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Chaplain Trainings are small working conferences designed for youth and advisors to gain skills centered on the skills needed to effectively listen to, affirm, and emotionally support conferees at youth events. Chaplains are individuals who help manage crises, ensure a healthy and safe atmosphere, and bring spiritual resources and support to the community.

The Chaplain Training focuses on the following:

  • Understanding confidentiality—when to keep and when to break safety concerns
  • Maintaining appropriate personal boundaries (physical, emotional, etc.)
  • Perceiving and responding to the needs of the conference community as a whole
  • Developing communication skills: active listening, non-verbals, etc.
  • Being an empathetic listener, understanding and accepting different emotional situations
  • Working as a team with other chaplains, worship planners, and conference staff
  • Legal and ethical considerations to ensure a safe and healthy conference community
  • Responsible, intentional and culturally appropriate use of worship materials

A Chaplain Training provides huge benefits to both district and local-level leadership. Youth and advisors who have been trained as chaplains are able to take on a vital role at events and meetings. Chaplain trainings also help facilitate personal growth, empowerment and reflection among participants.

Who should attend a Chaplain Training?
Youth who want to serve as Chaplains at any level. Advisors who will support youth chaplains or will serve as Chaplains for youth, themselves. Ministers and pastoral care associates are also encouraged to attend.

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