Become a Hope Force Chaplain / ESC Worker


Profile of a Hope Force Chaplain

  • After completeing Hope Force International [HFI] Course:
  • Love for the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Sensitive to the Holy Spirit in ministry
  • Emotional/ Spiritual maturity
  • Sincere interest in helping others
  • Calming affect in troubling situations...  "Ministry of Presence"
  • Servant's heart / Experiene in serving
  • Already ministering... serving on a local level
  • Take secondary courses in classroom or on-line
  • Time in field with HFI Chaplains

 General Guideline / Requirement Checklist:

  • Successfully complete HFI Training
  • Complete NCTSN on-line course in Psychological First Aid  NCTSN on-line course
  • NIMS on-line course: Introduction to Incident Command Systems [IS-100.b] [Interactive web-based course]
  • Have a natural ability to relate to others in times of crisis
  • Life experience in dealing with trauma and loss with self and others
  • Mature and steady Christian walk with God
  • Completed background check
  • Pastoral Reference
  • Seniour Chaplain recommendation

Standard Requirements for ESC [Emotional Spiritual Care] Workers:

Completion of General Guidlines and work toward completion of one course listed below [or equivalent] within six months:
  • Emotional Spiritual Care - two day classroom course
  • Individual CISM - two day classroom course

Standard Requirements for Hope Force Chaplains:

Meet General Guidlines, Standard Requirements for ESC Workers, and work toward completing the following within 18 months:

  • Grief Following Trauma - two day classroom course
  • Group CISM [Critical Incident Stress Management] - two day classroom course
  • Salvation Army "Introduction to Disaster Services" Course [registration details will come from Hope Force]
  • Volunteer "activity" in your city using "Chaplain skills"
  • Work toward ICISF Certificate in Specialized Training called Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention
  • Time in the field with Hope Force Chaplain

Printable Checklist of Requirements

For questions regarding Chaplaincy trainings call HFI Senior Chaplain, Chuck Duby: 615.371.1271  OR Email: