Disaster Relief Chaplains are members of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams. They are mobilized with the BCNE Disaster Relief team by the State Disaster Relief Director (Tim Buehner).
As persons called by God, Disaster Relief chaplains are trained to serve in an environment of disaster relief service and response. There are not many areas of mission service that require greater spiritual sensitivity and more rapid response to human need than a disaster. Jesus himself told us that natural and man-made disasters will happen until He comes again. Therefore, we must be ready to be the "Lord's hand and feet" to hurting humanity, bringing gospel hope to them during crisis.
Disaster Relief Chaplains extend the witness and care of the church into a very specialized time of ministry in the lives of people disrupted unexpectedly by a disaster. For this reason, the training requirements for endorsement as a Disaster Relief chaplain are set high! The BCNE provides annual training for Disaster Relief Chaplains which also has carry over to local volunteer chaplaincy.
For more chaplaincy information and resources, see North American Mission Board Chaplaincy.
Endorsement is a professional credential that affirms to an agency/employer that a chaplain or pastoral counselor has met the basic requirements of the denomination to provide ministry in a specialized setting, and that the individual is a member in good standing of the Southern Baptist Convention. Endorsement creates a covenant of mutual commitment, accountability and support between the chaplain or counselor in ministry and the denomination. It states a level of denominational connection and a standard of excellence to the using agency. Within the SBC, the Chaplains Commission grants endorsement. The Chaplaincy Evangelism Team provides the denominational endorsement process for qualified persons seeking employment as chaplains and counselors, as well as for those serving in volunteer chaplaincy ministries. For those seeking employment as chaplains, the hiring entity or organization may require things such as ordination or a degree like a Masters of Divinity. Endorsed persons receive numerous benefits from their official relationship with NAMB, such as:
Endorsement is required by almost all agencies/employers using chaplains and counselors. Documentation (government/agency form or NAMB letter) indicating endorsement are usually required as part of the hiring application process. Some organizations require an update of the endorsement at periodic intervals. Endorsement is a significant step in achieving the highest levels of professional certification.
The chaplain or counselor in ministry applicant initiates the endorsement process. An application packet and/or brochure about chaplaincy may be obtained by contacting the NAMB Chaplaincy Evangelism Team. The applicant must complete and return an application form, statement of beliefs, biographical summary, and other information. A first-time endorsement application requires approximately six to eight weeks for processing and approval by the Chaplains Commission. Since endorsement is a statement to a specific using agency, the process must be updated should a chaplain or counselor in ministry change agencies and/or place of service. For more click below...