|CHAPLAIN RESOURCE INDEX|
|— WELCOME CHAPLAIN|
|— THE ROLE OF CHAPLAIN|
|— THE MINISTRY OF CHAPLAINCY|
|— GRIEF: CARING FOR THOSE THAT HURT|
|— MINISTERING TO THE SICK|
|— PRAYING WITH A PATIENT|
|— BASIC LISTENING SKILLS|
|— WHEN GOD SHOWS UP|
|— COMMON SENSE EVANGELISM|
|— CONVERSION BY CONCUSSION|
|— STANDARDS FOR BIKER CHAPLAINS|
Welcome to the National Black Sheep Chaplains Resources site.
We are not a single Black Sheep Chapter, but rather, a collection of Chaplains from many Black Sheep Chapters worldwide. We are called to minister to all, to serve all, and to pray for anyone, anywhere, anytime!
You are an important member of a very important group within Black Sheep. Your role is one of specialized ministry within the larger ministry of Black Sheep HarleyDavidsons for Christ. You may have been a chaplain for a period of time already, or you may have been newly appointed, but in either case, you will discover, or have already discovered, that doing the job is more than just saying a prayer at chapter meetings:
• It’s a real challenge.
• It’s a journey ... or voyage of discovery.
• It takes energy, wisdom, commitment.
• It involves understanding, listening, sharing, supporting.
• It’s being creative, using initiative.
• It’s having a heart for the people you serve.
• It’s having a heart for God and the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Chaplains play an important part in the lives of people, from those who need immediate spiritual guidance to those that just need a friend. Are you willing to journey with people, right where they are, and demonstrate by word and deed the love of God? You should be.
Tell the National Chaplain you exist!
He would love to hear from you.
The Role of Chaplain
Job Description: (taken from the Black Sheep bylaws)
a. Gives prayer its proper place in chapter activities.
b. Oversees spiritual care and instruction for the local chapter.
c. Calls, emails or visits the sick and the wounded.
d. Utilizes the spiritual gifts and talents of others.
e. Maintains contact with the national chaplain.
What is a Chaplain?
by JW “Bear” Gardner
The term chaplain refers to a clergy person or layperson who has been commissioned by a faith group or an organization, e.g., Black Sheep HDFC, to provide pastoral services to an institution, organization or government entity, as well as one-on-one contacts in the public venue. Chaplaincy refers to the general activity performed by a chaplain, which may include crisis ministry, counseling, worship, prayer, weddings, funerals, education, help in ethical decision-making, hospital visitation, clergy contact, and community or church coordination.
For the purposes of Black Sheep HDFC, a chaplain is a person (1) called by God, and (2) appointed to the chaplaincy by the president of his or her local Black Sheep chapter to serve in a specialized ministry. A chaplain is different than a minister, clergy or layperson. A chaplain is one who is called upon to serve in a pluralistic environment, one that most clergies do not have to worry about. He or she is “on loan” by BSHDFC to serve a particular group of people or any individual for the purpose of service. As a regular member of BSHDFC, after God, family and church, our ministry focus is to the members of Harley Owners Group (HOG) worldwide. As a chaplain within BSHDFC, our ministry focus is whoever needs our services or friendship, period.
As chaplain’s we are representatives of the Lord God; called, anointed and appointed to be a servant to the people of God. This appointment is not only to serve those who love and follow Jesus but also to serve in the spirit of Christ. We provide pastoral care & ministry to persons of no religion, to persons of religious bodies other than ours, and we do it with the same investment we would give members of our own religious body.
A chaplain is a person who is called by God to maintain a disciplined life and ministry. As chaplains, we must constantly seek to improve our ministry. We are to be examples and demonstrate Christ-Like qualities that would cause others to see Christ within us. We must never compromise our religious beliefs or practices and must reach beyond our own understanding and seek to be effective servants of God.
