In November, we had four people from our local support groups (Life House Church Murray Bridge, Encounter Church Gawler and ONE Life Church Parafield Gardens) undergo training to become nationally accredited chaplains through Chaplaincy Australia and Alphacrucis College.

Our vision at Cornerstone Housing is for chaplains to act as a bridge between the community and the church by meeting with you, listening to your life’s struggles, and referring you to professional support services.

What are chaplains?

Chaplains are equipped with skills in pastoral care and theological training. They minister to people facing deeply distressing and traumatic situations, enabling them to better cope with periods of instability.

Chaplains are men and women of all ages, who are trained to offer practical and compassionate care and support, regardless of race, gender or culture. They do not impose their own spiritual views on others; instead, they allow people to explore and examine their own beliefs and meaning of life.

What do community chaplains do?

Community chaplains are trained, accredited and provide their service for free.

They offer a safe environment for people to share their feelings. They help people work through life issues, assisting in times of crisis and supporting in times of grief, loss and trauma.

Chaplains also network with drug and alcohol support; aged-care services; counselling services; youth programs; rehabilitation programs; emergency food care; family welfare services; and financial advisory services.

How do you get in touch with a community chaplain?

Text ‘Chaplain’ to 0468 761 421.