Rapid Response Team

A ministry of crisis trained volunteer chaplains who deploy in the aftermath of a disaster to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of disaster victims and people in crisis.


Training Events

jack2The Rapid Response Team trains Christian men and women in how to effectively meet the emotional and spiritual needs of those suffering:

Sharing Hope in Crisis Seminar

The one-day Sharing Hope in Crisis (SHIC) seminar is intended for anyone and everyone in the church. All of us know a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who is struggling with a life crisis, and this seminar was developed to help you know what to say and what not to say when people grieve and to compassionately and appropriately share the love and hope of Jesus Christ. This training is also great for counselors, first responders, and church leaders who face suffering people on a more regular basis. Find out more.

March 21, 2015
Calvary Chapel Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

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April 18, 2015
Olive Baptist Church
Pensacola, FL

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May 2, 2015
Christ Church
Rockaway, NJ

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May 16, 2015
Dueber Church
Canton, OH

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May 30, 2015
Calvary Chapel Visalia
Visalia, CA

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June 12, 2015
The Cove
Asheville, NC

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Chaplain Training Conference

This four-day conference offers a choice of several training tracks that will appeal to attendees with different levels of experience. This event will help you prepare for a crisis in your church, community, or family, while you explore opportunities for national deployments in the aftermath of major disasters. The conference also enables you to complete an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) course.

June 8-11, 2015
The Cove
Asheville, NC

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Critical Incident Stress Management Course Locations

Each RRT Chaplain is required to take the SHIC and two of the CISM courses from the list provided. They also are stated in the Chaplain Application Packet.

On-going classes
Living Shield Ministries
Riverside, CA

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On-going classes
The Academy National Institute
Lincolnton, NC

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On-going classes
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

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If you are interested in hosting a seminar, please call the Rapid Response Team at (800) 335-1337 9am-4:30pm EST M-F or email rrt@bgea.org. We encourage churches or organizations to see this as a regional event and invite others to attend.

Sharing Hope in Crisis Online Course

Sharing Hope in Crisis Online CourseThe Sharing Hope in Crisis online course will prepare you to provide emotional and spiritual care to your neighbors, co-workers, and friends during the everyday tragedies of life.

Learn how to share God’s love and comfort with those suffering. You’ll be equipped with practical skills such as understanding trauma, being a good listener, and knowing what—or what not—to say to someone who is grieving.

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Training FAQ

Training FAQHere are some common questions we get about Rapid Response Team training:

Do I have to go to the Cove to get my training?

You can attend the Chaplains Conference in June, but you can also get trained in various locations around the country as well. The Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar, as well as 2 CISM courses are offered in 12-15 cities each year. Online training for Sharing Hope in Crisis is available online.

I’ve had other response training, do I still need the CISM courses?

Yes. While there is other great training, we are committed to this standard for three reasons: it is great training in providing care for those in pain, it is recognized by federal, state and often local jurisdiction and mental health, and the courses that we use do not violate Biblical principle.

If I have previously taken the His Presence in Crisis, do I still need to take the Sharing Hope in Crisis?

Yes, due to the growth of the RRT ministry and the need for ongoing education, we are asking all of our current chaplains to make sure that they have taken the Sharing Hope in Crisis course as well as two CISM courses listed above. Sharing Hope in Crisis is now available online at http://billygrahamonlinetraining.org/sharing-hope-in-crisis/.

What if I can’t find a CISM course in my area?

Please call the RRT office at (800) 335-1337 9am-4:30pm EST M-F and lets us know. We are very interested in making sure that you can get the training if you are working towards being a RRT Chaplain.

Training Testimonies

May I just say personally and from responses and comments; Thank you for bringing not only a meaningful teaching but even more so the inspiration to serve and love our “neighbor” given to all from the heart of a pastor. The topics on the agenda were covered well but of additional significance was the opening of eyes to SEE and the desire in hearts to RESPOND which will have untold application. Thanks for “sharing hope”!
–SHIC Participant, Franklin TN

“I felt the compassion and grace that we learned could be put to good use in most any ministry. The SHIC course had numerous tips to gracefully help those
that were hurting and we have hurting people all around us.”
–Melbourne, FL SHIC Participant

“I felt the conference was very beneficial, the material was useful not only for occasional crisis situations which attract the attention of the national or even international community but also for daily crisis situations which people are experiencing daily.”
–Melbourne, FL SHIC Participant

“This may have been the best training for the local church I’ve witnessed. It was inspirational, educational and motivational. Compassion ministry is a critical pathway for the church today.”
–Pastor attending a New York SHIC seminar

At the undergraduate level, this is the best integration I’ve seen of Biblical principles and approach with crisis intervention.
–Regent University Psychology Professor

Sharing Hope in Crisis not only equipped us for local ministry, but opened up an avenue of ministry for our people to respond nationally with BGEA.
–Cincinnati Care Pastor

The Sharing Hope in Crisis training helped us think through some short term missions concerns and now we are excited about sending our people with BG Rapid Response Team as part of our missions ministry
–San Diego pastor

This is the first time I’ve seen a strong Biblical approach to the Crisis Intervention training that I’ve had over the years. It’s great to bridge the two together!
–Haitian Pastor

Two trained RRT Chaplains are members of the church I pastor. They have been using and sharing their training in the church’s compassion ministry and we’ve seen the hurting find hope in a relationship with Jesus. What an encouragement their training has been to our church family!
–Pastor, Grass Lake, MI