The Ministry of Chaplaincy
By JW “Bear” Gardner
The chaplain ministers not to a congregation, but to the public at-large. The people who make up this community may wear motorcycle leathers and cuts with club patches on their backs, hospital gowns, hard hats, badges, or inmate orange-glow jumpsuits.
Like the Apostle Paul, chaplains are generally “tent-makers”; they usually have jobs in addition to their ministries. But that is acceptable to chaplains, for serving in such “non-ministry” roles puts them in places where people — people with needs who ordinarily would never darken the doors of a church (much less talk to a minister) — come to talk and interact with the chaplain. The chaplain is there to listen, care, and respond appropriately to the agenda of the client. Chaplaincy is a ministry of presence and availability. Such is the ministry of chaplaincy.
There are issues of confidentiality in your role as chaplain, both in terms of pastoral support, passing along prayer requests and in keeping records.
• Whatever is told to a chaplain, in the course of pastoral support, must be treated with respect and kept confidential. The chaplain must seek specific consent of the person, if it might seem appropriate, to pass on any personal information to anyone else. This includes prayer requests from the person you are ministering to if you intend to pass them on to anyone else. Personal information given in pastoral support is given in trust; that trust must not be abused, even accidentally. For example, even to pray for someone by name, in the presence of even one other person, breaks confidentiality rules unless they have asked or given their consent to others being aware of their needs and praying for them. Prayer requests sent to the National Chaplain are assumed to have been cleared by permission given.
• If a chaplain cannot give an assurance of complete confidentiality, they must be honest with the person as early as possible in their pastoral relationship. If, for example, the chaplain is under some obligation to pass on to some other person, e.g. Law Enforcement, information about drugs, child abuse, or intended suicide, then honesty requires that person to be informed, so that they know what will happen if they give the chaplain any such information, before they do so.
• Any notes made by a chaplain must also be kept secure and confidential. It is not normally necessary to keep personal information such as name, address, phone number, etc. The notes should have only an individual identification number and date. Records should be kept in secure places to protect individual identity and confidentiality. Nowadays we are storing much more information on computer and it is imperative that any personal information is stored in a secure way. This practice is crucially important when the computer is shared with others. Even though we may not store records on a computer, we may well use e-mail or the word-processor function to write up notes. Computers have useful ways of temporarily saving information; it is important that these are not vulnerable to unauthorized viewing of personal information.
Always remember what you have learned. Your education is your life---guard it well. (Proverbs 4:13 GNB)
To be effective as a chaplain you need the proper training. Black Sheep HDFC has teamed up with BikerChaplain.com to provide a study program that will give you the necessary tools to do the best possible job you can. The course of study is available as Online Course materials for those of you that are connected and up to date, technically speaking. For those of you that are “Old School”, the program of study is available as a Printed Correspondence Course and utilizes the USPS for getting your quizzes graded. Either program will cost you $99.00 for the complete term of study, which can last up to a maximum of one year.
You can find them @ www.BikerChaplain.com
By Marty Edwards
In motorcycle ministry, there are many unfortunate events that give an opportunity for ministry. Most of us are not professional counselors, but all of us can extend a hand of concern and all of us can say a prayer. We only get into trouble when we (a) do nothing at all or (b) do and say too much out of ignorance.
Grief Defined and Observed
Basically, grief is the natural, human response to significant loss. People will experience and express their grief in unique and different ways. No two people or two losses are the same. Some elements that are responsible for people grieving differently include gender, age, cultural and religious beliefs. The bikers “sub-culture” will add its own unique spin on what grief looks like and how it is to be dealt with.
