God's call to the chaplain ministry is multi-faceted in that all who are called serve all socio-economic groups, ages, races and cultures. The "Hands on Ministry" curriculum is written in such a way as to show who, what, where, when, why and how of chaplaincy; and to provide the how of insightful spiritual help to any and all people.


The curriculum, when absorbed by a participant, enables the volunteer chaplain to deal with his or her experiences of being on front lines of service in practically any environment, and helps them embrace the pastoral, prophetic and priestly roles of a chaplain. Required training for each student includes 30 hours of basic curriculum, plus 12 hours contextual training. Cost of the program is $125.00, which includes the workbook, a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) through a Baptist institution of higher education and a Certificate of Completion from the Texas Baptists' Chaplaincy Relations Department.

In a first meeting with potential volunteer chaplains in a classroom setting many may lack understanding as to how they will use the HOM training, but all feel that they are being led by God to participate. Obviously, some of this uncertainty comes from a limited knowledge of all that chaplains do. Most are amazed when they learn how much of life chaplains are involved in.

Following completion of the course, most participants are warmly welcomed into their church and community, where they are quickly plugged into serving in various venues. Some of those areas, but certainly not all, include: ministries for senior adults and senior adult daycare centers; crises management; hospice providers; funeral homes; law enforcement agencies and fire departments; hospital, mental health, public health and addiction rehab facilities and programs; jails and prisons; Head Start, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity; public and private schools; homeless shelters and food banks; and social service agencies. The HOM Volunteer Chaplaincy Ministry serves anywhere people are in spiritual need, whether people or in or outside the mainstream of society.

Meet our Volunteer Chaplains

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Training Opportunities

Yorktown Baptist
5025 Yorktown Blvd
Corpus Christi 

Saturday September 16 and 23


Skyblue Family Ministries
1401 Cates Street
Bridgeport, TX 76426

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9 to 4 p.m. 

Lunch break from noon to 1:30 or brown bag, personal choice.


Minnehulla Baptist Church
3572 U.S. Hwy. 59N
Goliad, TX 77963

FridayJanuary 196-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 209 to 5 p.m.

We will eat lunch during training without breaking/details to be announced. 

The HOM Workbook Curriculum Topics include:

  • What Are We Doing Here?
  • Who is a Chaplain?
  • Healthy Self-Helping Others
  • Establishing Authentic Relationships
  • Learning to Listen (Part A and B)
  • Using the Incident Verbatim
  • Families at Risk for the Helper
  • Abuse and Addictions for the Helper
  • Red Flags in the Helping Process
  • Pastoral Resources for the Helper (Part A and B)
  • Issues of Aging in the Marketplace
  • Don't Sit on the Bed


  • Stages of Grief
  • Ministering With Terminally Ill Persons
  • Ministering With Families Touched By Death
  • Sharing Christ in Contexts of Ministry
  • Chain of Command
  • When the Chaplain Is a Peer
  • Chaplain, Could You Represent Us?
  • Helping the Staff When Crisis Comes (Part A and B)
  • Roots, Nourishment, and Empowering For Your Life and Service
  • Please understand me! DISC Personality Inventory
  • Understand and Developing Relationships and Resources



HOM graduates have a tremendous resource through the Texas Baptists' Chaplaincy Relations Department. With a simple telephone call information assistance is available for the Volunteer Chaplain, where networking can and does provide support. However, for the Volunteer Chaplain the greatest relationship and resource is that with God. We must remain faithful to accomplish this daily personal relationship which does and will sustain us in this call of service.

For additional information on training for volunteer chaplaincy, to have a class taught in your church, or to find where classes are being held, please contact:

Chaplain Georgia Risenhoover
State Coordinator, Hands on Ministry Texas Baptists Chaplaincy Relations
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75231-2388
(817) 578-7073
georgia.risenhoover@texasbaptists.org