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As of May 2003, over 250,000 employees and their family members across 36 states are ministered to by over 1,200 chaplains. The demand is growing, too. Logos University and The American Chaplains Association, a training and certification group, reports that company requests for workplace chaplains has out-paced their capacity to train them. Concurring, Rev. Robert Vickers, director of chaplaincy evangelism for the Southern Baptist Convention, says that business and industrial chaplaincy is growing within his denomination by about ten percent per year.
And it’s not just private, Christian-owned-and-operated companies fueling this trend. Even publicly held companies employ workplace chaplains. To cite just two examples, Allied Holdings, based in Georgia, has employed chaplains since the mid-60s and after going public in 1993, maintained the program. Today, they employ 77 part-time chaplains (representing 17 denominations) at 97 locations in 35 states and 9 Canadian provinces. Similarly, Tyson Foods employs 52 part-time chaplains serving in 39 plants, with John Tyson (grandson of founder of the company and presently CEO and Chairman of the Board) as the driving force behind the program.
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