We must be able to discern the symptoms of grief: (www.stages-of grief-recovery.com)
Physical Symptoms of Grief:
Disturbances in sleep patterns, fatigue, restlessness, nausea, pain & tension in the body, decreased immune system, difficulty stopping activity, inactivity, unusual clumsiness
Emotional Symptoms of Grief:
Crying, sadness, fear & anxiety, numbness, and/or emptiness,
loneliness, anger, helplessness, irritability, a sense of observing
yourself, guilt, reduced confidence, lowered self-esteem, loss of
interest in previously enjoyed activities
Cognitive Manifestations of Grief:
slowed thinking or processing, difficulty making decisions, mental
confusion, daydreams or flashbacks, talking to the deceased loved
a sense of closeness to God, a sense of distance from God, anger at God, isolation from one's spiritual community, sensing the deceased loved one's presence
Social Manifestations of Grief:
isolation/withdrawal, preoccupation with one's own feelings and
needs to the exclusion of others', marital or relationship stress, loss
of interest in sex, impatience with others who are also grieving the
same loss due to different grieving styles
The Five Stages of Grief
The Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief that most of us have heard of before come from Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ book, On Death and Dying. KüblerRoss describes five stages of dying that begin when a patient learns he or she has a terminal illness. In her final book, On Grief and Grieving, Kübler-Ross simply substituted the term “five stages of loss” and “stages of grief” for her previous “stages of dying.”
Denial. “This can’t be happening to me.” When the news first
comes that a loved one has died, those left behind often feel a
sense of shock or difficulty taking in the news. This is especially
true if one was not present at the time of death. An unexpected
death, such as by an accident, can be especially difficult to
comprehend. Some grievers admit to entertaining the thought in
their minds that their deceased spouse or loved one is “on a
business trip” in order to get through the responsibilities of the
Anger is not a universal experience for those going through a loss.
In Kübler-Ross’ final work there is evidence to suggest that she
carried a great deal of anger throughout her life that she did not
deal with until her later years. Many people are sad about the loss
of their loved one and never angry about it.
Bargaining may be a common characteristic of those who
discover they have a terminal disease. They bargain with promises
to God in exchange for, hopefully, more time on earth. However,
this does not apply to those grieving a loss of a loved one. Those
left behind know that there is nothing they can offer that will bring
back their loved one from the grave.
Depression is an interesting label. Many of the symptoms
common to depression occur for those who are grieving a loss.
There may be difficulty concentrating, a lack of energy or
motivation, change in eating or sleeping habits and sadness.
However, when the symptoms are due to the normal human
reaction to loss, they should not be labeled as depression. The
exception would be someone who is clinically depressed before the
loss occurs, will likely to be clinically depressed and need
profession treatment after the loss. Grief is the normal reaction to
the loss of a relationship or significant attachment.
Acceptance. While there are issues of acceptance that must be
addressed for the bereaved to heal their heart and move into
peace, joy and happiness in their life, this is not a stage that all
those who grieve will automatically pass through. Acceptance
involves a choice to take a realistic look at the good and bad of the
relationship and address the emotions that are involved in these
A grieving person may take a few moments or a few weeks to go
through on of these stages. Grief is like a long dark tunnel. It can be
traveled quickly or slowly depending on the person. The important
thing, however, is that they eventually come out of the tunnel. Our job
is to love and pray them through their process.
Do’s and Don’t of Helping Others
1. Support, but don’t fix. As much as you may like to, you may not be able to make a sick person well and you likely cannot raise the dead. If someone has lost a home, you can’t buy them a new one either. Your job is to love, pray, hold hands and in a few cases give truth and direction. If someone’s condition is over beyond your expertise, “refer” to a professional.
2. Listen more than you talk. We want to help so badly, that we are likely to talk too much; telling stories and giving advice. Talking is just another form of “fixing.” Don’t do it! It’s much better to get them to talk by asking them short questions.bw
3. Avoid cliché’s, Christianese and quick, easy answers. Romans 8:28 is certainly true! “All things [DO] work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” But that’s not necessarily the best thing to say to someone who has just lost a friend or loved one in a motorcycle accident. “It’s going to be alright!” may not make a lot of sense to a woman who has just lost her child, for, in truth, she may never be the same.
Dumb things people say…
“You’re young enough to have another child“ (or marry again).
