lead. This class was the most engaged group I've seen since taking command. They met every training challenge with a genuine hunger for more."
For Lt. Cmdr. Jason Gregory, the course was definitely worth his time and command's investment.
"If you want to be better prepared to be a leader in the chaplain corps, and a more faithful chaplain in general, ILC is for you," said Gregory, command chaplain assigned to USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), homeported at San Diego. "The materials and instructors are top-tier, and I walked away rejuvenated and encouraged by my fellow chaplains in the course."
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