National Law Enforcement Ministry

Law Enforcement Chaplain Training Program

In response to the growing need for emotional and spiritual care to law enforcement officers, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has developed the Law Enforcement Chaplain Training Program (LECTP), taught by former law enforcement officers. This Biblically-based training has no prerequisites, and is free of charge. It is open to active-duty/retired law enforcement officers, chaplains, pastors, and anyone interested in serving regardless of their experience in law enforcement. Note: this training does not qualify participants to be certified as a “police chaplain” or a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplain. If you are interested in training to become a BG-RRT chaplain, find more information here.

Training objectives:

At the end of this course, students should be able to accomplish the following training objectives:

  • Define law enforcement ministry and explain why it is necessary.
  • Identify and explain the Biblical foundations of law enforcement ministry.
  • Understand the history of law enforcement.
  • Explain the unique challenges faced by law enforcement officers, including the physical, mental, social, and spiritual challenges.
  • List common law enforcement personality traits and explain how they affect ministry.
  • Discuss issues that law enforcement officers face:
    • Grief-defining and discussing impacts
    • Suicide, including risk factors, warning signs, and intervention strategies
    • Substance abuse and the role that pain plays in it
  • Explain God’s plan on how to handle pain in our lives.
  • Discuss the ways that law enforcement families are impacted.
  • Describe the practical aspects of ministry to law enforcement officers.
  • Identify your role as police chaplain in various specific ministry situations.
  • Discuss compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.
  • List the ways chaplains can care for themselves and avoid burnout.

Pontiac, Michigan

July 29-August 1, 2024


Littleton, Colorado

August 12-15, 2024


Marietta, Georgia

September 9-12, 2024


Spokane, Washington

September 16-19, 2024


Elizabeth City, North Carolina

October 14-17, 2024


Huntsville, Texas

October 14-17, 2024


Cullman, Alabama

November 18-21, 2024


Tucson, Arizona

November 18-21, 2024


If you have previously registered and need to change class location, email [email protected] to cancel your reservation before signing up for an additional site.

*Classes are subject to cancellation in the event of low enrollments 30 days prior to the training.


  • You will receive a BG-RRT LECTP certificate upon completion of this training.
  • While completion of LECTP meets most requirements for BG-RRT chaplaincy, please note that an approved application along with further training will still be required in order to deploy as a BG-RRT chaplain. You can learn more here.



  • What will the schedule look like?

    We will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. An hour and a half lunch is given every day, however, lunch will not be provided. Breaks will be given throughout the day, as well.

  • Will I still get credit if I miss a portion of the class?

    No, all attendees need to be present for the entire duration of the course to receive credit for the Billy Graham Law Enforcement Chaplain Training Program.

  • Do I need to bring anything?

    Just a pen or pencil—a nametag and binder will be provided when you arrive.

  • Who is this training for?

    Active law enforcement, retired law enforcement, chaplains, pastors, and anyone interested in serving law enforcement.

  • What is the dress code?

    Casual dress

  • Is this training available online?

    No, there are sessions in this training that require face-to-face conversations in a group setting.

  • What do I do if I want to host a training?

    If you are interested in hosting a LECTP at your location, please ensure the following requirements can be met and then contact David Rutledge. You need a venue that comfortably holds 40 people and has audio/visual equipment for PowerPoint and video presentations. Our preferred types of training locations are: Police or Sheriff’s Department, Law Enforcement Training Academy, or a community college. In addition, we ask for a confirmed attendance of at least 20 people to avoid potential cancellations. If these requirements can be met, please contact David Rutledge at [email protected] for further information.

  • What is BG-RRT chaplaincy all about?

    The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team trains God’s people for grief ministry and deploys crisis-trained chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual care to those affected by man-made or natural disasters. You can learn more about BG-RRT chaplaincy here.

  • I have other questions.

    For any questions concerning LECTP or if you need further assistance please call the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association–Rapid Response Team, toll-free 800-335-1337, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m–4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). You may also email our office in Charlotte, N.C., at [email protected] for assistance.

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