NEIGHBOURHOOD CHAPLAINS SCHEME TRAINING
Neighbourhood Chaplains aims to equip and encourage a church team to reach out to people in their local communities. 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 three-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, from Grosvenor Church Barnstaple and 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."
Cinnamon Micro-Grants of £2,000 are available in some areas to help churches start recommended projects like Neighbourhood Chaplains
Frequently asked questions
What does my church get for Scheme Membership?
Neighbourhood Chaplains branded Uniform purchases
Fantastic range of Neighbourhood Chaplains branded greeting cards for purchase. Each with a printed greeting and space to add your own details.
Gospel Tracts, contact cards and books to give away
Access for the Team Leader to:
An annual updating service for your Team Handbook
A private forum to solve the real day-to-day problems you're facing
On confirmation of standing order payment, the Team will be given a unique user and password to our website members area for members-only resources and purchases. And the Team Leader will be invited to join the private forum and access the Counties Support Team.
How do I log in to the Scheme Members area?
If your application for Scheme Membership is successful, we will send you a user and password. Keep that login and use it to access the Scheme members area.
Can I transfer my Scheme Membership to another church?
We would love it if you could, but use is for the church registered only. If you want to invite some other church in place of you, contact the Counties support team directly via email and we'll set it up that way. Please allow 48hrs for response Mon-Fri.
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What is the Neighbourhood Chaplains Team Training course?
The Team course is a live Q and A group video meeting hosted by Counties with guest speakers. It has three sessions with a Delegates Workbook and a Team Handbook, on which the course is based. The Team Handbook comes with guidance and procedures. Printed delegate's workbooks and one Team handbook will be posted to the Team Leader along with a bonus resource.
Is the training course on-demand?
Is the training course designed for my entire team?
The course primarily seeks to train a Team, so we encourage the Team Leader to invite all your team members. Lead chaplains, befrienders and helping hands team members will benefit from the gospel principles highlighted. Many of the examples focus on church issues. This is primarily because most speakers are sharing from their own experiences. However, even when we are speaking of churches, the principles apply to Neighbourhood Chaplains from any organisation or denomination.