The Fourth Core Value:
According to the fourth core value of Trinity Church (marketplace), a church’s success is measured by the influence it has upon a community. A primary purpose of the church is “to mobilize, activate, encourage and commission one another to be salt and light in the earth, infecting the region with hope.” There is no ministry at Trinity Church that provides a more unique and diverse avenue to apply this core value than chaplaincy, which trains and mobilizes ordinary people into the community for extraordinary ministry.
What do Community Chaplains Do?
Since 2002, we have trained hundreds of Community Chaplains. These chaplains have served and/or are serving in places such as Baylor Healthcare Systems, Children’s Medical Center, numerous state and federal prisons, Woodmont Cabinetry, Dept. of Public Safety for DFW Airport, Express Employment Professionals, Hope Mansion, Teen Challenge, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Southwest Airlines, Cedar Hill and Midlothian Police Departments, Dallas Fire Department, Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, etc. (For additional information, please read; A New Kind of Chaplain http://penews.org/news/a-new-kind-of-chaplain).
Our Community Chaplains have also responded to the aftermath of hurricanes, such as Katrina and Rita, as well as critical incidents such as the tornadoes in Lancaster, Forney, Cleburne, Garland, and Rockwall. When the fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, killing 15 individuals, a team of chaplains immediately established a Disaster Relief Center for the community. A team of specially trained bereavement chaplains later provided GriefShare for the grieving family members and traumatized community.
On a regular basis, chaplains are deployed to serve on cruise ships around the world. Here they saturate the ships with prayer, exercise friendship evangelism, conduct interdenominational worship services for both the ship’s crew and the passengers, assist on shore excursions and receive ongoing chaplaincy training. (For additional information, please read Casting Bread Upon the Water –
Becoming Equipped for Ministry in the Marketplace:
“Studies show an alarming 90 percent of Christians do not feel they’ve been adequately trained to apply biblical faith in their work life,” or community. Can you imagine the impact the Body of Christ could have if believers understood that their communities were their “mission fields,” and those same believers were adequately equipped to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of individual communities? That is exactly what the community chaplain’s training is designed to achieve.
Community Chaplain’s Training
The training process involves two parts:
- Thirty hours of classroom studies, which equips believers to serve as chaplains in their spheres of influence. Some of the topics include:
- Who is a Chaplain?
- Establishing Relationships
Conducive to Ministry
- Learning to Listen
- Healthy Self – Helping Others
- Families at Risk
- Issues of Aging in the Marketplace
- Stages of Grief
- Ministering to Terminally Ill Persons
- Ministering to Families Touched by Death
- Ministering to Those With Drug
& Alcohol Addiction
- Acceptance Without Compromise
- Ministering Effectively in Crisis Situations
- Shifting Spiritual Climates
- Establishing Ministry Goals and Priorities
- Dreaming, God-Size Dreams
- The chaplaincy internship (practicum) program. During the internship, the students select a specific area of chaplaincy ministries; i.e. healthcare, workplace, corrections, emergency services, sports, Veteran’s Affairs, or specialized. They then receive a minimum of 12 hours of specialized training and serve a minimum of 50 hours under the direction/supervision of a senior (professional) Chaplain to apply the ministry skills they studied during their time in the classroom.
What Others are Saying About the Community Chaplain’s Program:
“… the Timmermans equipped a roomful of people this weekend to become chaplains’ in our marketplace. What these guys quietly do is remarkable and one of the most effective high-level discipleship systems I know.”
“The Community Chaplains training changed my life!”
“I will be forever grateful to you both for your great training and leadership in the CCTC. Your love for the Lord and compassion for serving Him is so evident for others to see and experience. Serving as one of the chaplains at ______ Police Dept has been awesome. Our biggest challenge has been from the death of the young female officer that was killed in an accident. Another was the suicide of father of one of our employees… the ‘ministry of presence’ is so important.”
“I experienced many opportunities to pray with the crew and passengers, attend church services for the crew and an interdenominational service for the passengers. We saw people saved and set free of demonic oppression. I’ve never experienced anything like it and loved being a part of such a blessed Christian family. It was life changing. I can’t wait to do it again.”
“I have a library full of ministry books and if I had to choose only two of them, I would choose my Bible and the training manual for Community Chaplains because it is so comprehensive and practical.”
- Marketplace Leader’s Wife:
“The training completely changed my husband’s perspective – it provided him with practical ministry tools for the marketplace. Now instead of just going to work he realizes he is entering his mission field.”
- Pastor Becky (Chaplain for the Dallas Wings WNBA basketball team):
“The Community Chaplains training and program has revolutionized our church.”
Do you realize 70% of America’s workforce has no church affiliation? Learn how to most effectively take the CHURCH to the people. Attend the next CCTC and become certified as a Community Chaplain or just gain tools to minister in the marketplace.
The first session of the upcoming Community Chaplain’s Training Conference is October 12-13.
Training Conference Dates:
October 12-13 Lessons 1-10
November 2-3 Lessons 11-20
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 Lessons 21-30
Friday 7:00-9:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 5:30 PM
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