What is the mission of Responders Resource Center?
The Responders Resource Center exists to train, equip and network Chaplains to areas of need to offer God’s compassion and hope through Jesus Christ to those affected by a critical incident or disaster.
What is unique about the Responders Resource Center?
Good for you to know...
RRC is networked with globally recognized ministries. RRC is non-denominational, thereby widely accepted. RRC provides Emotional and Spiritual Care from a Biblical perspective along with clinical understanding. RRC provides applicable training for local church support staff as well as for chaplains.
Would I make a good chaplain?
We believe you would
Responders Resource Center trained Chaplains are to be selfless people who are emotionally and spiritually mature, comfortable coaching through critical incidents, and able to share God’s hope and comfort with survivors of tragedies.
What kind of training should chaplains have?
Our minimum requirements...
RRC requires attendance of 9 monthly meetings, 60 hours of training and 50 hours of mentored apprenticeship to qualify for certification/ordination. See our page links for more information.
Where do I get the CISM training?
Responders Resource Center has trainers certified to provide CISM Individual and Group training both at our training center as well as off-site group events.
How do I apply to be a chaplain?
It starts with the click of a button...
All applicants must provide, with their completed application, two letters of recommendation from pastors at either Freedom Community Church or the applicant’s home church. Submitting an application in no way ensures you will be accepted into this program
Are chaplains paid?
While many organizations do hire...
Chaplains serve on a volunteer basis as they are able. This is not a paid position.
Do you furnish room and board while on a deployment?
Deployment is for Rapid Response Chaplains...
Room and board are furnished to chaplains who deploy with the RRC Rapid Response Team. In physical disasters (fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.), this usually entails sleeping on cots in schools or churches.
Do you pay for transportation to a deployment site?
Only a concern for RRC Rapid Response...
No, the RRC Rapid Response Team does not pay for transportation to or from a deployment site. For this reason, we try to bring in chaplains from within a 200-mile radius of a disaster if possible.
What are the conditions in which chaplains are ministering?
More conditions than you could imagine...
Every deployment is different, based upon the critical incident or type/severity of the devastation. Chaplains can expect emotionally and spiritually intense conversations but also opportunities to bring hope and love into the lives of people.
Will I be all by myself when I deploy?
Rule # 2... Never Alone
No, a trained and experienced chaplain coordinator will be on-site to guide volunteer chaplains and lead them through an orientation. Chaplains are sent out to minister in pairs.
How am I notified of a deployment?
For the most part... Digitally!
Deployment occurs via telephone and digital communication. Our Chaplain network is asked for their availability during the expected duration of the deployment.
What is a Chaplain?
People caring for People...
Chaplains are first responders who are trained in crisis care. Community Chaplains serve citizens impacted by crimes and other traumatic incidents (including the families, friends, neighbors and co-workers of victims).
To what kinds of incidents do Chaplains respond?
The situations can be determined by the training you focus on.
RRC Chaplains respond to a range of incidents including homicides, suspicious deaths, suicides, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), kidnappings, traffic fatalities, domestic violence, school tragedies, search and rescue, hazmat incidents, industrial accidents, and child and elder abuse situations, to name a few. When deployed, a Chaplain will arrive on scene typically within twenty minutes of being called.
What do Chaplains actually do?
So many possibilities...
The Chaplain’s role frequently includes critical incident stress debriefing and defusing, crisis counseling, provision of information and resources, arrangement for emergency food, clothing, transportation and/or shelter, and referral to a broad network of public and private agencies.
Who Qualifies As a Chaplain?
Qualifications are important
• RRC trains Christian chaplains who agree to operate under the guidelines of our statement of faith only.
• All Chaplaincy applicants are subject to a thorough background investigation prior to their appointment.
• All Chaplains must be associated with a Faith Community that will endorse them as a Chaplain
• Chaplains must maintain high spiritual and moral standards
• Chaplains must demonstrate a commitment to ministry with police personnel–sworn and non-sworn–first responders, and victims
Do you provide training or endorsement for other Chaplains?
In short... Yes.
Most of the training can be applied to Chaplains in general. Some, however, will be geared towards specific requirements and needs of the Chaplain.
How often are training schedules posted ?
Our Calendar is booked a year in advance...
Training schedules are updated as seminars, classes, workshops and other events are made known. If you are seeking information about a specific event or possible locations and dates of upcoming training seminars, please contact us.
What is the outlook for Chaplains in the future?
We are surrounded by need.
The need for Chaplains in the workplace, community or institution grows daily. Please visit our Chaplain Level pages for more information.
Is it possible to request training in my area?
RRC honors requests to localized training seminars. Please contact us to schedule training arrangements.
Who can be a Chaplain?
The reason for the application process...
RRC offers non-Pastoral ministers an opportunity to serve in the position of Chaplains through specific training, certification and designation in their chosen field of ministry, thereby, allowing any one who feels called of God to minister in a position at some level of Chaplaincy.
