Become a Hope Force Chaplain / ESC Worker

Are you interested in serving alongside Hope Force as a chaplain?

Luke 7:22-23 is a lively scripture, which gives us a strong sense of Jesus' ministry. John the Baptist's followers were sent to Jesus to ask if He was the one to come. Jesus replied, Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard:  the blind receive sight, the lame walk. and the Good News is being preached to the poor.chuck

This statement makes clear to me that there are two hands of the Gospel meeting physical AND spiritual needs are strong components to any ministry opportunity. The "ministry of presence" allows us to come alongside individuals to help them on to the next step in their lives.

We have a growing cadre of Chaplains and Emotional Spiritual Care workers among our Reservists, who prove that needed spiritual touch as our teams muck out houses, repair roofs and rebuild homes. There are nearly 300 Reservists who have expressed interest in this area.

In addition, throughout the history of our partnership, Hope Force has deployed hundreds of Emotional and Spiritual caregivers into The Salvation Army's ranks upon their request-- opening an even broader opportunity of service for our chaplains.

We would like to continue building this core, which usually requires additional training to be qualified to work as ESC workers or Chaplains. If you are interested, and would like to improve your skills and be prepared to work in this area, I would be happy to help you navigate through the training process needed.

The stories of changed lives are most compelling. We have been given the honor of coming alongside survivors at a time of their greatest need. We need your help, and would love to facilitate the process for you.

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Profile of a Hope Force Chaplain

  • After completing Hope Force International [HFI] Course:
  • Love for the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Sensitive to the Holy Spirit in ministry
  • Emotional/ Spiritual maturity
  • Sincere interest in helping others
  • Calming affect in troubling situations...  "Ministry of Presence"
  • Servant's heart / Experience in serving
  • Already ministering... serving on a local level
  • Take secondary courses in classroom or on-line
  • Time in field with HFI Chaplains

 General Guideline / Requirement Checklist:

  • Successfully complete HFI Training
  • Complete NCTSN on-line course in Psychological First Aid  NCTSN on-line course
  • NIMS on-line course: Introduction to Incident Command Systems [IS-100.b] [Interactive web-based course]
  • Have a natural ability to relate to others in times of crisis
  • Life experience in dealing with trauma and loss with self and others
  • Mature and steady Christian walk with God
  • Completed background check
  • Pastoral Reference
  • Senior Chaplain recommendation

Standard Requirements for ESC [Emotional Spiritual Care] Workers:

Completion of General Guidelines and work toward completion of one course listed below [or equivalent] within six months:
  • Emotional Spiritual Care - two day classroom course
  • Individual CISM - two day classroom course

Standard Requirements for Hope Force Chaplains:

Meet General Guidelines, Standard Requirements for ESC Workers, and work toward completing the following within 18 months:

  • Grief Following Trauma - two day classroom course
  • Group CISM [Critical Incident Stress Management] - two day classroom course
  • Salvation Army "Introduction to Disaster Services" Course [registration details will come from Hope Force]
  • Volunteer "activity" in your city using "Chaplain skills"
  • Work toward ICISF Certificate in Specialized Training called Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention
  • Time in the field with Hope Force Chaplain

Printable Checklist of Requirements