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Chaplains & Teachers of Religion


A primary mission of NAES is to support Episcopal school chaplains and teachers of religion. This page brings together key resources that can be particularly helpful to you in this work. You can also use this page as a springboard for a wider exploration of the website.

Pilot Mentoring Program for New Chaplains

The 2016-2017 Pilot Mentoring Program for New Chaplains is fully enrolled. Information about a future program will be posted as it becomes available.

Episcopal school chaplaincy is a vitally important vocation, and yet many new chaplains begin this vocation with limited formal training or ongoing support. We are pleased to announce a pilot mentoring program for new chaplains in 2016-2017.

The program begins in August 2016 and ends in June 2017. It will bring together a preliminary cohort of ten new chaplains who are excited by the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor and willing to provide suggestions and feedback to NAES for any potential future program.

» Learn more about the Pilot Mentoring Program for New Chaplains

Network of Episcopal School Chaplains

The Network of Episcopal School Chaplains (NESC) is a peer-to-peer network of ordained and lay Episcopal school chaplains and ordained Episcopal clergy serving as chaplains in independent schools. Its mission is to foster a community of support, formation, and encouragement.

NESC collaborates with and advises the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) to offer opportunities for new and experienced chaplains for refreshment, recreation, spiritual renewal, and mutual growth. It advocates for the vocation of school chaplaincy, shares resources for ministry, and encourages and supports local networks of chaplains.

» Learn more about the Network of Episcopal School Chaplains

Online Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools

In addition to the commemorations observed by The Episcopal Church, Episcopal schools unite across time and geography as they all pray each week's prayer in chapel. 

The Cycle's pattern follows that in the NAES book Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools, Second Edition, with adjustments made for occasions with variable dates. Shop NAES to purchase a paperback copy of the book, which includes additional prayers for other occasions and for use with young children.

» 2016-2017 Online Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools 

Principles of Good Practice for School Ministry

The newest addition to the NAES Principles of Good Practice series is now available. A key read for all chaplains.

Principles of Good Practice for School Ministry in Episcopal Schools

Weekly Meditation

A Monday-morning email message to member heads of school, chaplains, and rectors from the Rev. Daniel R. Heischman, our executive director.

  • March 20, 2017

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Principles of Good Practice

This series outlines best practices in critical areas of Episcopal school life, including: Episcopal identity, governance in parish day schools, leadership transitions, the study of religion, chapel and worship, equity and justice, and school ministry. Excellent for discussion, orientation, training, and as background at times of transition in Episcopal schools.

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From the Library

The Library contains a variety of resources pertaining to the ministry and profession of Episcopal school chaplains and teachers of religion. We recommend that you explore these topics.