“I know exactly how you feel.” "It could have been worse..."
“Be thankful you have another daughter”
“He’s in a better place.”
“Be grateful you had him for as long as you did.”
“God must have needed another angel in heaven.”
“That’s not nearly as bad as when my mother died…” (i.e. comparing losses)
4. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” People ask a lot of hard questions when they are grieving. “Why did God allow this to happen?” and“ Is my husband going to be in Heaven?” If you don’t know the answer either say so or tell them what you DO know, such as, “God is good and knows exactly what you’re going through right now.
5. Grief does not go away in a day. We described grief as a “tunnel.” Some tunnels are longer than others and some people travel faster than others. It is highly unlikely that someone is going to show measurable growth from your one visit. You will more likely be one link in the chain of love and encouragement that will come their way. When tragedy strikes, people are often flooded with well-meaning visits. But what about a week…and a month…and a year later? The anniversary of a tragedy can bring back a wave of grief that someone thought was healed. Truth is, healing is recognized by fewer and less traumatic times of pain with occasional “flare ups.” In time, the bad memories are replaced more often by the good memories – but it takes time.
Ministering to the Sick
Excerpts from the Pastoral Care Training Course given by Dr. Simon Harrison
Some “Do’s and Don’ts” in ministering to the sick and making patient calls in the hospital:
1) If you have a cold, a sore throat, the flu, or anything else that is catching, stay home. People in the hospital don’t need the complications of these diseases in addition to the conditions they already have.
2) Be careful about your appearance, cleanliness, and smell (avoid cologne or perfume).
3) Check at the volunteers' information desk for the location of the patient and directions. Be careful to observe visiting hours and all rules of the hospital.
4) You will be entering the patient's bedroom as a guest. Be in prayer for the patient before you go to visit and offer to pray during the visit. You may ask, "What specific things can I pray for. How can I pray for you?"
5) Be sensitive to their privacy. Often there are several patients in a room; be sensitive to them as well.
6) Always consult the nurses when a patient's curtain is pulled, the door is closed, or there are isolation signs on the door about wearing a gown, mask, and gloves, before entering.
7) If the patient is sleeping, do not wake him. Patients should not be visited right after surgery.
8) Enter the room quietly, seriously, but smiling. Be calm and settled, not rushed. Look the person in the eyes.
9) Don't sit on or shake the bed. Don't touch the IV machine or tubes.
10) Limit the time of your visit so you don't fatigue the patient, but don't keep looking at your watch.
11) Many patients will appreciate a gentle touch or holding of the hand, especially during prayer, but don't squeeze the hand with an IV.
12) Most patients appreciate being given a booklet if they are able to see it. If distributing literature, be sure to read it first yourself, and make sure it is acceptable for the patient before giving it.
13) Your presence is what matters. It’s not about saying the right thing or about saying something profound or about having answers to difficult questions. It’s about being present with someone who’s going through a difficult season, and letting your presence demonstrate your caring and love for them. And about showing the love of God for them by doing so. Express love, and genuine interest in the patient.
14) The patient will generally like to discuss their sickness and other needs if asked. You should listen more than speak. Listen to their stories instead. You’re there for them, not for you. Listening is the greatest gift we can give someone, especially when they’re in the midst of a difficult season. So just ask questions, listen and be curious, and bless them.
15) The patient may complain about the medical treatment they are receiving. Don't say anything that would undermine the staff's authority or expertise.
16) You want to encourage the patients, so don't bring bad news about the world. The patient may want, however, to talk about the news. Men often enjoy talking about their work. Women often enjoy talking about their family.
17) If you don't know the patient's spiritual condition, ask! But don't argue or theologize. Don't carry a large Bible. If the person is unsaved share the Gospel using Scripture and/or your testimony and a non-threatening Gospel tract.
18) Accept any interruptions of your visit from doctors, staff, or family. Often there will be opportunities to visit and minister to the family.
