First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 2 (Ordained Chaplains: Work of the Chaplain #51)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is Jeremiah 30:17 which says, “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Smith Wigglesworth. He said, “God has chosen us to help one another.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: First-Responder Chaplaincy (Part 2)

— Ministry Needs

Personality, cultural machismo, and public expectation place great demands upon first responders. They live in the tension of distress and eustress (good stress) that either enables them to function at peak performance or causes them to experience the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects of physiological and psychological failure. Working with the worst of society, in the most challenging situations, and experiencing the most negative aspects of an unjust world in crisis inevitably cause stress and anxiety that many first responders cannot or will not share with personal family or others. They may feel compelled to protect their families from the negative aspects of their profession, or they may feel that they must live up to the hero ethos. The inability to ventilate emotions appropriately often distances spouses who do not understand the first-responder culture of machismo and who feel they are being excluded or distanced by their first-responder spouse. Consequently there is a higher rate of divorce and second-time divorce among this group than there is in the average population. This cultural climate requires great sensitivity and awareness on the part of first-responder chaplains.

First-responder chaplains may be known as police or law enforcement chaplains, fire department chaplains, emergency services chaplains, or crisis and disaster relief chaplains. (Each of these will be described more fully below.) Their primary focus is to minister to the men and women who serve the public through emergency services agencies. As requested they also provide ministry to the families of officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, crisis relief workers, and the staff members of these agencies. And by the nature of their contact with victims, they also minister to the community.

A first-responder chaplain may also be known as a public-safety or public-service chaplain — providing spiritual care to the members and family of public safety and service agencies. In the context of public safety and service, chaplains provide spiritual care as a priority and also provide religious ministry, advocacy, institutional liaisons, and emotional and spiritual healing through presence, listening, encouragement, and direct interventions during personal crisis. Like other chaplains, they minister in a pluralistic environment regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, rank, or presumed guilt or innocence. Public-safety chaplains must remain neutral to the politics and operational differences that often divide agencies. They minister to all people in the department and to the many agencies that cooperate in emergencies, crises, and disasters.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of a Chaplain”. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and $whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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