Program Graduates 31 Students for RV Resort Ministry
Editor's Note: The following story and photo were provided by Bob Ruesch, senior chaplain of Christian Resort Ministries. The program works with RV resorts in nine states placing chaplains and assisting with non-denominational church services. This year the program sponsored its first Chaplain University, graduating 31 chaplains who will be placed in RV resorts.
Christian Resort Ministries international recently graduated 31 students who are now endorsed and qualified for service in RV parks in the United States.
Classes were held at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo.
“We were honored to bring into focus excellent teaching and training for our chaplain candidate class,” said Dennis Maloney, general director.
The course structure covered many topics including support raising, pastoral care, counseling issues, living in an RV resort and the cyber, technical issues and challenges of working in the field, along with chaplain’s use of spiritual gifting and ministry to persons of different faith and backgrounds, to name a few. Each day was opened with a devotional time offered by Dr. Dan Griffin, who teaches seminary extension courses in the Missouri area.
Other facility members were Dr. Dan Brezavar, senior pastor of Church of the Harvest in Branson, and Dennis Maloney, and general director of CRM international.
Christian Resort Ministries requires chaplains to meet specific standards to qualify for service in the resort ministry. Lay chaplains, who apply to CRM international for assignment without Bible School, are required to complete 30 hours of training within their first 18 months which includes classes titled Life of Christ, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Missions, The Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Pastoral Care, The Book of Acts, three other book studies as electives and either Anthropology or Bible Archeology.
Other training can be classroom, correspondence or extension. New chaplains receive 40 hours of hands-on chaplaincy developed by the Baptist General Convention of Texas with an additional 12 hours of division specific chaplaincy training taught by division managers at Chaplain University. There is a six-hour continuing education piece required annually. In addition, chaplains are trained in NOVA disaster response, ASIST Suicide Intervention training, and CISM first responder intervention.
“We are aware of the need of excellence when working with other businesses, and we strive to bring qualified excellence to the table as we offer a Chaplain Program to campground resorts across America," said Maloney. "In today’s litigated world, you need to have a professional posture and presence in the volunteers we offer for service.”
“We want our chaplains to be equipped to be the finest they can be and be able to bring the word of the saving grace of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know and who know Him. Let's face it, time is short, eternity is forever – if we are not doing the labor of the Lord now, when do we do this work,” Maloney stated. “Jesus clearly states, in Acts 1:8, we need to be His witness in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Resort ministry in RV parks, campgrounds and resorts spans all the requirements in the Acts passage.”
Chaplain University offers a three-phase teaching process over three years and presented in the Branson area each year in September. Further information on CRM international and Chaplain University can be obtained by visiting www.crmintl.org.