Course OVERVIEW

Help for Pastoral Staff

For you pastors, here is how chaplains can be beneficial for you and your church family. In most church settings there is a disproportionate range between the number of congregants and the size of the pastoral staff. There are seasons when that is not an issue and there are other seasons when it seems near impossible to even return the phone calls of those in need of some sort of pastoral care.

In addition to the direct church family members, there also comes an indirect association through al of their biological family members, coworkers, and friends and even past associations. When a church family member needs care, if the pastoral staff is overloaded, it simply might not be possible to give them the time and care their situation really warrants.

For example, when dealing with a very close personal loss like the death of a child or spouse, it is not unreasonable to assume that some need up to one year of real intimate care as they navigate through the stages of grief, the holidays and even the interpersonal conflict or possible serious depression.

And when the second tier relationships are brought to you in times of crisis, pastors often times have to refer out to someone else due to the work load of their own congregation. This misses the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those who might not be in the church and also can leave your church body feeling a sense of lack of care

We want to help you by supplying the necessary training to those inside of your church who have the desire, gifting and a deep and growing faith in Jesus. We would train your people and then send them back to you to be commissioned and then serve inside of your church family as a resource to you for supplying extravagant care for those inside and even outside of your church.

Course OVERVIEW

Community Chaplain

We are blessed to offer Community Chaplaincy training program to those who desire to serve others who are experiencing, or are attempting to recover from, a critical incident. Chaplain ministry involves bringing the ministry of of Jesus into areas where people either are unwilling or unable to receive care or services in a traditional church setting. As a Community Chaplain you will likely be serving in your church body or in a venue that will recognize the completion of your training and therefore commission you. Chaplains often perform their ministry in the community as partners with mental and physical health providers. As part of a ministry team, the Community Chaplain often:

  • supports the pastoral staff of his/her local church by providing pastoral care to its members, thus reducing the load on the pastoral staff and increasing care;
  • develops relationships with other care providers while seeking opportunities to minister to all involved in critical incidents;
  • provides assistance to those who have experienced a critical incident;
  • helps coordinate available resources in the church and connects those in need to community resources when no care of the same level is available through faith based services; and
  • assists, coordinates, or conducts functions relating to the Christian life, such as ceremonies and services.

Because of the nature of chaplaincy ministry, the Community Chaplain will be required to serve at least 30 hours per calendar year in order to retain their commissioning if commissioned through Responders Resource Center. If commissioned through another church or agency, their continuing education requirements will apply.

As education is an important component of chaplaincy, chaplains who have received their commission through Responders Resource Center will be required to obtain 5 Continuing Education Credits per year in order to retain their commission. If the chaplain decides to pursue a specialized area of chaplaincy ministry (hereafter referred to as a Pathway) after completing the Community Chaplaincy training, the CEUs obtained in any of the Pathway programs will be counted towards this requirement.

COMMUNITY CHAPLAINCY

Helps More

This program is designed to train, equip, and network you into the community.  It is our desire that you become certified at the level you desire to prepare for – and go to work serving your church, organization, business, community and world.  This is your opportunity to truly serve in the most effective way possible, with ever expanding curriculum and training opportunities to be of further use to your community.