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Chaplains Training

The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) will be holding its annual Chaplains Training from September 22-24, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Our training enables you to collaborate with your peers, find spiritual renewal, hone skills, and implement best practices within your profession. We consider each chaplain’s attendance at Chaplains Training critical for effective ministry and for continued ecclesiastical endorsement. Your significant other is also welcome to attend.

Our main speaker, Dr. Danjuma Gibson, will share spiritual care and self-care concepts and several chaplains will present specific tools and practices they use in their work. These tools are unique and applicable to chaplains in many different settings. This enables chaplains to engage with their peers, find new resources, and continue their education after the training.

We are committed to ensuring that our training meets your spiritual and professional development needs. By attending this training, participants will complete 11 hours of continuing education. 

Dr. Danjuma Gibson

Our speaker, Dr. Danjuma Gibson, will share spiritual care and self-care concepts and strategies for navigating "brave space," which is a healing environment related to rebuilding from all that chaplains have encountered on a personal, communal, and global level. Dr. Gibson currently serves as the Calvin Theological Seminary Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling; Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program; and he specializes in individual and community trauma recovery. He is also in private practice as a psychotherapist in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Location

Prince Conference Center

Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, just a bridge walk from the Calvin University campus, is the Prince Conference Center. This beautiful facility opened in October of 2002. Set in the woods and surrounded by trees, wetlands and a nature trail, the Prince Center provides a wonderful, stress-free environment for fellowship, learning and exchanging ideas.

Lodging

To register for lodging at the Prince Conference Center, call them at (616) 526-7200 or use their online reservation system. You will need to mention code CHAP22 for the discounted room rate of $105.00 per night.  If you would like to share a room and split the cost, please send an email to Carol Vander Ark with your request.

Registration

2022 CRC Chaplains Training Registration

Registration is $75.00 for CRC endorsed chaplains (active and retired). Seminary students and endorsed chaplain spouses do not have to pay for registration. Registration is $125.00 for guests (non-CRC endorsed). 

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday lunches are $8.00 and Thursday dinner is $12.00. Friday's banquet is $20.00.

Schedule

Training begins on Thursday, September 22, with check in at 11:00am (ET), and concludes on Saturday, September 24, at 12:30 pm (ET). See the detailed schedule.

Important Documents

Travel Policy

Letter to Employer

Letter to Military

Letter to Chaplains