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AGTS News—Violence and mayhem in our sacred halls?

undertakersActors staged violent mob scenes in the Great Hall at AGTS during an emergency services chaplaincy training seminar on October 27, 2011.

Seminar participants and drama and criminal justice students from AGTS, Evangel University, Central Bible College and Missouri State University participated in and observed as AGTS alumnus Robby Jernigan (M.A. 1981) directed the scenario. The plot included a riot, fight, gun shots and fake blood. "The situation we have today was one that is very contemporary," said AGTS president Byron D. Klaus. "it would assume the usage of social media to create a flash mob."

"We want to create an environment in which they can experience the sights, sounds, smells—all the experiences of a crisis event," said Jernigan, an AG U.S. missionary assigned to recruit, train and place volunteer emergency services chaplains across the country.

Local emergency medical services technicians, police officers, highway patrolmen, chaplains and funeral home directors lent a touch of reality as a local TV news camera man filmed the action. Watch local news footage of the event...

Read about it in AG News.


Original news story about the seminar


Robby and Betty Jernigan (M.A.s 1981) are AG U.S. missionaries assigned to recruit, train and place volunteer emergency services chaplains across the country.

On October 26–27, 2011, AGTS will partner with the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Ministries Office and AGTS alumnus Robby Jernigan (M.A. 1981) to offer a two-day, ministry development seminar at AGTS for those working as or interested in becoming volunteer chaplains in the fields of fire, law enforcement, EMS or emergency dispatch.

"A well-trained, active emergency services chaplain can become a bridge between a caring church(es) and hurting people within its community," said Jernigan. "Emergency Services Chaplains minister to both responders and citizens in crisis."

The Emergency Services Chaplain Training Seminar will include instruction, group discussions, role-playing, etc. and will culminate with a field training exercise involving several emergency services agencies. The training scenario is intended to allow the participant to experience the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of a crisis event and to learn how to minister to those affected. 

Topics will include:

  • The History and Basics of Emergency Services Chaplaincy
  • Ministry on an Emergency Scene
  • Emergency Services Funerals
  • Developing Department Guidelines for the Chaplain's Ministry
  • Ministry to a Suicidal Subject
  • Ethics and Self Care
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Death Notifications 

The seminar will begin on Wednesday, October 26, at 8:50 a.m. and will dismiss at 5 p.m., resuming at around 9 a.m. the next morning until 5 p.m. that night.

Email Robby Jernigan ( if you are interested. The seminar is free but donations are accepted. Certificates of completion will be issued.

Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 2:03 PM

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