Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Fellowship Chaplains are an extension of the local church, often serving people in closed-communities.
What I mean by “closed” is communities that many people from the public are not allowed to enter. Pastors and lay people are typically not allowed to enter police stations to minister to police officers, yet chaplains do this.
Fellowship Chaplaincy is a growing ministry at Fellowship National, with 20 new chaplains appointed in the last 20 months. Annually, we gather together for enrichment and training.
This past September over 70 chaplains and Fellowship pastors gathered for some crisis management training.
I will let our Fellowship National Coordinator, Richard Flemming (who hosted the event) briefly describe the day’s training:
“Marie Allen is a committed believer, qualified counsellor, and one of Toronto’s most experienced in trauma interventions. She has been involved in some high profile cases, including the 2014 Moncton shootings of three RCMP officers, as well the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa that same year. This chaplaincy training event, done in cooperation with FEB Central and held at Hespeler Baptist Church in Cambridge, ON, allowed both chaplains and pastors to profit from Marie’s rich experience as she shared some helpful information regarding critical incident stress management.
“Given the three hour time limit, Marie concentrated on providing us with practical information on how to approach and help those dealing with a crisis situation in their lives. She reminded us that while everyone experiences trauma in their own way, generally, it leaves people feeling as if they have lost control without knowing how to get it back. She talked about believers who may at the same time go through a crisis of faith, wondering why God would allow such a thing to happen to them. She then presented a few ways that chaplains and pastors could provide assistance to those having experienced a crisis in their life. This included a seven-step outline in how to conduct a ‘debrief,’ the five stages of grieving, a list of common mistakes in dealing with those in crisis, and some practical advice regarding self-care for those involved in trauma counseling.
“Marie’s emphasis on the practical meant that we all left with something to help guide us when dealing with people in crisis. It seems to me that’s what makes for a successful training event, and this one certainly was that!”
Karate for Christ
Neil McGillivray, Sports Chaplain
Karate for Christ Canada is a faith-based martial arts program that has been providing a karate experience based on Christian values to hundreds of kids and adults since 2001. Fellowship Chaplain, Neil McGillivray, is founder and senior instructor of Karate for Christ in Canada, and has over 25 years of ministry experience through his unique background having served as a youth pastor, and Bible College instructor. He also has more than 30 years of martial arts experience, and holds a fourth Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate.
Sensei McGillivray writes, “I dreamt whether or not I could use my martial arts background to serve God. My dream was to combine my love for Jesus, with my love for martial arts and my love of working with young people. The day of our first class we were hoping we would get at least a dozen kids so that we would have enough kids to run the program. That first day 62 kids showed up and I was the only instructor. Over the past 15 years we have grown to three member schools and three affiliate schools in five cities, with over 40 instructors. You don't have to worry about eastern mysticism as all of our classes are taught by Christian martial artists. We only serve one Master and that is Jesus Christ.
“We teach a Bible lesson at each class, and require scripture memory work for each belt. Students receive patches for their uniform for reading books of the Bible. Classes are free. We rely completely on donations. “We offer Karate classes for ages three and up. Our oldest student is a grandmother who brings her grandkids. She is 65 years old and just earned her orange belt.”
For more information about classes, volunteer opportunities, to make a donation, or on starting up a new program at your church, visit www.karateforchrist.ca. You can watch a brief video about this unique ministry at: www.fellowship.ca/AboutFellowshipChaplains
From Ride-Along to an Amazing Adventure
James Turner, First Response Chaplain
Police Chaplaincy began for me with a ride-along with a church member who was an officer with
Vancouver Police Department in May of 1982.
Since that time I have been led to serve in Chaplaincy full time. I have the honour to serve as Divisional Chaplain for “E” Division (British Columbia) Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver Police Department, Delta Police Department and Transit Police. That people group represents 8,800 sworn police officers.
This calling has allowed me to serve on many happy occasions such as wedding and the dedication of children. Unfortunately, it has also required that I serve by officiating at many funerals as well. The Regimental funerals that I have been honoured to conduct have allowed me to speak to literally thousands of people that would never walk through the doors of our Fellowship churches. The opportunity to care for those who are on the front line and make such a profound difference in the lives of all Canadians is a sacred privilege.
Chaplaincy is for a people group with a unique culture and very specialized needs. Chaplaincy is a bridge built to provide care, in my case, to the police personnel and their families. For the past 34 years this has been a ride that has started small and has blossomed into an amazing adventure.
PASTORS ARE JOINING FELLOWSHIP CHAPLAINCY
This past year several Fellowship pastors have been appointed “volunteer” Fellowship chaplains — something to think about? As a pastor, you continue ministry in your local church while volunteering in your community as a credentialed “official” chaplain. It may open doors to ministry that would otherwise be closed to the public.
The application process is simple and the privileges are tangible. Just go to www.fellowship.ca/ChaplaincyForms to apply today.
Thank you for praying for our Fellowship chaplains. Most would love an opportunity to share their ministry in our local churches. Go to www.fellowship.ca/ChaplainsAlphabetical to see a list of our Fellowship Chaplains across Canada.
Have a blessed week,