As a for-profit business WPCS is not in the business seeking donations, rather we are present onsite to service the emotional and spiritual needs of employees. An employer-sponsored Chaplain Assistance Program (CAP) does not discourage or eliminate the need for someone to become involved in a local church. At first glance, it may appear that chaplains are in a position to fill the role of a pastor. To some, this may lead them to discourage chaplaincy in the workplace because they do not want to eliminate the need that someone might have to develop a relationship with a local pastor or discourage involvement in a local church. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception that misinterprets the role of the chaplain. The reality is that effective chaplains encourage those they serve to become actively involved in a supportive faith community. The role of the chaplain is not to replace any of the resources currently provided by the community or the local churches, but rather, chaplains see their job as one in which they can encourage those they serve to connect with the resources they need and establish a spiritual support network.
Because chaplaincy and spirituality often go hand-in-hand, there are some common misconceptions and fears about Chaplaincy Assistance Programs. But there’s no need to be afraid. Chaplaincy is not about pushing religion in the workplace; rather, it’s about personal care for people regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds.
This is not to say corporate chaplains don’t talk about faith. Indeed, if an employee initiates and invites a conversation about faith, a chaplain will engage. But if that invitation has not been made, a chaplain simply operates as a life coach, listening, encouraging, advising on practical matters, and helping the employee or their family member deal with life’s pressures in a healthy way.
Corporate chaplains follow the Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace. In 60 years of corporate chaplaincy, with over 6,000 (and growing) corporate chaplains nationwide, there has never been a court case contesting this institution.