Introduction to Seafarers' Welfare and Maritime Ministry Course - Houston


Maritime ministries have undergone profound developments in the last generation which the COVID-19 pandemic only emphasized.  Those involved in seafarers’ welfare and ministry need to continue to develop professionally to help their work adapt to changing realities.  This course gives an overview and discussion of key issues in seafarers’ welfare and maritime ministry. The course is designed for new chaplains, ship visitors and volunteers, but should also be useful for those who have experience in maritime ministry, but wish to sharpen their skills.   

Course Management and Endorsement: This course is managed by the North American Maritime Ministry Association with the assistance of local hosts, the Chaplain committee of the Houston International Maritime Center. This course has the endorsement of the Stella Maris - United States region.

The most recent class met from Feb 12 - 17, 2023 in Houston.

We plan to hold next year's course again in Houston in mid-February 2024. Please contact us for more information. 

Course Locations: 

Registration Cost (including accommodation): (includes full registration fee for online and in-class program at the Houston International Seafarers' Center, up to 6 nights accommodation (with complimentary breakfast, wifi, parking and transport to Hobby airport), coffee breaks and lunches Monday-Friday, and dinners on select evenings). (extra hotel nights for an additional fee)

Registration costs (without accommodation): (for local students not needing accommodation)

Course size: 15 students maximum (priority given to students early in their posting in maritime ministry whether full- or part-time, ordained or lay)

Accommodation: Hotel near Hobby Airport. We do not provide shuttle services from Houston Intercontinental IAH airport to our hotel (about 30 miles).

Classroom: Houston International Seafarers' Center, 9750 High Level Road, Houston, Texas, 77029

Topics and lecturers: To be confirmed closer to date.

Readings: Short texts or recorded speeches given with each lesson.

As an introduction to the shipping industry, watch this video by journalist Rose George: