A Protestant is a member of any of the Christian churches resulting or derived from the Reformation
which took place beginning in 1529, under the leadership of Martin Luther and others. There are over
100 Protestant faith groups in the U.S. Army's Active Duty Chaplains Roster. There are differences
between Protestant faith groups. Some faith groups will use the vestments, others do not. Some use
the Bible on the altar, others use a denominational book. Some Protestant chaplains stand behind the
altar, others stand behind the pulpit. Some Protestant faith groups use wine for communion, while
others use grape juice. You must be aware of these and other differences when you prepare the
chapel for a collective Protestant service.
PART A - IDENTIFY THE ACTIONS NEEDED TO PREPARE THE
CHANCEL AND HAVE AREA OF THE CHAPEL FOR WORSHIP
Prepare the Altar Area (Chancel).
The chancel area is the part of the chapel or church in which the altar is placed. The altar area is the
most sacred part of a religious building. The steps outlined below should be followed when you
prepare the chancel area for worship service.
o Position the U.S. flag and Christian Chapel flag (Figure 2-1).
o Position the chaplain's chair as instructed by the chaplain.
o Ensure all other altar area furniture is in the proper location as instructed by the chaplain or
local standing operating procedure (SOP).
o Remove or cover any symbol or statue that is not appropriate for a collective Protestant