Serving the Military – Chaplains Partnership Initiative

What do Chaplains face?
Military Chaplains minister on a daily basis to Soldiers and their Families dealing with the overwhelming effects of combat injuries, suicide, mental health injuries, traumatic brain injuries, financial problems, physical abuse, addiction, substance abuse, marital infidelity, parenting issues, sexual promiscuity and other issues.

The Chaplains may face similar challenges in their own lives with the added weight of physical and spiritual warfare.  They may also experience isolation and loneliness due to the crushing volume of needs they are meeting, whether they are deployed or living stateside.

How does one Chaplain do it?
Living out their lives with the Soldiers, they rely largely on the support of other Chaplains.  Some have additional support networks outside their immediate structure. Their ministries are becoming increasingly more difficult to operate due to shrinking funds and a government that has become more antagonistic to Christ.  Still, they are faithful to Him and their calling.

The Chaplains Partnership Initiative directly supports military Chaplains and their Unit Ministry Teams, as they minister to 500-800 Soldiers.

How does BENCHMARK help?
BENCHMARK first comes along side the chaplains to minister to them as they walk and live out their calling.

BENCHMARK next supports the Unit Ministry Team, (Chaplain and Chaplain’s Assistant) by offering a variety of interactive experiences and outdoor adventures customized to meet the ministry needs of their unit.  These events, whether a few hours or a few days, include activities such as team and relationship building, climbing/rappelling, whitewater rafting and excellent food in an unhurried outdoor camping or retreat setting.

BENCHMARK then ministers directly to soldiers in partnership with chaplains.  We increase the chaplain’s staff capacity by providing resources, facilities, planning and coordination for events and retreats for their soldiers.

For those who see Him for the first time and those whose faith simply needs to be encouraged, our customized experiences have initiated powerful change in Soldiers, pointing them to the ultimate benchmark, Christ.

What does Chaplains Partnership Initiative offer

BENCHMARK offers unique, customized services which expands a Chaplain’s options. These services are based on shared objectives, which include:

  1. Strengthening Soldiers’ leadership skills
  2. Growing supportive relationships between Soldiers and Chaplains and fellow Soldiers
  3. Reinforcing Family relationships between Soldiers and their children.

Examples of possible events:

  • Soldier/ Daughter & Daddy/Daughter Adventures,
  • Father/Son & Soldier / Son Adventures
  • Single Soldier Retreats.
CPI also offers planning support and implementation of ½-day enrichment and development events, full-day spiritual fitness support and multi-day adventure retreats.

Need more info?

The Chaplains Partnership Initiative was created to help our military. If you are a Chaplain or a Soldier and are interested in participating, you can download this document for more information.

You Can Help

BENCHMARK needs financial support, volunteers, prayer and help promoting this ministry from people who share our passion for those in the military.

You can directly serve a Soldier and encourage a Chaplain by donating any amount to the Chaplains Partnership Initiative. Donate $250 and provides a full scholarship for a Soldier or one child to participate in a life-changing retreat. Your generous donation is vital to aiding BENCHMARK and Chaplains as they cooperatively create connections for a Soldier and their Families.

 

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Testimonials

”James, how much I value you and what God is doing in and through you to make a difference amongst our Army Chaplains, the heroes of the faith, and amongst our sheep, the heroes of our nation. Love you, brother….I wholeheartedly support BENCHMARK ADVENTURE MINISTRIES!!!!”
Chaplain (CPT) Jose M. Rondon, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) U.S. Army
“For the record, thank you so much for teaching me a lot in such a short time. Those trips truly meant a lot to me. Though I hike and camp a lot on my own I’m still a young buck with much to learn like the understanding that everything is a tool, always planning ahead and that you can jerry-rig pretty much anything. But more than the physical, because though physical understanding is important, there is more to this world. And it’s not so much what I remember you telling me, but what you asked me: “What does it look like to be a Godly man?”
Austin Bryant, U.S. Army medic (honorably discharged)

Event Schedule Examples

Chaplain & Chapel Staff Leadership Development

  • 0545 – meet for initial breakfast initiative
  • 0730 – team building activities / teaching session
  • 0930 – chapel staff debrief / topic discussion
  • 1200 – lunch
  • 1245 – final take-aways
  • 1315 – departure

Retreat

  • 1300 travel to base camp / lodge
  • 1800 arrival
  •           Initial team building activities and setup
  •           Team building supper
  •           Chaplain teaching time
  •           Dutch oven desserts
  •           Campfire

  • 0545 Meal prep crew up
  • 0715 Team building big breakfast
  •           Mobile lunch prep
  • 1230 SP from campsite / lodge to whitewater rafting
  • 1600 After rafting – transportation back to base camp
  •           Structured and informal activity time
  •           Team building grilled steak supper
  •           Chaplain teaching time
  •           Dutch oven desserts
  •           Campfire

  • 0545 meal prep crew up
  • 0715 team building big breakfast
  •           pack & prep to leave
  •           Chaplain led worship
  •           final AAR & BENCHMARK R3 (Responsibility, Reflection, ReFocus)
  • 1100 departure
  •           mobile lunch

Military units we’ve served

Infantry, Aviation, Ranger, Training and Special Operation units at….

  • Fort Campbell, TN
  • Fort Benning, GA
  • Fort Riley, KS
  • Hunter Army Airfield, GA
  • Fort Bragg, NC

D-U-N-S Number: 07-200-1238
NAICS Code: 813110
CAGE Code: pending