TRAINING

ESC(SA) Chaplain Training

PLEASE NOTE

We are not an accredited training organisation under SAQA but that we are pursuing this in conjunction with other training organisations.

We cooperate with other learning entities and bodies to enable Chaplains to study to be come qualified Pastors or specialise in specific areas like Pastoral Counselling or Trauma Support.

Course Structure

There are five phases that make up the Chaplaincy Development Course and the status of the individuals taking the course changes as the different stages are completed. The course is made up of numerous lectures of approximately 1 – 2 hours each with a short assessment afterwards.

The lectures may be held Online during the day or in the evenings, as may be arranged with the lecturer.

The student will receive notes to work with.

There is an evaluation process and once a potential student has applied and provided the required information an Evaluation team will interview the potential Student. After this evaluation being satisfactory the student will be admitted to the course. (see Course Enty Evaluation)

Course Entry Evaluation

 

Entry Evaluation is in the form of an interview and information sharing. The ESC (SA) does not discriminate against any person but due to the stressful nature of our function the ESC (SA) needs to ensure that we protect the Health and Safety of potential Chaplains by evaluating their suitability to enter this stressful Ministry.

The ESC (SA) therefore has an entry interview, evaluation and selection process that includes amongst others, the following Key Principles:

A strong testimony that they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their ONLY Lord and saviour.

A strong alignment with the ESC(SA) Faith, Beliefs and Vision.

A tangible Calling to the Ministry.

Commitment to serve faithfully at a specific Emergency Services Station(s).

A desire to complete at least the first two years of the ESC(SA) Course.

A Servant Heart that reveals the Love of Christ.

Support from a Local Church.

Family Support for the Ministry.

A desire to Serve or Helping others.

A CV of past work and serving experience.

A Report on this interview is presented to the Board who will make the final approval or rejection of the applicant. This interview report will also form the basis for admittance to the Chaplaincy at the end of the first phase, combined with successful completion of the course and especially the successful practical application work done by the student.

Course Outline

The Lectures in our Training Course cover subjects such as:

ABOUT THE ESCSA

History of the Chaplaincy.

ESC (SA) Processes and Procedures.

BIBLICAL TEACHING

A Sound understanding of the Word of God.

Prayer, Fasting, Teaching and Preaching the Word of God.

The Pastoral Role of a Chaplain.

PERSONAL CARE

Know Yourself and Deal with your own Trauma.

THE ROLE OF A CHAPLAIN

The Chaplain’s Legal Responsibility.

The support, trauma, stress and general debriefing techniques that Chaplains need to be proficient in.

Who are the different Emergency Services and how do they function?

How to work with each of these Services.

The different types of stress and trauma they face.

WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Dealing with Accident, Crime and other Disaster Scenes.

Dealing with various cultures and beliefs.

Dealing with Traumatic Incidents like accidents and violent crimes.

Dealing with the Guilty and the Innocent.

Dealing with Major Incidents and Disasters.

Dealing with death of all ages.

Dealing with death notifications in an electronic world.

SPECIALISED TRAINING

Various advanced lectures may also be included about other specialised matters like – SIDS, Suicide, Counselling, Drug abuse etc

Course Phases

PHASE 1 - SIX LECTURES

The course is provided online at times arranged by the Lecturer. The course may also in exceptional circumstances be done through distance learning, but online interaction will be required for interviews and some of the subjects.

This is an entry level course and has as its objective to develop adequately trained Candidate ESC(SA) Chaplains who know the Lord, are Spirit Filled and can stand by and support the Emergency Services Personnel. There will be six subjects to be lectured and short assignments that need to be done. Some practical Station or other Emergency Services practical work will be required.

PHASE 2 - TEN LECTURES

The course is run online once a month, or as arranged with the Lecturer. The course may also in exceptional circumstances be done through distance learning, but online interaction will be required for interviews and some of the subjects.

This phase includes the Candidate Chaplain working at a predefined station and has as its objective to ensure that the Candidate Chaplain has adequate knowledge of the Word and sufficient knowledge of Incidents, Stress and Trauma to effectively lead others to Christ and run Sestress and Trauma debriefings.

Successful completion enables the award of ESC (SA) Full Chaplain Status.

The individual is now a Level 1 Chaplain

PHASE 3 - TEN LECTURES

The course is run online once a month, or as arranged by the Lecturer. The course may also in exceptional circumstances be done through distance learning, but online interaction will be required for interviews and some of the subjects.

At the end of this phase which includes practical work at a specified station and possibly guiding Candidate Chaplains the course is designed to fully equip the Chaplain so that they can deal with leading others to the Lord, Holding Prayer Meetings, Bible Studies, Preaching, Teaching, Destressing and Debriefing Emergency Services Staff and Victims. As well as dealing with Incident and Crime Scenes. Trauma Support of victims and guiding other Potential and Candidate Chaplains is also enabled.

The person is now a Level 2 Chaplain

PHASE 4 - TEN LECTURES

The course is run online once a month, or as arranged by the Lecturer. The course may also in exceptional circumstances be done through distance learning, but online interaction will be required for interviews and some of the subjects.

At the end of this phase which includes practical work at a specified station, guiding and training Candidate Chaplains the course is designed at fully equipping the Chaplain to an advanced level in specific areas of interest and calling with advanced lectures and input from external experts where appropriate. This Phase is designed to enable a Chaplain to become expert in any of the specialised fields that are available.

The person is now a Level 3 Chaplain

PHASE 5 - TEN LECTURES (ORDINATION COURSE)

The course is run once a month, or as arranged by the Lecturer. The course may also in exceptional circumstances be done through distance learning, but online interaction will be required for interviews and some of the subjects.

The outcome of this course is a fully equipped and Ordained ESC (SA) Chaplain that can deal with all the different situations that a Chaplain may face. The Ordained Chaplain will be able to officiate at Mass Events and able to teach, lead, mentor and guide other Chaplains as well as deal with coordinating a team at major or mass destruction incidents. N/B this is not a Church Ordination but the ordination is strictly valid within the ESC (SA).

The person is now an Ordained Chaplain

Are you interested in becoming a Chaplain?

If you have read through everything above, and you feel that God is calling you to this Ministry, then take the 25 question Assessment Test Below to express your interest. Also email us at Info@escsa.org.za and we will send you the necessary documentation, as well as put you into contact with the Chaplain that will coordinate and perform your Entry Interview.

Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

info@escsa.org.za

+27 82 329 9973