Some suggestions for comfort and support with a terminal patient:
1) Be honest in sharing your feelings. Admit your helplessness and concern.
2) Don't be shocked by whatever the dying person may say.
3) Try to anticipate physical needs without being told.
4) Don't stop being a comforter when the patient accepts his impending death, or when others begin to avoid the patient.
5) If the person is saved, talk about Heaven and the Lord's presence. Always have hope, look forward to something.
Praying With A Patient
An excerpt from “Making Hospital Visits” by Jim Hughes
I am convinced that praying is the most important thing I do. I’ve lived long enough, been through enough life experiences, to understand that I’m not in control. Further, I’ve learned that I’m helpless to fix all the things that are broken, that are wrong, in this life. But through prayer, I can connect to the One who is in control and who has the ability to fix broken things: broken bodies, broken hearts, broken relationships, broken whatever. Prayer is simply the way I deal with life, whether its joys or its disappointments or its unfairness. So when I visit people in the hospital, I love to pray with them, to bring their desires that have become my desires to the God who cares and who can do something about them. But before I do, I ask two questions:
1. “Would it be okay if I prayed with you?” You see, not everyone is comfortable praying, or it may just not be the right time, or they may not feel well enough at the moment. I want to give them the opportunity to say no if that’s their desire, and if they do, I honor it.
2. If they indicate they would like to pray, I ask what they’d like to pray for. You see, my guess from our conversation might not be accurate. Plus, there are often things that are weighing on them that may not have come up that they’d like to include. Then, if they’ve agreed, and after I understand what they’d like included, I word a prayer that includes to the best of my ability what we’ve talked about. That’s the most common style of prayer from my faith tradition, and the one most of the folks I visit are most comfortable with. You might choose to handle praying with a patient differently depending on your faith tradition and your level of comfort. Sometimes simply praying the Lord’s Prayer together is perfect. Regardless of how you handle it, praying with someone you visit in the hospital is often the most powerful part of your visit, the time when you feel most connected, the time when most healing occurs. And that just seems right.
BASIC LISTENING SKILLS
An excerpt from “Making Hospital Visits” by Jim Hughes
Becoming a good listener is a life-long quest. It requires effort, focus, and mastery of skills. All of us can become better listeners if we work at it. Listening in a way so that we really comprehend what the other person is trying to communicate and so that they feel heard is challenging. There are lots of reasons for that:
1. The words actually spoken reveal only a small part of the message.
2. The tone in which they are spoken and the body language with which they are spoken including the facial expressions actually convey most of the message.
3. All of us tend to only communicate partial messages in conversation. Getting the rest of the message requires questioning, clarification, and other conversational interchanges.
4. Actual communication is taking place on multiple levels. If we’re just tuned into the surface level, we miss the most important part of what’s being said.
Here are five basic listening skills that will carry you a long way:
1. Rapport Building is establishing an emotional connection of trust at the outset of a conversation. Smiling, maintaining eye contact, and synchronizing your body language and pace of your speech to the other person help enhance rapport.
2. Paraphrase is saying back to the speaker in your own words what you heard the speaker say. Paraphrase helps you be sure that what you heard is what the speaker meant to say, and it conveys to the speaker that you’re really interested. It’s the “What I heard you say was…” tool.
3. Asking productive questions invites the person to provide information they would like to share, helps fill in missing information, and check out possible distortions. Curiosity is your biggest asset here. It’s also one of the primary ways we show the person that we’re interested in them.
4. Behavior description (body movement, physical changes, or tone of voice, as well as actual verbal quotes) helps you distinguish between what you are inferring and what the person is saying. For example, if someone says “I’m fine,” but they’re tearing up as they say it, saying “I heard you say that you’re fine, but your tears suggest that there may be more going on,” provides an opportunity to go deeper by giving them permission to speak freely.
