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Info About Biker Chaplain

imageWe are a couple of guys (pictured below, left to right, Sidecar and Chappy) who are involved in church and biker based ministries, who wanted to create a place for bikers, ministries and other biker chaplains to communicate and connect.

This site has been created as a ministry resource, not a club, group or organization. For this reason, we only issue rockers (Chaplain), no patch is involved.

While we are associated with numerous ministry organizations (both traditional and biker), we wanted a place that brought all these things together and provided a jump-point for our, biker chaplain ministry.

This place was not devised nor created by us, but only by God's hand working in us. We take no credit for use this site can be, and give it all to God.

We hope that each of you find the site helpful and a source of inspiration, support and togetherness. We pray for each of you, a solid footing before you found only in the God we serve.

Sidecar & Chappy

Biker Chaplain Contacts & Representatives

National/International

Central Region


Western Region

Eastern Region

Address

P.O. Box 2791
Addison, TX 75001

Information:

Biker Chaplain Position Statement

The number of people involved in motorcycle ministry is on the rise. Their participation may be through a church, church ride groups or one of the local or national biker ministry organizations. It is in an effort to advance personal motorcycle ministry through one of these avenues that BikerChaplain.com was conceived. It is the goal of BikerChaplain.com to provide basic ministry services, and a standard in quality of ministry services combined with the training necessary to assure compliance with that standard.

Advanced chaplaincy training is required by many State institutions for ministry access to governmental facilities. This training is required of, Pastors following an occupational or vocational call to fulltime ministry, and to the laity following a bi-vocational and volunteer call to service.

BikerChaplain.com offers training that is a prerequisite to a State government recognized chaplaincy endorsement. This training provides important information and skills training necessary for all ministry practitioners. A BikerChaplain.com endorsement identifies the bearer as trained in accordance with the highest ministry standards. Subsequently, there is added personal and professional credibility by the display of a BikerChaplain.com endorsement in concert with identification from any individual biker ministry or church organization one has chosen to align with.

BikerChaplain.com also offers ministry tools to assist in the effectiveness of ones personal ministry whether aligned with a ministry organization or an independent practioneer. These tools include basic ministry services and communication components.

As a completely independent training and support component to ministry, BikerChaplain.com is not a ministry unto itself. Thus, whether trained or untrained (endorsed or not endorsed) an individual would generally align with a biker ministry vehicle or simply be a lone wolf servant of Christ on a motorcycle.

From a strategic perspective, most successful motorcycle ministries tend to be denominationally neutral. Although, some denominations have funded motorcycle ministry and ministry organizations, it is the doctrine that takes center stage not the denominational label. The foundation of the alliance between BikerChaplain.com and the Baptist General Convention of Texas through the Hands on ministry program is to offer quality training. This training is a prerequisite to a BGCT endorsed Chaplaincy, and we offer it to BikerChaplain.com subscribers, associates and others interested in biker ministry. The independent nature of our offering clearly reflects the independent nature and culture of motorcycle ministry in general and the target audience.

Chaplaincy A Common Understanding

Chaplaincy is simple, the showing of God's love to all people. The demonstration of this practical "show of love" may take many forms. In a hospital, it may be assisting with a "do not recessitate" directive, or guiding a patient faced with their mortality in a discussion of the hereafter. Specific skills would include ministering to the non-churched in a fashion that would move them in the direction of a closer awareness of God and a relationship with Christ. For a biker chaplain, it may be ministering to a downed biker or a family member of a downed biker. Working with families and individuals "at risk" is a regular activity.

Chaplaincy is like a Pastoral ministry: in that Chaplains may be called to preach and teach. Chaplains clearly have a body life ministry i.e. minister to the sick and hurting. However, a Chaplain's flock consists of a mixed bag of beliefs and religions. Part of a chaplains calling is working with respect and sensitivity with people of varying faiths. The chaplains flock is a slice of society in a workplace, recreational or social setting. Just as pastors, chaplains may attend seminary and receive specific university degreed training, or, can serve as a volunteer, in a seminary optional role. Chaplaincy is not like a Pastoral ministry: in that Chaplains generally have no "spiritual oversight" responsibilities. A Pastor of a local church may or may not choose to participate in a chaplaincy ministry, as chaplaincy may involve a focus of activity sometimes outside of local church interests. Pastors who choose a role in chaplaincy, and have not taken specific seminary chaplaincy training, may choose to take additional chaplaincy training just as any other volunteer would.

One becomes a Chaplain when one is "recognized" and is serving the needs of a group of individuals. Groups that may recognize a Chaplain's role include:

Ministries, clubs, business organizations, associations, hospitals and health care organizations, various retirement homes/communities, municipalities, law enforcement, restorative justice facilities and so forth.

Terms that routinely come up in conversation are:

Certified Chaplain- This is a professional designation, indicating a seminary degree and specific chaplaincy internship following a seminary degree plan.

Endorsed Chaplain- Both professional and volunteer chaplains may be, and are generally endorsed by a sending agency. These sending agencies would include but are not limited to denominations such as: Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, Methodist or Presbyterian. Further there are Associations and Conferences that endorse Chaplains. These organizations include groups like BikerChaplain.com and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Endorsement indicates a large recognized organization stands with the chaplain and "endorses" his or her ministry. Additionally, endorsements indicate the Chaplain or chaplain volunteer has completed some sort of training and has met certain requirements and standards of service.

Licensed Chaplain- a chaplain (either a full time professional or volunteer), who is not already a Pastor, may choose to be licensed by a local church or denomination. This allows for participation in marriage and funeral services. Also, some churches require licensing of those who provide pulpit supply (preaching services).

Licensing vs. ordination- for many denominations this is the same thing. Some churches will ordain full time servants, and license volunteers or bi-vocational servants.

Bikerchaplain.com provides professional training and a support community for people called to chaplaincy service. We provide training that includes but is not limited to the following topics:

Families at risk,Ministering to the terminally ill, Individuals at risk, Individuals and families in crisis, Loss of life, Illness, Death notification,Trauma, Intervention, Hospital situations

BikerChaplain.com does: provide training, and endorsement based on standards and requirements. (Requirements for endorsement are subjective). BikerChaplain.com patches indicate course completion and association support.

Bikerchaplain.com does not: License, Certify or issue "Chaplain" designation rockers (this is the role of the group served to designate and recognize a chaplain).

When you see your next Chaplains rocker at an event, offer your prayer support to this brother or sister. They are your fellow workers in Christ's service.

Sidecar
Co-founder-Bikerchaplain.com


Biker Chaplain Standards

Biker Chaplain Statement of Faith

I. The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.

II. God the Father: There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

B. God the Son: Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

C. God the Holy Spirit: The Divine helper is sent to indwell within us and provide guidance and growth as Christians. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are empowered for daily living and our souls are comforted in times of great need.

III. Man: Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. God created man in His own image, therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

IV. Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

V. Christian Growth: Once saved, a desire for a deeper relationship with God is a natural result of the new nature created in us by virtue of our acceptance of Christ as Lord and savior. As believers grow and mature in faith, the fruit of the spirit will become manifest in our lives.

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