• Disaster Relief Chaplaincy/Crisis Intervention

    OSFA CoverSouthern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplains now have a new tool in their arsenal of resources to help them assist individuals in disaster areas and the volunteers who come to their aid. The Operation Stress First Aid (OSFA) course is now available.

    Contact your convention disaster relief office for information about training opportunities. The OSFA course was developed for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief from materials first developed by the United States Marine Corps called Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC). These materials evolved from a desire to better serve service members in combat zones and those emerging from combat zones. The COSC material has been made available to the public. You can download a copy of the COSC manual from one of the links below.

    Materials available for download

     Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplain Training Manual 

    Pre-training requirements for approval as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain

    1. Read the Disaster Relief Chaplain Training Manual  namb.net/drchaplaintrainingmanual  
    2. Register for the Disaster Relief Chaplain Basic Course. 

    Training requirements for approval as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain

    1. Complete Introducing Southern Baptists to Disaster Relief (provided by your convention disaster relief director). 
    2. Complete the Disaster Relief Chaplain Basic Course (16 hours).
      For course offerings:
      Check with your convention disaster relief director or disaster relief chaplain coordinator.
      Check with the national coordinator for disaster relief chaplaincy. 
    3. Complete a SBDR Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA) course (14 hours), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) course (14 hours) or NOVA course (24 hours).
      For course offerings:
      Check with your convention disaster relief chaplain coordinator or the national coordinator for disaster relief chaplaincy.
      Check the website of International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, icisf.org.
      Check the website of National Organization for Victim Assistance, trynova.org.
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    4. Optional (highly recommended)
      Complete the Emergency Management Institute’s “Introduction to Incident Command System” (ICS) 100 Module (available online at  fema.gov). 

    Advanced training requirements for approval as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain site coordinator, quadrant coordinator, or regional coordinator

    1. Complete all disaster relief chaplain basic course requirements and accumulate significant experience. 
    2. Complete the Emergency Management Institute’s two ICS courses and print the certificates: 
      “Introduction to Incident Command System” (ICS) Level 100 Module (available online at  fema.gov). 
      “Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents” (ICS) Level 200 Module (available online at  fema.gov). 
    3. Acquire a formal recommendation from your convention disaster relief director. 
    4. Register for the Disaster Relief Chaplain Advanced Course. 
      Check with your convention disaster relief chaplain coordinator or the national coordinator for disaster relief chaplaincy.  
    5. Complete the Disaster Relief Chaplain Advanced Course (6 hours). 
    6. Optional (highly recommended):
      Complete the following Emergency Management Institute courses:
      “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction” Level 700 Module (available online at  fema.gov) 
      “National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction”(changing to “Framework”/NRF) Level 800 Module (available online at  fema.gov ) 

    Train-the-Trainer requirements for approval as a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain trainer

    1. Complete the Disaster Relief Chaplain Basic Course and Disaster Relief Chaplain Advanced Course requirements. 
    2. Complete the Emergency Management Institute’s two national level courses and print certificates: 
      “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction” Level 700 Module (available online at  fema.gov)
      “National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction” (changing to “Framework”/NRF) Level 800 Module (available online at  fema.gov) 
    3. Demonstrate adequate training capabilities and experience. 
    4. Acquire a formal recommendation from your convention disaster relief director and two other ministry-based references. 
    5. Register for the Disaster Relief Chaplain Train-the-Trainer course. 
      Check with your convention disaster relief chaplain coordinator or the national coordinator for disaster relief chaplaincy.  
    6. Complete the Disaster Relief Chaplain Train-the-Trainer course (14 hours). 
    7. Optional (highly recommended):
      Read New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Manual for New York City Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery. (see also “NYDIS Tip Sheets”) (available online nydis.org).
      Read The Salvation Army (TSA) “Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters Training Guide. salvationarmyusa.org.
      Read National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) “Light Our Way” (online at  nvoad.org). 
      Read Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) “His Presence in Crisis” Rapid Response training curriculum. billygraham.org 

    Volunteer DR Chaplaincy Endorsement

    On May 4, 2004, the Chaplains Commission, SBC, approved the endorsement of disaster relief chaplains by their state conventions. Once a person has completed the above requirements, they should contact the NAMB Chaplaincy Evangelism Team.

    For specific application of qualifications to your situation, contact the Volunteer Chaplaincy Associate at (770) 410-6361 or chaplain@namb.net.