Committee Descriptions

Governance Committees

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is authorized, as needed, to do the work of the board. It is the duty of the board to clearly define the authority and accountabilities of the Executive Committee. Provides support and counsel to the CEO as well as annual review and evaluation.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee provides direction for the entire board for fiscal responsibility. It regularly reviews the association’s revenues and expenditures, balance sheet, investments and other matters related to its continued solvency, approves the annual budget and submits it to the board for full approval, recommends financial policies and procedures to the board, ensures the preparation of the annual audit, tax form (990) and audited Financial Statements. It also oversees the maintenance of organization-wide assets, including prudent management of organizational investments.

Quality in Chaplaincy Care Committee: The Quality in Chaplaincy Care committee identifies standards of excellence in the practice, structure and staffing of departments of chaplaincy care in institutions and agencies employing members of the association, and promotes resources to encourage ongoing professional competency and best practice. It actively coordinates and collaborates with the Joint Commission and other regulatory, accrediting and quality agencies as appropriate to promote standards of excellence in recognizing the importance of spirituality and religious issues in health care and the contributions of members in their various practice settings.

Board Leadership Development and Nominating Committee: The Board Leadership Development and Nominating Committee will vet all board of directors candidates and prepare a slate of candidates to be ratified by the membership.

Professional Ethics Committee: The Professional Ethics Committee promotes high ethical standards and compliance with the Code of Ethics by all members of APC. Committee members receive, review and make decisions regarding violations and sanctions of professional ethics and standards. This committee also works closely with certification, accreditation, religious endorsing, and other agencies and committees to promote excellence in personal and professional ethical conduct.

Operational Committees

Communications Committee: The Communications Committee Determines editorial direction and related policies, advises on topics, identifies qualified authors and subject matter experts, and serves as an editorial review board for APC publications and communications.

Development Committee: The Development Committee coordinates all fundraising activity and seeks to increase awareness of the need of financial support of the association. The committee oversees APC’s annual fund and develops new avenues for future giving and identifies potential donors.

Membership Committee: The Membership Committee provides guidance on the development and implementation of services for APC members, with the goal of retaining long-term members. It also reviews and selects leadership award recipients, and oversees maintenance of certification requirements, Special Interest Groups, and the mentoring of local and state leaders.

Conference Planning Committee: The Conference Planning Committee plans and overseas the annual conference under the guidance of the APC Board of Directors.

Education Committee: The Education Committee plans all areas of continuing education, including identifying topics and presenters, evaluating proposals and reviewing attendee evaluations for webinars, symposia and other educational programs. It also recommends new avenues for meeting the educational needs of the profession. In addition, the committee oversees the continuing education and peer review requirements for maintenance of certification. A member of the Education Committee serves on the Conference Planning Committee as the Conference Education Task Force Chair.


BCCI Commission on Certification: The BCCI Commission on Certification works to promote, coordinate and encourage chaplains to seek and attain the highest quality and competency in the delivery of pastoral/spiritual care services. Commission members receive the recommendations of certification committees and recommend certification of qualified candidates to the board of directors for ratification. They work closely with the Standards Committee toward reviewing and establishing new competencies and standards related to certification.

Standards Committee: Standards Committee oversees all association activity related to standards for certification, professional competence and maintenance of certification.

APC members can find committee rosters by logging into the website and clicking the “My Groups” link on their profile page.