5. Perception check is a way of testing your perception (guess) about what you believe the speaker is feeling. Making a perception check lets the speaker know that you are sensitive to their inner emotional condition. Since you’re just guessing, always phrase your statement tentatively. “I’m guessing that based on what you’ve told me that you’re feeling pretty discouraged. Is that close?”
WHEN GOD SHOWS UP
An excerpt from “Making Hospital Visits” by Jim Hughes
Interesting things happen when you make hospital visits, things that are not easily explained by skill, or preparation, or knowledge, or planning. For no good reason, you start in the middle of the list instead of at the top, and that person says, “You showed up at just the perfect moment because…”
Without any forethought or knowledge, you ask a question or make a remark, and the person you’re visiting says, “Wow, it’s amazing that you said that! I’ve been thinking about that all day.”
You sit down in the cafeteria for a quick lunch and end up striking up a conversation with someone at the next table. She pours out her heart to you about her troubles, and says, “I haven’t had anyone to talk about this with.”
You see, none of us are good enough to make those kinds of things happen on a regular basis. Maybe by chance something like that could happen once in a lifetime. When it happens repeatedly, you need an explanation.
Here’s mine. Someone bigger, wiser, and more knowledgeable than we are has become involved. Jesus made this seemingly outrageous claim one day: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20) And He is.
©2009, James W. Hughes. All rights reserved. Originally published at http://difficultseasons.com
COMMON SENSE EVANGELISM
If you have the ability to stand on a street corner and preach the Gospel and see people come to Christ, that’s awesome! I don’t have that gift. For every one "John the Baptist” there are a thousand Matthews who know how to “have a party” and make friends. Here’s a few common sense tips to help make it easier to share Jesus with a friend:
1. Start by knowing that the Holy Spirit is far more interested in the lost than you or I will ever be. It’s His power in us to speak and His power in our friends, preparing their hearts before we ever get there and His timing that makes it all work.
2. Look for neutral ground. Look for that place and opportunity where it’s not Christians vs. non-Christian, but rather just people with a common interest. In our case, the most obvious scenario includes motorcycles, but it could also be your child’s soccer team or Rotary. Jesus was “a friend of sinners.” He could be found at a wedding or down by the seashore. We Christians need to get out more; out of so many Bible studies and into the presence of sinners. We need to be in the world but never of the world.
3. Expect that IF you pray and IF you prepare and IF you follow some of the next few steps that you will indeed be used by God to lead someone to Christ. When I go fishing or hunting or even shopping I EXPECT to come home with the goods. I’m not real big into “positive confession” but there is a lot to be said about expectations being reached. A little positive thinking never hurt anyone! That’s not to say that you have failed if you have shared Christ and people have not responded. But so many times I believe that deep down inside we’re not really ready for that opportunity to pray with someone and the Spirit knows that and so He doesn’t send us anyone. We’re like the five-year-old t-ball player out in center field playing with the butterflies instead of anticipating the pop-flies! The Bible tells us to “prepare your minds for action!”
4. Be willing to INVEST your time into people. You don’t have to meet them and convert them in the same day! People are worth loving and spending time on. Get to know them. Get to know their families. Care about them as people first. “While we were still sinners Christ died for us” knowing full well that some would be lost causes.
Taken from the December ’02 Black Sheep HDFC Members Only newsletter
Conversion by Concussion
By Brennan Manning
“The ministry of evangelism is an extraordinary opportunity of showing gratitude to Jesus by passing on His gospel of grace to others. However, the ‘conversion by concussion’ method with one sledgehammer blow of the Bible after another betrays a basic disrespect for the dignity of the other and is utterly alien to the gospel imperative to bear witness. To evangelize a person is to say to him or her; you, too, are loved by God in the Lord Jesus. And not only to say it but to really think it and relate it to the man or woman so they can sense it. This is what it means to announce the Good News. But that becomes possible by offering a person your friendship; a friendship that is real, unselfish, without condescension, full of confidence, and profound esteem.”
