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Ecclesiastical Endorsement

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Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Ecclesiastical endorsement is verification by an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization that an authorized minister or practitioner is in good standing, has gained the necessary qualifying education and experience, as well as being willing and capable of working collegially in a religiously and culturally pluralistic setting without prejudice. 

Ecclesiastical Endorsement Documents:

  • VA Form 10-253  – This is the form which an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization provides to a minister or practitioner in their organization.  The person who is then endorsed by this organization will submit the document to the local VA Medical Center to which they are applying for a local VA Chaplain position.
  • VA Form 10-0379 (pdf) – This is the form and the instructions which a Ecclesiastical Organization completes and submits to to request being recognized as an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization for VA. 
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organizations (xls) or (pdf format)  – This is the complete list of Ecclesiastical Organizations that the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes as Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organizations.