Learn to be a Chaplain

Learn to provide crisis intervention for groups and individuals and gain skills to address issues including suicide and mental health.

A Ministry of Purpose, Presence, Peace Providing SACRED CARE

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The Challenge

How can we help our pastor when crisis arises? 
How can we reach out to the community outside the walls of our churches? 
Seminaries typically do not train our Pastors in the art of Chaplaincy and personal pastoral care.  Our Pastors have a heart and desire to care for the church and to reach out in mission.  But, there are only so many hours in the day.  Too many people in the pews believe “it’s the Pastor’s job” to do it all…”need to preach better”, “why aren’t you visiting more people and evangelizing”, “more programs for Christmas”, “HELP…my child is on drugs!”, “HELP I lost my job!”, “HELP my wife has cancer!”

The Solution

We believe the CAREForce Practical Chaplaincy program and related Crisis Care programs can meet this great pastoral need.
We’ve caught a vision for helping the faith community to train, equip and empower and release other Church leaders, pastors, and Christ followers to be trained and skilled in S.A.C.R.E.D. Care so as to reach out to those in crisis when they really need help.  By training a Crisis Care Team for each church we are able to expand the pastoral reach to those in need and to help others navigate the storms of life with the Ministry of Purpose, Presence and Peace.

Help Us Equip the Faith Community

We are now raising up teams and trainers to reach the DFW, Houston, San Antonio and Austin Texas areas.  We are working on what we believe to be a sound strategy and an excellent training model that we can duplicate in key metro areas throughout the nation with live training and then with the development of on-demand web based or DVD training with lesson plans for facilitators that we can take worldwide.

Click DONATE to go to our secure donation form. Under Give to a Specific Program, please choose Community Development – Chaplaincy (Steve Neuwoehner).

Meet Steve Neuwoehner

Steven Neuwoehner M.A.R. / Chaplain CAREForce

Steven Neuwoehner M.A.R. / Chaplain CAREForce

Director of Community Development, Grace Center for Spiritual Development

As a businessman and executive, Steve has trained sales and marketing teams for consumer products and durable goods manufactured by domestic and international manufacturers and franchisors for 25+ years.
Steve has served in church leadership for many years.  Most recently, Steve has served over this past decade as a Founding Board Member of a growing church in the DFW area as well as Board President, Vice President and Elder.  Steve has lead training courses in Evangelism, Alpha and coordinated the launch of Care teams in several churches.  Steve has earned a Master of Arts in Religion and close to finalizing his MDiv. Steve is an Ordained Chaplain and member of CAREForce.
As the Director of Community Development, Steve will be developing the strategy and initiate the implementation of the Chaplaincy Institute with the mission to train up Christ followers to become Crisis Care Ministers within the faith Community of Churches and faith based service organizations.  The training will equip Crisis Care Teams to reach out to the community with specialized chaplaincy skills training for the pastors, youth pastors, small group/care leaders, evangelism and intercessory teams and raise up Crisis Care Groups skilled in ministry, then continue with expansion plans to reach into Law Enforcement, First Responders, Veterans, Health Care communities and Schools.

Chaplaincy Institute Core Trainings

The Foundational Course and other important Crisis Care training classes are:
Practical Chaplaincy: Foundational Course (40 Hours)
Skill-Based Training
  • Assisting Individuals in Crisis (16 Hours)
  • Group Crisis Intervention (16 Hours)
Issue-Based Training
  • Suicide TALK (2 Hours)
  • safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone) (4 Hours)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (16 Hours)
  • Mental Health First Aid (16 Hours)

Meet Ken Schlenker

Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker

Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker

Director of Chaplaincy Program, Grace School of Theology

Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker is the founder and President of CAREForcea nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization providing Crisis Training, Response and Organizational Development for community & first-responder organizations. Chaplain Ken is an Expert Witness and Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management, holding board certification in crisis chaplaincy, emergency response and stress management. He serves on the education committee for the International Conference of Police Chaplains and is both a member and trainer. Sr. Chaplain Ken is a Master Trainer for LivingWorks.net, which provides the international standard for suicide intervention with over 2 million individuals trained. Sr. Chaplain Ken attended Level 1-4 of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Master Instructor Development Institute and is the author of the CA POST Law Enforcement Basic Chaplain course. He is a trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and the National Council of Behavioral Health Mental Health First Aid. Chaplain Ken currently serves as the Director and Professor for the School  of Chaplaincy at Grace School of Theology and the Grace Center for Spiritual Development Chaplain Institute located in The Woodlands, TX.

I’m envisioning hundreds of trained and equipped Crisis Care lay ministers throughout the greater Metroplex to bring the love of God as Christ Ambassadors to a hurting world by becoming the first responders sent by the churches and faith community to touch the various needs that arise within the congregations and to the broader community.  Imagine having a network of ecumenical Crisis Care Ministry Teams coordinating across the entire Metroplex and known as the “go to team” for natural disasters, crisis intervention by the church and parachurch organizations reaching into the various secular environments.

Steven Neuwoehner

Director of Community Development, Grace Center for Spiritual Development