Adventist chaplains help thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency first responders navigate difficult work circumstances. Gary Councell explains.
When you see a police officer, do you think of them as one of God’s ministers? The Apostle Paul in Romans 13 tells us God established them as His servants. The thin blue line of men and women who serve and protect their neighbors and communities from harm daily perform challenging and difficult tasks while facing the possibility of personal injury or death. Who ministers to the policeman or woman who has just investigated an accident with severely injured or broke up a domestic, drunken disturbance, or pulled a body from the river? These traumatic events affect emergency first responders. Chaplains to law enforcement agency personnel are there to assist and support those who protect and defend. Nearly thirty Adventist ministers, including four denominational leaders, serve the greater community as police chaplains. Last year nearly 200 law enforcement officers were killed performing their duties. It matters not how they died, but how they lived and what they lived for. If you are called to serve beyond the four walls of your church, contact Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries about how you can become a chaplain in your community.