• Disaster Relief Chaplaincy

    Disaster relief chaplains are members of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams. They are mobilized with their SBC state convention disaster relief team by the state disaster relief coordinator.

    As persons called by God, disaster relief chaplains are trained to serve in an environment of disaster relief service and response. There are few areas of missions service that require greater spiritual sensitivity and more rapid response to human need than a disaster. Jesus Himself told us that natural and man-made disasters will happen until He comes again. Therefore, we must be ready to be the "Lord's hands and feet" to hurting humanity, bringing gospel hope to them during crisis.

    Disaster relief chaplains extend the witness and care of the church into a very specialized time of ministry to people whose lives have been disrupted unexpectedly by a disaster. For this reason, the training requirements for endorsement as a disaster relief chaplain are set high!

    Basic Qualifications/Requirements for SBC Endorsement:

    • complete the training "Involving Southern Baptists in Disaster Relief" (about 12 hours)
    • complete the training "Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplains Manual" (about 9 hours)
    • complete one unit of training in either Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) (about 16 hours) or National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) (about 40 hours)

    The training is coordinated and scheduled by each Southern Baptist state convention through the office of the disaster relief coordinator or state chaplaincy representative.

    Endorsement as a Southern Baptist Volunteer Relief Chaplain

    May 4, 2004, the Chaplains Commission, SBC, approved the endorsing of disaster relief chaplains to their state conventions. After completing the above requirements, applicants should contact the NAMB Chaplaincy Evangelism Team.

    For specific application of qualifications to your situation, contact the volunteer chaplaincy associate at 770-410-6361.

    Links for Disaster Relief (DR) Chaplaincy

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplain Manual   

    Critical Incident Stress Management 

    National Organization for Victim Assistance 

    Interested in becoming an endorsed disaster relief chaplain?