I have one more word on being a friend to sinners. If you try too hard, they will see through you. And the way they know that it’s all a part of the evangelism game is when we press for the close. My first year out of college I sold cars to pay off my student loans. I did well because I wasn’t a “salesman.” I applied for the job because I genuinely liked the car that I was driving and thought that I could sell them – and I could! In fact, I was “Salesman of the Month” for the first four months in a row because my enthusiasm for the product was genuine. How enthusiastic for “the product” are you? Are you enjoying your relationship with Jesus? Is He changing your life day by day? Because, if He’s not and if it’s all about getting some stranger to say the sinner’s prayer, then we will fail before we begin. It’s about loving others with the love that is in us supplied by Jesus Christ. And it might take awhile – weeks, months, even years – but people are worth it!
Editorial: It’s what we’ve been saying all along as a strategy for ministry. Like Jesus, we must become “a friend of sinners.” True, like Jesus, we will receive criticism from some, which is all the more reason why we must live in integrity! We must be accountable to another brother or sister, minister in pairs, and make sure that our own lives are free from the appearance of all evil.
Taken from the February ’03 Black Sheep HDFC Member’s Only Newsletter
STANDARDS FOR BIKER CHAPLAINS
The Biblical Expectations of a Biker Chaplain
Those who are called to the higher level of service that Chaplaincy represents are held to a higher standard. As Biker Chaplains we are called to be present with those in need of spiritual care. In effect, to come alongside them in their need, listen and extend the love of God in our support of an individual, family or group.
In Hebrews 6:10-12 we are inspired to show the love of Christ to all;
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
As Chaplains, we commit to strive to
live according to the standards God has placed upon us. We understand that we bear a great privilege and a grave responsibility. We have been called by God to fulfill that role in our world. We commit to God, to our church, to our spiritual leaders, and to those whom we serve that we will be faithful and reliable in fulfilling our high calling as Chaplains of God’s Love & Truth.
BIKER CHAPLAINS UNDERSTAND THAT GOD REQUIRES US TO:
(Heb. 13:7, 1 Tim. 1:3-7, 1 Tim. 4:11-16)
Understand we are:
SPIRITUALLY CALLED (1 Cor 1:26-31)
“EQUIPPABLE” SERVANTS (Eph. 4:11-13, Romans 12:6-18)
SOUND DOCTRINE (2 Tim 4:3, Titus 1:9)
PASSIONATE AWE of Scripture (2 Tim 3:16-17)
RELIABLE LEADERSHIP (Luke 9:46-48)
As a Biker Chaplain you must have an Imitatable Faith.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith (HEB. 13:7).
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work-which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm (1 TIM. 1:3-7).
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 TIM. 4:11-16).
As Chaplains, we must live out our faith in our everyday lives. It is what our church calls Lifestyle Christianity. Having an “imitatable” faith means that we: have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; live and practice what we advocate in our hearts, homes, church, and world; regularly attend worship; spend time daily with God in prayer and reading of His Word; support our church through our service, unity, and giving; actively share the Gospel with those who do not know Christ; and love all people.
A Biker Chaplain must understand and
embrace that we are Spiritually Called.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Cor 1:26-31)
Ours is a unique calling. Few of us would be counted by the world’s standards as being fit for serving as Chaplains. Being a Chaplain requires understanding that our calling will put us in contact with others in just about every walk of life. We, too, must work out that calling, as it will test every Christian Fiber within us.
Our calling is to be compassionate and caring stewards of God’s love. We may be asked to preach or teach, but we will most commonly be called on just to be present with others in times of need.
A Biker Chaplain must be an Equippable Servant.
He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (EPH. 4:11-14).
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his [a] faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it
is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
[b] Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (ROMANS 12:6-18)
As Chaplains, we must be willing to submit ourselves to be trained and equipped to become better servants and shepherds of those we serve and those we meet. Through our knowledge, we equip others for their works of service; and likewise, we must be willing to be trained. This means that we must: always be lifelong learners of the Word of God; actively participate in training and spiritual growth opportunities available to us.