You charge for membership and training, where does the Money go?
All 501 C-3 organizations require operating capital and we are no different. Community impact and Wise Stewardship is our focus. Our annual financial report is available for review at our main office.
Do I have to be a Pastor to become a Chaplain?
In short... No.
The field of Chaplaincy is designed to require different levels of licensure. A Licensed Chaplain is an experienced Chaplain that is recognized by a license. The Senior Chaplain is an Ordained position that exemplifies expertise in that field of Chaplaincy.
Can I be a member of more than one organization?
As many as you can be effective in.
Yes. Most Chaplains are members of multiple fellowships. Many agencies require a non-denominational perspective in order to serve as Chaplain for them.
How do you raise money and is it tax deductible?
Stewardship and Generousity
Funds are raised via membership fees, seminar fees, and donations which are tax deductible under 501c3 with the Internal Revenue Service.
What authority do you take over my trained church member?
The ecclesiastical authority over your members remains in your hands as their Pastor. We are here to help, not divide. We train/certify chaplains to assist you in pastoral care within your ministry.
Why would a Pastor want Chaplains in church?
How thin can you spread yourself?
RRC Chaplains 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 per individual for a greater length of time.
How does a Chaplain facilitate meeting needs?
Within the scope of training
RRC Chaplains often help 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.
Can a chaplain perform ceremonies?
RRC Chaplains often assist, coordinate, or conduct functions relating to the Christian life, such as ceremonies and services.
Can Donate or Apply using my Visa/Master Card?
With encrypted security...
Yes. Clicking on any of our “Donate” or “Payment” links will direct you to a secure payment site.
How will the chaplain care for my employees?
To the best of abilities
While providing an uplifting moment of encouragement, the chaplain will build care-based “being there” relationships with the employees. Also, the employee can call his chaplain any time to help with personal crisis management.
What types of cases are chaplains typically involved in?
All that Life brings...
By-in-large, your level of access has to do with who you are credentialed by, or the type of agency you serve under. Chaplains are certified to enter jail facilities, emergency rooms, and accident scenes. Chaplains will assist your employees in hospital care, family and marriage care, substance abuse, stress management, and interpersonal conflicts.
How will the chaplain interact with my management team?
Your managers will find the chaplain to be an effective management tool. Dealing with employees’ personal life issues can consume a skilled manager’s time, and he may not feel he is adequately trained to provide advice in most cases.
Are chaplains to be affiliated with any specific church or denomination?
RRC is founded in Biblical principles...
Chaplains come from a variety of churches and denominations. RRC Certifies Christ following Christian chaplains who agree to operate under the guidelines of our statement of faith only.
Can a business chaplain effectively care for employees from varied religious backgrounds?
Hence the training...
Yes. RRC’s chaplains are skilled workplace caregivers who are trained in providing care in a multicultural environment.
In a litigation driven culture, is there a legal concern attached to offering a Chaplain Assistance Program?
While anybody can sue for anything...
Our chaplains are trained to understand a wide variety of legal considerations, and know that depending on the position they desire to serve in as a chaplain, there are differing requirements they will need to adhere to in order to greatly reduce the potential for any legal matters.
What is Corporate Chaplaincy?
An ever growing need...
Corporate chaplaincy provides employers the opportunity to offer a Chaplain Assistance Program (CAP) benefit to their employees. A CAP is a personal, voluntary, and confidential employee care benefit available to employees and their households and immediate families; sponsored by the company, chaplains are provided by a chaplaincy provider.
Why should my business have a corporate chaplaincy program?
How's your bottom line?
Corporate chaplaincy makes good business sense. Take appropriate care of your employees and they will take care of business. Difficulties and challenges that employees face outside of the workplace come to work with them and result in low productivity, low morale, and high absenteeism.
Why is this service important for employers as well as their employees?
A workplace of wellness...
Most employers recognize that absenteeism and turnover can create a significant cost to the business or corporation. In addition, an employee who is focused on a personal problem, rather than on work, is sometimes the cause of expensive errors or accidents.
What are the benefits a chaplain offers to help the company’s management team?
How much time do you have?
Chaplains are available to serve the rank-and-file employees as well as the company leaders. In addition to being available to help executives and managers resolve personal problems, chaplains serve as a resource for company leaders and are always available to respond quickly to special requests from company leaders for any type of assistance.
How does a Chaplain Assistance Program (CAP) differ from an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
Time is of the essence.
An on-site chaplain is frequently able to facilitate the identification of a concern and its early resolution or potential referral to the EAP provider.
Do chaplains “push religion” or focus primarily on the religious needs of employees?
Thou shalt not push...
No. Our Chaplain Assistance Program approach is based on the military or hospital chaplain model – a neutral, nurturing, and always available caregiver – and focuses on helping employees and families better manage and respond to basic personal life and work issues.