"Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy: Theology and Practice" Training Seminar

June 4-8, 2018
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Peace Officer Ministries (POM) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host “Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy—Theology and Practice,” June 12-16, 2017, on the Seminary campus. The workshop offers unique accredited training for chaplains, peace officers and pastors, focusing on effective Christian ministry to and through law enforcement.

Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy—Theology and Practice, offers unique accredited training for lay people, chaplains, peace officers, and pastors, focusing on effective Christian ministry to and through law enforcement, including:

  • Adopting a sound biblical theology;
  • Understanding law enforcement as vocation (God’s calling);
  • Distinguishing and properly applying Law and Gospel and God’s Two Kingdoms within a law enforcement context;
  • Addressing practical, legal, historical, cultural and missiological considerations;
  • Employing Christian stress management and officer spiritual survival strategies;
  • Identifying characteristics of a competent Christian chaplain;
  • Chaplain Leadership and Communication Styles—Impacting LE Culture for Christ;
  • Polygraphy and its role in law enforcement, including practical demonstration;
  • Officer-involved shootings and laser shot "shoot/no shoot" practical demonstration; and,
  • Department of Homeland Security Course Certification for Critical Incident Response
    - First Responder Level Training/Certification
    - DHS/FEMA ICS 100/200/700
  • There are some scholarships available. Check out the Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship for seminary students and recently called pastors.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) course component fulfills DHS guidelines for first responders. The critical incident stress management section fulfills basic group debriefing requirements from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Please note: Instructors and curriculum subject to change. There is a additional fee ($20) for the ICISF training to cover the cost of materials required by the foundation. You may choose between the DHS and ICISF training tracks.

Rev. Frank Ruffatto, executive director and chaplain of POM, will serve as the introductory speaker Monday morning. Other presenters include Rev. Richard Norris, Michael Dahmer, Donald King and Steven Ruffatto.

Pricing does not include housing, though some cost-effective on-campus housing will be available at a special price. Snacks and some meals are provided, including a catered awards banquet.

  • $425 by Feb. 1, 2018
  • $450 by Feb. 28, 2018
  • $475 after Feb. 28, 2018

LCMS Office of National Mission Scholarships
Limited scholarships may be available for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors and church workers, made available by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Contact ce@csl.edu for more information.

The Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship awards scholarships to LCMS seminary students based on an express interest in practical theology in the area of chaplaincy. The scholarship funds cover Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Seminar tuition, and room and board to attend the seminar. More information on the Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship.