Emotional and Spiritual Care In Times of Crisis & Loss
Police Shomreem Ministries is an all-volunteer emergency services, law enforcement & disaster relief, emotional and spiritual support, religious entity. The chaplains serving with Police Shomreem Ministries serve on-call with law enforcement agencies, religious disaster relief agencies, local municipalities, state and federal agencies.
Police Shomreem Ministries is affiliated with and sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention. This ministry adheres to and functions under the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Faith and Message (http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp).
Police Shomreem Ministries will follow all the guidelines of the Southern Baptist Convention, their constitution, bi-laws and rules of conduct. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, North American Mission Board, Send Relief (AKA the SBC Disaster Relief) and the Illinois Baptist State Associations Disaster Relief.
This ministry also has a partnership with the Salvation Army, Chicago Metro Division, Emergency Disaster Services. We are also affiliated with several mental health organizations. We serve all people groups, religious faith groups and ethnic or cultural groups.
Our chaplains follow a standard chaplaincy code of ethics and guidelines related to serving in a multi-cultural society, with an ecumenical approach to caring for the emotional and spiritual care of survivors, victims and witnesses to a critical life experience, disaster or criminal conduct.
The following pages are an in-depth illustration of the function of Police Shomreem Ministries.
Any chaplain serving with Police Shomreem Ministries will:
1. Serve as a volunteer and not solicit donations
2. Be willing to deploy or respond to agencies in need of chaplaincy services
3. Be willing to serve and travel to locations of incidents or disasters
4. Cooperate without compromising their faith beliefs
5. Not proselytize those that they minister to
6. Maintain confidentiality as a minister unless mandated by law
7. Recognize personal and professional limits
8. Know their boundaries, duties and responsibilities
9. Demonstrate sensitivity to all faith and ethnic traditions
10. Be aware of all affected by the situation
11. Must obey the law and authorities were assigned or deployed
12. Understand and follow the incident command structure (NIMS)
It is our hopes and prayers to supply highly qualified, well trained and experienced chaplains willing to serve in all types of situations related to Emergency Services or Disaster Response Chaplaincy.
Our chaplains receive training from chaplaincy and mental health groups in North America.
Please look at the following pages for more information and connecting with us.
Police Shomreem Ministries is an independent, on call, emergency services, public safety and disaster relief chaplaincy ministry. We are on-call for any law enforcement agencies, disaster relief agencies or local communities that is in need of chaplaincy services. We are an independent, On Call, Emergency Services, Public Safety and Disaster Relief Chaplaincy. We do not charge for our services.
Police Shomreem Ministries is an independent Judeo-Christian non-profit religious entity, registered in the state of Illinois and recorded in Lake County Illinois. Police Shomreem Ministries is a tax exempt religious charity corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This ministry operates solely on the donations, gifts and love offerings that are given by the people who want to help those who are suffering from or through the negative experiences of life.
We have served several police departments in Lake, McHenry and Cook counties since we started this 501(c)3 ministry. We have also served in call-outs in central Illinois and Wisconsin. We have covered for public safety chaplains who were either not available to respond to situations or while they were out of town.
We have served in disasters with the SBC Disaster Relief and with the Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services..
Public Safety chaplains are comforters, pastors, teachers, and counselors. Chaplains are creative and understanding as they demonstrate God’s grace and love in ministering to people in crisis situations. Chaplains serving with law enforcement, fire department, and emergency services agencies minister to the employees of the agency as well as the people served in the community by that agency.
As persons called by God, Public Safety Law Enforcement Chaplains are trained to serve in an environment of critical incident service and response. There are not many areas of mission service that require greater spiritual sensitivity and more rapid response to human need than a critical incident or disaster. Chaplains help people discover spiritual resources and faith by providing worship services, religious education, pastoral care and counseling.
Chaplaincy is an expression of ministry that places chaplains inside various settings. As such, the ministry of chaplaincy is an extension of the local church reaching into our diverse and multi-cultural society providing spiritual care to people. Chaplains perform the roles of pastor, preacher, teacher/rabbi, evangelist, counselor, and administrator as they represent the church and the denomination from "inside" the using agency.
Police Shomreem Ministries is a ministry of care that serves in chaplaincy with federal, state emergency management agencies and local public safety agencies. Police Shomreem Ministries partnerships with local ministers and faith based organizations who are willing to volunteer their services as on-call chaplains to local police departments, disaster relief agencies and public safety agencies who are in need chaplaincy services. Police Shomreem Ministries works with ministers and mental health professionals who specialize in serving people who are in need of chaplaincy services. Police Shomreem Ministries also serves with several disaster relief agencies needing disaster relief, emotional and spiritual care with chaplaincy services. Our chaplains are experienced, trained, licensed and denominationally endorsed public safety and disaster relief chaplains. We are on-call for any law enforcement or emergency services agency or community that is in need of chaplaincy services.
We volunteer with, train with and support the following chaplaincy, disaster relief, mental health counseling groups and law enforcement associations that serve the law enforcement and the public in times of great tribulation, hardship,
Bring a ministry of presence to those in their time of tribulation and loss - Build a bond of trust and friendship with the people we serve - Pray for and with those in need. Prayer works. Studies have illustrated that those people who pray and have people pray for them survive better than those who do not - Counsel or minister to citizens who have experienced or witnessed traumatic incidents or experienced violent behavior in others - Counsel or minister to the first responders who have been effected by a traumatic incident - Counsel or minister to other members of the agency who have been effected by a traumatic incident - Counsel or minister to the families of the first responders and their department personnel - Visit sick or injured citizens, first responders and their departmental personnel in homes and hospitals - Make death notifications and minister to the immediate spiritual needs of the persons notified - Assist the families of those who have died to help them make funeral arrangements and help contact other friends and family members . Provide assistance to surviving victims, pooling resources and ministering to the stress of the incident ' Teach the first responders in areas such as Stress Management, Ethics, Family Life, and Pre-retirement by individual counseling, classes and providing training courses - Serve as part of a agency’s Crisis Response Team and Critical Incident Debriefing Team - Assist at suicide incidents by ministering to the people who are affected by the incident - Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community. The best way to help is to connect the victim to a clergy that they trust and know - Provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners. Sometimes an individual who has been arrested, needs someone to talk with about their feelings of guilt and failure. - Furnish sound Biblical responses to religious questions - Offer prayers at special occasions such as first responder recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, and dedication of buildings - Serve on review boards, award boards, and other committees - Pool resources to help with transients and the homeless - Minister to children, young adults, and adults of families in need of spiritual development, social development, and crisis - ntervention - Officiate, preach and teach at religious services - Help resource those who have survived a natural disaster, man-made disaster or critical incident
Entering that saddest of moments is not easier for a chaplain, but the chaplain brings experience, training and skills to the tragedy that are as specialized as the law enforcement resources every officer develops with training and experience. As a team, both chaplain and officer make an important difference in the lives of persons touched by tragedy. They work together.
Chaplains represent a wide variety of religious traditions and levels of professional preparation and endorsement. But when the chaplain is working in the police world, they are not necessarily serving in the capacity of a religious leader of a particular congregation or denomination. Chaplains serve personal and spiritual needs of individuals where they are and when they need the support of another person who comes to them without judgment, with openness. They cares for them until the crisis moment is over. Chaplains respect the persons they serve, even though there may be profound differences in race, gender, economic status, religious experience or other factors.
Chaplains come at any hour, in all kinds of weather. Mostly, they listen. But, they also comfort people who are shaking with fear, with a gentle touch, or perhaps, if someone asks, a prayer will be offered in guarded privacy to support the trembling of spirit that comes in difficult moments. Chaplains also understand the difficulties of public bureaucracies, assisting with the "red tape" moments of life for officers and the public alike. They may spend many hours riding as active passengers with officers on patrol duty. They also participate in a wide variety of training programs with their officer partners. Often chaplains are asked to teach classes dealing with stress, family life, relationships, ethics, and other issues. Most chaplains responding to critical incidents natutal and man made disasters like the 9-11 disaster, raised their own funds to cover their expenses. Many law enforcement agencies, cities, police unions, churches and individuals contributed to make it possible for their sponsored or supported chaplain to respond when needed.
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2214 Rolling Ridge Lane, Lindenhurst, Illinois 60046, United States
This ministry operates solely on the contributions and donations from people who support crisis outreach to people in need. "
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." 1 Corinthians 12:25-26