We should continually seek other’s knowledge and apply every good teaching God brings our way to our service; constantly vigilant, seeking new tools and concepts to improve our Chaplaincy.
ADHERE TO SOUND DOCTRINE
As a Biker Chaplain we must adhere to Sound Doctrine.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9)
As Chaplains, we serve primarily for the opportunity to see lives transformed by the Truth of God’s Word. We are responsible for knowing, teaching, and guarding the Truth, and we recognize our accountability to God to impart the true doctrines from His Word.
In order to be servants of what is in accord with sound doctrine, we must:
(a) believe the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(b) understand the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(c) be able to communicate the sound doctrine of Scripture;
(d) live the sound doctrine of Scripture in our own lives.
… by actively seeking to;
PASSIONATE AWE OF SCRIPTURE
As a Biker Chaplain we must maintain a Passionate Awe of Scripture.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." We are told that the Bible is not only the words of God, but it has great benefit to us. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
As Chaplains, we have an awesome privilege and responsibility of passing on eternal truths to the hearts and minds of other people. It is a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly or with minimal effort on our part.
We are committed to preparing ourselves for service to others: with thoroughness, with high standards; with prayer; surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit giving God glory and honor through our preparation and service.
A Biker Chaplain must provide Reliable Leadership.
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest. (Luke 9:46-48).
As Chaplains, we are the leaders and shepherds of many we come in contact with without ever realizing that their only exposure to Christian living is in the example we set. We have a responsibility to be reliable in our service to them and in our responsibilities as servants. As reliable leaders, we must:
(a) identify and mentor others to become “reliable” leaders as well;
(b) be prepared to serve at a moment’s notice;
(c) be prepared to lead, teach, speak or support others with the Word of God;
(d) be aware that every interaction may be the only chance you will get to show the love of God;
(e) lead by serving first, understanding that everything you do is being watched by others and you are being judged by them at all times.
Taken from the Chaplain Standards Information Booklet published by: www.BikerChaplain.com
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Unity of the Spirit in Christian Motorcycle Ministries
12 Steps to Unity
We must rejoice over unity as a precious gift from God, while protecting it as a valued treasure. A lot of us have personal experience with a 12-step program and have found value in doing the steps. I'd like to present these 12 steps to Unity, practical ways we must commit ourselves to for insuring the unity of the Spirit in and between our respective ministries:
1. I will recognize the call and gifts from God in all of my fellow biker brothers and sisters in Christ, Black Sheep or other M/M’s alike.
2. I will exercise vigilance over our unity, guarding it with the same fervor that our Lord showed in praying for our unity as disciples.
3. I will commit to speaking well of my Black Sheep brothers and sisters in Christ, and will publicly express appreciation for them as well as all Christian M/M’s. They are my ministry teammates, whatever their affiliation.
4. I will pray diligently and fervently for the blessing of God upon my teammates, Black Sheep or other M/M’s alike.
5. I will affirm the co-equal importance of planting, watering and supporting ministries.
6. I will shoulder responsibility for the ministry assigned to me, and at the same time exercise prayerful concern for the organization's ministry in its entirety.
7. I understand and accept that in the 'heat of battle" there will be misunderstandings, conflicts and offenses.
8. I will deal with offenses promptly and appropriately with compassion, understanding and love.
9. I will listen intently in order to understand the other person's perspective.
10. I will avoid judging the motives of a fellow Black Sheep or other M/M’s, because I cannot see my brother or sister's heart.
11. I will forgive others on the team without hesitation or precondition, knowing that I, too, will need frequent forgiveness for my offenses.
12. I will commit myself to becoming better acquainted with my teammates, Black Sheep and other M/M’s alike. Jesus Himself said that believers and non-believers alike are watching, and our love for each other is the evidence that our faith is real.
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International Chaplain: JW "Bear" Gardner
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