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The Differences Between Pastors and Disaster Relief Chaplains

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P3090017Last month I attended a training seminar on “Disaster Relief Chaplains.”  I took the training so I will be better equipment to help in times of disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and mass shootings.  The training was tremendous and from time to time I am going to share some of the important subjects that were covered.

I would like to begin by sharing the “Differences between a Pastor and a Disaster Relief Chaplain”.  Over the years I have discovered that some believe that pastors and chaplains are the same or they they don’t know the difference.  As you read the information below you will see the difference between the two.

 

 

A Pastor:

  • Ministers to one “set” group of people on a long-term basis.
  • Knows the people fairly well or very well.
  • Ministers in “ordinary” times.
  • Ministers to a group of people who have like or similar religious beliefs.
  • Ministers to a group of people who have chosen to be a part of this group.
  • Ministers in the context of common cultural identities.
  • Given authority by a congregation or ecclesiastical body.

 

Disaster Relief Chaplain

  • Ministers to people they have never met or do not know very well.
  • Ministers to victims who do not call them or choose them.
  • Ministers to people who are in crisis when they meet.
  • Ministers to a wide variety of cultural and ethnic groups of people.
  • Ministers to many different religious traditions
  • Ministers to people who do not know “what” a disaster relief chaplain is.
  • Given authority by an institution or agency to seek an invitation by victims.

 

This information is taken from the Chaplain Training Manuel of the North America Mission Board, SBC

I hope you have found this helpful and have a better idea of what we do from week to week.  Thank you!

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Area D Meeting at the Pomona Council Chambers TBA!

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Council Chambers of the City of Pomona

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Area D meeting had to be cancelled.  It will be rescheduled in the next coming months.

There will be an Area D Meeting in Pomona for Chaplains, Law Enforcement & First Responders  TBA at the Council Chambers, 505 South Garey. Refreshments will be serve. We have seating enough for 75 people. Please RSVP!
Our speaker will be Chaplain Mike Macintosh who has a deep commitment to the law-enforcement and first-responder communities, Mike serves as a Chaplain for the San Diego Police Department, the Newport Beach Police Department, and the American Red Cross. As a certified trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Mike has facilitated many critical incident stress management debriefings, and has provided training to first responders across the US and in Mexico. Mike also serves as a committee member for the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST).

He will speaking primarily on post-9/11 rescue efforts in New York City and the Sandy Hook shooting. He was dispatched to both incidents.

mike_macintoshMike holds Master of Arts, Master of Religion, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, and the author of several books, including When Your World Falls Apart, drawn from his experiences as a Chaplain responding to the New York World Trade Center disaster.

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Congratulations!

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On April 9th four Pomona officers receive awards from the California Office of Traffic Safety & MADD for their high number of DUI arrests during 2014. Congratulations to Officers Cesar Rivera, Jason Conley, Chris Lewis and Trevor Stevenson.

Thank you for a job  well done!

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Chaplain Bob & Jane Keller

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Chaplain Bob & Jane Keller Photo Taken by Pastor Timothy Lovegrove of Menifee, CA

 

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2 Comments

  1. Alex Gonzalez
    August 25, 2011, 7:56 PM

    Bob and Jane, what an excellent job you have done on the blog. Photos, Vimeo, great text. And congratulations on your recent honors from the Pomona Police Department. The Lord truly honors availability and your servants’ hearts. Gal. 6:9

  2. August 29, 2011, 10:56 AM

    Preach it my brother.

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