PODCAST: First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 17 (Ordained Chaplains – Work of the Chaplain #65 with Daniel Whyte)

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 65. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is John 15:5 which says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Brittney Moses. She said, “Self care is not selfish. It is recentering your mind, body, and soul so you have the ability to lead and love others from a place of peace, strength, and stability.”

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 17)

— Crisis Intervention & Disaster Chaplaincy: Important Survival Skills

Crisis and disaster chaplains are incredibly vulnerable at another level as well. They may feel the added distress of not having answers, not being in charge, and not having the resources to “fix” the vast array of problems. They may feel the pressure of having to continue doing the daily and weekly routine tasks of being a parish minister while trying to minister to the needs of victims, relief workers, and relief agencies. They may have difficulty cooperating with leaders of other faith traditions within the community, or they may feel excluded by relief agencies who arrive to help. The media may intrude on their privacy or elevate them to unwelcomed celebrity status. Such vulnerability leads to compassion fatigue. Crisis and disaster chaplains become emotionally depleted after hearing and experiencing the pain and suffering of victims. They are not tired of being compassionate, but they are tired from being compassionate. They no longer have the emotional energy to be present to people’s stories.

Survival skills include basic self-care—before, during, and after the event. Setting appropriate boundaries, learning to delegate, and maintaining a personal support system are essential skills for crisis and disaster chaplains. Sometimes, these chaplains must self-select. This is, they must be wise enough to excuse themselves from responding to the disaster. Perhaps they have recently experienced a death of a loved one or they are recovering from a serious illness or medical treatment. Perhaps they or their immediate family has been victimized. To be effective and helpful during the crisis moment, chaplains must redefine their own ministry expectations to accommodate the circumstances of the disaster and prioritize personal prayer, meditation, and worship—as we would say in the Christian tradition, they must remember to abide in the Vine (John 15:5).

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— PRAYER —

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Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.