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Chaplain Candidates Consider Their Call

| October 29, 2010

Lt. Cmdr. Maurice Buford

Regent University School of Divinity's military chaplaincy candidates and other students considering military chaplaincy recently had the opportunity to network with active duty and retired chaplains and learn more about the calling to serve the spiritual needs of service members and their families. The Military Chaplaincy Dinner was held on Oct. 19 at Regent in conjunction with modular week which brings online students to campus for face-to-face learning and networking.

Lt. Cmdr. Maurice Buford, a Navy chaplain and School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship doctoral candidate was the keynote speaker. Quoting Isaiah 6:8, which says, "Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"

Buford acknowledged that these were the words that challenged him to pursue his calling to military chaplaincy. Speaking frankly and from the heart, Buford shared his best advice for aspiring military chaplains:

- Maintain your spirituality
- Know the power of a team — Don't be a Lone Ranger
- Be emotionally intelligent
- Always walk in excellence
- Be a true servant, not a celebrity — The call is to be faithful.

"Unless you have a strong sense of God calling you wherever He has you serving, you'll burn out," said Buford, reminding his audience that "The steps of a man are ordered by God."

The event was dedicated to the memory of Army Chaplain Dale Goetz and Staff Sgt. Christopher Stout, both of whom were killed this year in Afghanistan, the first chaplain and chaplain's assistant to be killed in action since Vietnam.

Navy veteran and religious studies major Jeremy Crouch found the session informative and thought-provoking. "I was challenged to ensure that every day I utilize wisdom and excellence regarding everything that I put my hand to, especially the calling of God," he said.

The dinner, which was sponsored by the Navy Recruiting District in Richmond, Va., is a semi-annual event that has featured notable speakers including Capt. Jim Hightower, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy and Col. (Chaplain) Rick Garrison, U.S. Army.

Learn more about becoming a military chaplain candidate .


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