Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Workshop – May 21-25, 2012

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, together with Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM), will host “Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy—Theology and Practice,” on May 21-25 on the Seminary campus. The workshop offers unique accredited training for chaplains, peace officers, and pastors, focusing on effective Christian ministry to and through law enforcement.

Key principles that participants can expect to take away with them after attending the workshop include: understanding law enforcement as vocation (God’s calling); distinguishing and properly applying Law and Gospel and God’s Two Kingdoms within a law enforcement context; addressing practical, legal, historical, cultural and missiological considerations; employing Christian stress management and officer spiritual survival strategies; and identifying characteristics of a competent Christian chaplain. The Department of Homeland Security Course Component fulfills DHS Guidelines for First Responders.

Rev. Frank Ruffatto, executive director and chaplain of POM, will serve as the introductory speaker on Monday morning. Other presenters include Stephanie Abernethy, Michael Dahmer, Chief Daniel Dusseau, Steve Gielda, Chief William Jones, Rev. Steven Lee, Dr. Thomas Mijares, Chad Montgomery, Trisha Norket, and Steven Ruffatto.

Beginning in 2012, “tracks” have been created for prior attendees to build upon previous training and certifications. “Track 2” attendees will only be required to attend from Tuesday morning through Thursday morning. A minimum of 10 attendees must be registered for the Track 2 class to take place.

Registration cost is $410 for first time attendees and $270 for returning attendees. Registration costs include on-campus meals, materials, and CEUs. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come first-served basis. Housing is dormitory style with shared bathrooms and showers. Rooms are on the second floor and are not handicapped accessible. Rates are $40 per night for single or couple and $25 per night for a shared room.

Deadline for registration is May 7. No walk-ins will be accepted.

For more information including a breakdown of fees for all tracks, contact the office of continuing education and parish services at 314-505-7486 or ce@csl.edu; or visit the Seminary’s website at www.csl.edu for a downloadable brochure.

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