First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 3

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is Psalm 147:2-4 which says, “The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from John Chrysostom. He said, “Charity is, indeed, a great thing, and a gift of God; and when it is rightly ordered, likens us to God Himself, as far as that is possible; for it is charity which makes the man.”

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 3)

— Education & Training

First-responder chaplains usually fall into one of three categories: (1) local clergy volunteers, (2) paid professional chaplains, or (3) members of the first-responder agency who perform the duties of chaplain as collateral duty. Regardless of paid status, first-responder chaplains are expected to be professional in every aspect of their service to the agency, and with time and personal investment, they become family to the agency they serve.

The qualifications for first-responder chaplains (volunteer and paid) vary by department and agency. However, most agencies require some basic qualifications, such as a demonstrated call to public-service chaplaincy; ecclesiastical certification, recommendation, or endorsement by a recognized religious body; background and credit check; and education, training, or experience in public safety and service ministry.