COURSE OVERVIEW

Church Chaplain

Just like you would fully expect a physical therapist to have the clinical training, skills, qualifications and credentials to serve in their specialty, you should also expect it for those who volunteer in community settings. Once trained, certification or ordination is a formal recognition by your organization that you have met the required standards for the areas of focus for critical care.

As a volunteer you will:

  • Receive assistance in finding the ideal spot for you.
  • Share your knowledge, wisdom and experience with others.
  • Discover the joy that come with helping those in need.
  • Be an active member of the community.
  • Meet new people, develop new skills and discover new experiences.

If you are volunteering as a pastoral care chaplain in your church, remember that Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:31-32). Responders Resource Center desires to help churches cultivate a culture that is consistent with the mission of Jesus. This is accomplished by equipping the body of Christ to:

  • Grow in an awareness of their need of Jesus and how a relationship with him impacts how they face their daily problems.
  • Grow in an awareness of others’ need of Jesus and how relationships are the context where people find help.

When this two-fold relational chaplain dynamic is working in the life of a local church, a culture of grace and growth will emerge that is in keeping with Jesus’ mission for the entire body of Christ. Imagine each church had several trained chaplains – if EVERY traumatic life event could be responded to in a way that offers multiple care contacts through the person’s time of need – rather than one or two people that are only able to give one or two care contacts before moving on to the next life event.

VOLUNTEERING FOR

Crisis Intervention

Responders Resource Center equips you to offer crisis intervention – skills needed when an individual’s experience of a situation or event causes them to perceive they have exhausted his/her coping skills. These can be situations where a person is making suicidal threats, experiencing threat, witnessing homicide or suicide, or experiencing personal loss. When crisis is being experienced, RRC trained chaplains offer care to the individual or group using the SAFER-R model to begin the care process.

VOLUNTEERING AS A

Peer Supporter

Responders Resource Center agrees with the professional communities in recognizing that in the event of a critical incident, peers might be the first point of contact because of their close proximity to the person in crisis. A peer who has had similar experiences is often better able to relate to a the individual seeking help, which may help the individual to listen and trust the peer supporter’s guidance at a particularly critical time.