LBF Application Process

Study and pray over the content of this page to determine whether or not you (and your spouse, if applicable) can be happy and productive servants of Jesus Christ within the doctrinal, biblical, and procedural expectations of LBF for its chaplain families. Give particular attention in this application examination to the Doctrinal Statement, Biblical Guidelines, DOMA Guidelines and Covenant.

If you would like to apply to Liberty Baptist Fellowship to become a chaplain, please follow these instructions and expect about 3-4 weeks to complete the process.  The steps are outlined below.


As you take your first steps in your decision to be endorsed by LBF, please carefully read the following documents.


General Requirements Check List:
  • Active and member of local church, in good standing
  • In agreement with our doctrinal statement and biblical guidelines
  • Master’s of Divinity Degree (depending on endorsement ths may be in process)
Requirements for Military:
  • In a leadership position (actively serving in your local church)
  • Ordained through local church (for Chaplain Candidates this would need to be done before advancing to regular Chaplain status)
Additional Requirements for Military Active Duty:
  • Performed at least 1 funeral, 1 wedding, a Lord’s Supper, and a Baptism.
  • A 12 minute video sermon
  • 2 years of pastoral ministry experience
  • (If applicable) Wife participation in interview


Provide Endorsing Agent with pre-application information in order to determine eligibility.


Once pre-application is approved, an application link will be emailed.  Requirements for the application include:

  • Transcripts of your undergraduate and seminary training
  • Copy of ordination certificate (if applicable, only local church ordinations are accepted)
  • Letter of recommendation from the pastor of the church where you are currently active, or if you are the pastor, from an appropriate representative of the church
  • Recruiter name and email (if applicable)
  • Paying the non-refundable $150 application fee (will be charged after application is checked for completeness)


Upon endorsement, LBF chaplains and candidates are required to:

  • Complete a semi-annual report in January and July of each year; keeping us updated with any relevant changes.
  • Attend the LBF annual chaplains conference, or another faith based conference if unable to attend the LBF conference (does not apply to candidates.)
  • Sign up for monthly (or annual) recurring dues.
Tier Monthy Fee Yearly Total
Military AD: Field Grade $40 $480
Military AD: Company Grade $35 $420
Military PT: Field Grade / Healthcare / Other $30 $360
Military PT: Company Grade $25 $300
Volunteer / Student / Candidate $10 $120

*Note that while awaiting selection/hiring you may opt to pay the Candidate fee of $10 a month.

Discovering a Higher Calling

Chaplains serve in many different capacities, providing spiritual care for individuals outside of the traditional church congregation.  Chaplains work in the military, healthcare and hospice facilities, and many other community based areas and organizations.