NEIGHBOURHOOD CHAPLAINS SCHEME TRAINING
Neighbourhood Chaplains aims to equip and encourage a church team to reach out to people in their local communities with the gospel. We connect churches with communities in new ways. We help tackle loneliness through befriending, and offer practical help towards meeting our neighbour’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We’ve been active during the Covid pandemic providing deliveries to shielded people, and befriending the isolated in socially distanced ways.
Does your church want to find out more about setting up Neighbourhood Chaplains in your area?
Register for the next "Inform and Inspire" Zoom event
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Bible encourages us to go out and visit people in the community, whilst the media tells us there are many needs in society today, including loneliness and isolation.
Neighbourhood Chaplains offers a model of outreach ministry which helps a church go out and meet a recognised need. It’s an opportunity to offer practical, spiritual and emotional support in local communities.
Church Volunteers can choose to be involved in three roles:
lead chaplains: first contact
befrienders: a regular ‘friend’
helping hands team: a practical help
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Through training and scheme membership, churches are equipped to::
Make contact with new people in the community
Deepen community links opening opportunities for the Gospel
Offer practical support and help to those in need
What you get for Team Training - £150 per team
Minimum team size 3-4
During the two-module training course, Team members will learn:
● The Aims of the scheme
● Biblical models for mission
● Understanding the gospel
● Listening skills
● How people come to faith
● How to share faith confidently and appropriately
● How to pray and network more effectively
● Safe practice
The programme also includes Delegate's Workbooks and sample tracts.
If you want to launch your scheme, a Team Handbook giving guidance and procedures for your sponsoring church is provided on becoming a Scheme Member.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"There is no greater gift than giving someone your time... Neighbourhood Chaplains is a brilliant opportunity for outreach within our community. It gives an open door to talk about ‘things that really matter’. I would encourage anyone with some free time to make a difference in the community and get their church involved with this amazing initiative."
Beverley Bedford, Counties Training Officer
"Neighbourhood Chaplains has the potential to be the single most significant way for your local church to connect with your community, particularly with those who are lonely and hurting. It brings together acts of love and kindness with the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus."
Martin Erwin, CEO Counties
Cinnamon Network recommends Neighbourhood Chaplains because we "offer best practice, tried and tested initiatives that churches can replicate easily and quickly."