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Chaplains Introduction

  • Definition
  • Spiritual Not Religious
  • Chaplain vs. Pastor
  • Individual normal
  • Type of care
  • Religious Makeup
  • Things not to say
  • Things to Say
  • Grief and Loss
  • Restoration

Definition- Minister in the work place. The only religious intervention allowed by law to function under the covering of the separation of church and state. Spiritual not religious

Types of ministries–

  1. Police
  2. Fire
  3. EMS
  4. Corporate
  5. Schools
  6. Colleges
  7. Inner city missions
  8. Airports
  9. TSA
  10. Hospitals
  11. Nursing homes
  12. Sports teams
  13. Hospice
  14. Prison
  15. Military
  16. Disaster

Difference between Chaplain and Church Pastor

Chaplains are not in a church building, Works with Christians and non-Christians. Often are not paid. Listener first then ever slow to speak. Do not judge! Take them back to their normal not yours. Remembers that behavioral changes are not Character changes. Type of care Spiritual paramedic – Never Shocked or Shock proof Taking the hands and love of Christ to the people for their pain. Understanding the type and depth of pain.

  1. Marital
  2. Family
  3. vocational
  4. anxiety
  5. depression,
  6. bereavement
  7. emotional trauma

Religious makeup of the world by numbers

  1. 33% Christian to include Catholic
  2. Protestant
  3. Eastern Orthodox
  4. Pentecostal
  5. LDS
  6. SDA
  7. Jehovah Witnesses
  8. Quakers
  9. ECT.

  10. 21% Islam
  11. 14% Hindu
  12. 16% non- religious

Things we should not say.

  1. I know how you feel.
  2. You don’t need to know that,
  3. What you don’t know wont’ hurt you, I can’t tell you that,
  4. Time heals all wounds, I understand.
  5. You must go on with your own life,
  6. He did not know what hit him,
  7. You’re young, you’ll remarry,
  8. It is better to love and lost than never to have loved at all
  9. At least you have other children.
  10. It was Gods will, It was a blessing because…
  11. It must have been his/her time,
  12. God never gives us more than we can handle
  13. God must have need him/Her more than you did
  1. I don’t understand why you are still crying
  2. Look, you only lost …
  3. They had a greater loss than you and they pulled themselves together
  4. No one should feel this strongly about losing….
  5. It is only…
  6. And you had …. Long enough, you can find another
  7. This will make your family closer
  8. don’t cry
  9. Be brave
  10. You’ll get over it in if few weeks
  11. You should not feel that way
  12. The past should be put behind us
  13. At least he did not suffer
  14. Be glad it was not your only child
  15. Be strong for the children

Things to Say

  1. I am sorry this happen to you
  2. I am so sorry
  3. It is harder than most people think
  4. Most people that have gone through this react similarly to what you are experiencing
  5. If I were in your situation I’d feel very …. Too

Grief and Loss

  1. Suicide = 2006 33,000 per year
  2. Trauma = Victims of Crime 16%, 24% spouses batter each other, 30% men and 35% women sex abused, 80% combat vets PTSD,
  3. 40% pregnant women.
  4. Human trafficking
  5. Divorce
  6. Depression
  7. Disaster relief
  8. PTSD
  9. Fear
  10. Panic


  1. Meet them were they are
  2. Except them for who they are
  3. Try to understand their pain
  4. Comfort them with presences and care
  5. Grief is normal and natural
  6. Be the ears that hears
  7. Gently guide in a time of need
  8. Ask for forgiveness


To meet the needs of individuals using the Holy Spirit as a guide and facilitator. To being others to the realization that they are normal people confronted by an abnormal event, and that there is a way out.

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