Chaplaincy is a very effective opportunity to mobilise believers and engage with a distant and lost world.
The role of the Chaplain is Australia began in 1876 with William Johnson who was encouraged to join the first fleet by John Newton and William Wilberforce, who were keen for a committed evangelical Christian to take the role of chaplain in the colony. Johnson led the first Christian service held on Australian soil on February 3rd 1788.
He held open air services for the first 4 or more years of his ministry in Australia
What began with Johnson continued down through Australia’s history to this day with standout influential leaders like Salvation Army officer and military chaplain Captain William (Fighting) McKenzie who travelled with the Australian Expeditionary Force during WW1. Fighting Mac was one of the first chaplains ashore at Gallipoli and reports abound that he accompanied his men when they charged the enemy often armed only with a shovel. Recommended for the Victoria Cross 3 times, he was awarded a Military Cross in June 1916 for ‘distinguished services in the field’.
How Reach Nation can help
Pathway for chaplain development and certification
Intake assessment, including
- Identifying individual calling
- Establishing eligibility
- Ensuring academic, psychological and relational capacity
Chaplaincy induction and participation standards
- Consensus on organisation and individual calling/fit
- Provision of community service code of conduct in addition to the organisation’s current process. As this becomes the public face of your organisation and is absolutely essential
- A multi-faceted approach to academic standards. This includes
- Certificate 4 in Chaplaincy with a basic counselling emphasis. Currently priced at $2495, this includes mentoring to ministry guidance to ensure practical application of calling (as a general rule) within 3 months of course completion. This course allows successful students to access NSCP school positions as well.
Helping you engage better with your local community
- We consider it essential that the conversation in churches in general changes from a congregational discussion to a missional discussion (this is an essential culture shift)
- Advice and input regarding reframing some church activities to provide a more complete pathway in relation to above (based in part on the Engel scale)
- Identification of unmet community need
- Assistance developing strategic relationships with community leaders