Introduction to Seafarers' Welfare and Maritime Ministry Course - Houston 2023


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.


  • Online posted weekly online (3) - beginning Jan 18, 2023

  • In class one week Houston, Texas - Feb 12 - 17, 2023 in class

Course Locations:

  • Dedicated course website link sent to students

  • Webinars (on “Zoom” meeting and

  • In class – Conference room and excursions in Houston, Texas

Registration Cost (including accommodation): $500USD (includes full registration fee for online and in-class program at the Houston International Seafarers' Center, up to 6 nights accommodation at Hampton Inn Hobby Hotel (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): $275USD (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: Hampton Inn Houston-Hobby Airport, 8620 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061

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

Topics and lecturers: As noted in outline.

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

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