Navy Releases New Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry, Shifting paradigm in Religious Ministry Operational Support

Story Number: NNS190201-08Release Date: 2/1/2019 10:32:00 AM
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By Gloria Colon-Buzatu, Chaplain Corps Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, and Chief of Chaplains, Rear Adm. Brent Scott, released the Department of the Navy (DON) Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry to provide guidance on how to support the warfighter’s spiritual needs at home and sea; in peace and war.

“The Navy has not experienced large scale combat operations at and from the sea since World War II,” said Rear Adm. Brent Scott, Chief of Chaplains. “This plan reflects on operationalizing ministry support and also lays out the vision, mission, goals and lines of effort for chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) to apply at their commands for the benefit of those we serve," said Scott.

“The Chaplain Corps is vital to the Navy and Marine Corps team.  While Chaplains are noncombatants, they support the warfighting mission by supporting our greatest resource, our people. We could have the best processes in the world. We could have the best ships, airplanes, rifles, and tanks – but they are nothing without the Marines, Sailors, and civilian teammates who operate and maintain them. The Chaplain Corps maintains our spirit,” Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said.

The purpose of the DON Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry is to promote understanding among Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists and to synchronize their efforts to the vision and mission of the Navy Chaplain Corps, while also aligning with their commander’s priorities.

There are four goals focused on expanding the capacity of the religious ministry teams (RMTs), and they include operationalizing ministry support, sharpening core capabilities, developing leaders with intentionality and championing spiritual readiness of Sailors and Marines.

For full version of the DON Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry and media inquiries, go to the Chaplain Corps webpage on

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