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Questions regarding church on the ship

michelletmichellet Posts: 1


I'm interested in volunteering. I'm curious about who pastors the onboard church? What kind of qualifications does Mercy Ships require of their onboard pastors? Is the church on board associated with any bodies and is it Complementarian or Egalitarian?

Thanks in advance!



  • AndreaSchmidAndreaSchmid Programs Senior Staffing Manager Posts: 203 admin

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Mercy Ships!

    We do not have an onboard "church" per say. We have weekly Community Meetings that are somewhat like a church service. There is usually a time of worship, some announcements, time for prayer and a speaker who may or may not be an ordained minister. We have a Chaplaincy department onboard that facilitates these meetings. Our Senior Chaplain is an ordained pastor. There is no church board associated with Mercy Ships. My experience has shown Mercy Ships to be an Egalitarian organization.

    I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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