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 is free of charge and open to active-duty/retired law enforcement officers, chaplains, pastors, and anyone interested in serving law enforcement.


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.

Training Locations:

Grand Prairie, Texas

November 29 – December 3, 2021
Class is full. Waitlist available.

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Sweetwater, Florida

February 7 – 11, 2022

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Evansville, Indiana

March 7 – 11, 2022

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Edneyville, North Carolina

April 25 – 29, 2022

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Certifications:

  • You will receive a BG-RRT LECTP certificate upon completion of this training.
  • The LECTP will give you credit for “Assisting Individuals in Crisis,” a course offered through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc (ICISF). You can learn more about ICISF here.
  • While completion of LECTP meets some 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.

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FAQ's

  • What will the schedule look like?

    We will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Friday. 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.

  • What is the dress code?

    Casual dress

  • 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.

  • 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 drutledge@bgea.org 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 lawenforcementministry@bgea.org for assistance.

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