Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Workshop

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Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Workshop 2016

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM) will host “Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy—Theology and Practice,” May 23-27, 2016, on the Seminary campus. The workshop offers unique accredited training for chaplains, peace officers and pastors, focusing on effective Christian ministry to and through law enforcement.

POMlogocolorKey principles that participants can expect to take away with them after attending the workshop include: understanding law enforcement as vocation (God’s calling); distinguishing and properly applying Law and Gospel and God’s Two Kingdoms within a law enforcement context; addressing practical, legal, historical, cultural and missiological considerations; employing Christian stress management and officer spiritual survival strategies; and identifying characteristics of a competent Christian chaplain. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Course Component fulfills DHS guidelines for first responders. The Critical Incident Stress management section fulfills basic group debriefing requirements from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).

Rev. Frank Ruffatto, executive director and chaplain of POM, will serve as the introductory speaker Monday morning. Other presenters include Stephanie Abernethy, Rev. Richard Norris, Michael Dahmer, Chief Daniel Dusseau, Steve Gielda, Chief William Jones, Rev. Steven Lee, Dr. Thomas Mijares, Dr. Dave Minionis, Chad Montgomery, Rev. Stephen Lee and Steven Ruffatto.

Registration is $450. Registration includes on-campus meals, materials and CEUs. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing is dormitory style with shared bathrooms and showers. Rooms are on the second floor and are not handicapped accessible. Rates are $45 per night for single or couple, and $30 per night for a shared room. The registration deadline is May 16, 2016.

LCMS Office of National Mission Scholarships
Limited scholarships may be available for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors and church workers, made available by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Contact for more information.

The Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship awards scholarships to LCMS seminary students based on an express interest in practical theology in the area of chaplaincy. The scholarship funds cover Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Seminar tuition, and room and board to attend the seminar.

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