What We Do!
EMERGENCY CHAPLAINS EXISTS TO TURN THOSE IN CRISIS TOWARDS CHRIST. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE MINISTER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, MEDICS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND 911 COMMUNICATORS WHILE WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH THEM TO CARE FOR PEOPLE IN CRISIS.
Pastoral Care For First Responders
We get to know First Responders by visiting them while on duty and seeking to build relationships with them. Our chaplains offer service in much the same way that a pastor does. Chaplains gives advice and counsel when asked, visit the sick and officiate funerals. We seek to earn the trust of First Responders so they will call on us for this type of pastoral care.
Biblical Counseling For Responders
We operate a counseling center out of our offices located at Braggtown Baptist Church in Durham. Our desire is to provide Biblical Counseling (at no charge) for all First Responders and their family members who request our services.
Chaplaincy Response To Crisis Calls
When notified, we respond to provide on the scene pastoral care and crisis intervention alongside the agencies that we serve. The Chaplain brings the presence of Christ to the scene and seeks to meet the physical and emotional needs of those present. Our presence on the scene allows the First Responders to concentrate on the job at hand while knowing that the citizens are being cared for by the Chaplain.
Once this team is established, our volunteers will help people work through the pain of losing a loved one through individual meetings and group sessions. We also plan to provide an annual Memorial Service for those who have experienced this type of grief during the past year. Our plans are to establish this ministry in early 2016. Dozens of volunteers are needed.
Annual Hometown Heroes Banquet
In appreciation of our local Public Safety personnel, Emergency Chaplains hosts a “Hometown Heroes” banquet each year to honor first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We also pay tribute to Brantley Pearce who died in an automobile accident in 2010. Brantley's family awards a scholarship at the banquet because they know firsthand the kind of help that is needed during a time of great loss. This annual banquet builds morale and promotes good relations between Emergency Chaplains and local Public Safety agencies.