Disaster Chaplaincy

Basic requirements to become a CRI Chaplain include:

  1. Being a CRI Responder 
  2. Serving at a deployment or deployment exercise (a training)
  3. Fulfilling the application process, including an interview

CRI Chaplaincy is a bit different than most. In the CRI world, we work as a Spirit-led team, and everyone pitches in to do whatever is at hand. All CRI Chaplains are first of all CRI responders, with a value of joyful and humble service. We assign Chaplains to talk to people, but there may be times that work overwhelms the Responders. During those times, Chaplains will work hard alongside the rest of the team.

CRI Chaplaincy has three ranks, Assistant Chaplain, Field Chaplain, and Senior Chaplain. Requirements and responsibilities are below.


Chaplaincy Training

If you become a Responder at a live Rapid Training, you also need a Basic Chaplaincy Training. This is available online or at a live training. To advance beyond an Assistant Chaplain, you will need advanced training. (see below)

The online Disaster Chaplaincy Track is open to everyone, with no prerequisites. It’s designed for anyone wanting to minister in crisis situations. It has both Basic and Advanced Segments.

The content of the online Disaster Chaplaincy Track – Basic is in CRI Academy’s Course 1. Those who have attended a live Basic Crisis Respon­se training do not have to re-take the online Basic. But it is a great refresher! You will need Advanced Training when you apply to move from Assistant to Field Chaplain.

Live trainings are on the Training page.

Note: You are only considered to be operating as a CRI Chaplain when deployed by CRI. Self-deploying or acting as a CRI Chaplain in other situations is not allowed. But, we encourage you to serve as chaplains under your home church or local ministries.


 Commitments of a CRI Chaplain

  • Dedication to a life of integrity and purity
  • Faithful in the study of the Word, prayer, and worship
  • Walking in PHD (prophecy, healing, and deliverance).
  • Agreement with CRI Statement of Faith.
  • Devoted to compassion, kindness, and ministering to others with the love of Jesus.
  • Understanding and carrying out what it means to be a good chaplain.
  • Commitment to good self-care, including one’s own emotional healing.
  • Involvement in ministry to Responders or other tasks as directed by CRI leadership.
  • Active involvement with CRI at trainings, deployments, and/or chaplaincy responsibilities.


Assistant Chaplain Requirements:

  • Being a Certified Responder with at least one deployment, including deployment exercises.
  • Completion of the Disaster Chaplaincy Track – Basic
    • Please note – We require the Basic Chaplaincy training even if you have attended a Rapid CRT.
  • Application form completed.
  • Interview Completed.
  • Completed and approved background check.
  • Pastor/Overseer recommendation letter.
  • Chaplain recommendation letter (if you know a CRí chaplain).
  • Personal resume.
  • Current digital photo and updated RLS form.
  • Copy of ministerial license, ordination documentation or theological education certification (if applicable).
CRI Leadership may waive requirements based on applicant’s qualifications or experience.

Assistant Chaplain Responsibilities:

  • Assist CRI chaplains with personal ministry.
  • Assist with chaplaincy functions at training events and deployment.

Field Chaplain Requirements:

  • Completion of the Disaster Chaplaincy. This includes advanced training in CRI Academy or at a live event. This also includes ongoing continuing education courses.
  • CRI deployment experience as an Assistant Chaplain. This provides first-hand experience while working under the leadership of Senior Chaplains.
  • At least two deployments or training events.
  • Interview and references indicating you’re prepared for advancement.
  • Current digital photo and updated RLS form.
CRI Leadership may waive requirements based on applicant’s qualifications or experience.

Field Chaplain Responsibilities:

  • Minister to individuals, families, fellow responders, first responders, etc.
  • Assist (in chaplain capacity) during trainings and deployments.
  • On-call (phone ministry) availability during CRI deployments.
  • Assist in providing post deployment chaplain support for CRI Responders.
  • Facilitate on-the-job training for Assistant Chaplains.
  • Assist the facilitation of group crisis interventions.

 


Senior Chaplain Requirements:

  • Completion of the Disaster Chaplaincy. This includes advanced training in CRI Academy or at a live event. This also includes ongoing continuing education courses.
  • Interview and references indicating you’re prepared for advancement.
  • CRI deployment experience as a Field Chaplain.
  • At least two deployments or training events.
  • Current digital photo and updated RLS form.
Promotion to Senior Chaplain will be by invitation only. We encourage expressing interest. CRI Leadership may waive requirements based on applicant’s qualifications or experience.

Senior Chaplain Responsibilities:

  • Help give leadership to the CRI Chaplaincy Department.
  • Minister to individuals, families, fellow Responders, first responders, etc..
  • Assist (in chaplain capacity) with trainings and deployments.
  • On-call (phone ministry) availability during CRI deployments.
  • Provide post deployment chaplain support for CRI Responders.
  • Assist in on the job training with Assistant and Field Chaplains.
  • Facilitate group crisis interventions.
  • Develop support plans for grief and loss victims.
  • Teach chaplaincy related courses at CRI trainings.
 
Here are some links:
Disaster Chaplaincy Track – Basic  (Great review for all Responders! If you attended a live Rapid Training, this is required before becoming a CRI Chaplain.)
Disaster Chaplaincy Track – Advanced (Required for Assistants who want to progress to Field Chaplain)
 
If you are not yet a CRI Responder, you can get certified online through Course 1 – Rapid Responder Training of CRí Academy or by attending a live training. We offer a Bundled Course for those who want to become a CRí Responder & CRí Chaplain.