Chaplain David Cody Franz: I am a 100% Disabled Veteran with a passion to serve Christ. I have always been led to the Ministry of Helps and a Ministry of Presence. When I tried to go and use the Vocational Rehabilitation services of the VA in San Antonio, They laughed at me and told me that being in Ministry was not a viable or substantial "job" and could not help me to get a degree in Ministry! I knew that my age was against me and that having a family with 5 children, a ranch etc., college was not going to be a viable solution because of the financial burden & stress it would caused. The VA Voc-Rehab Program would have supported financially while attending college. So, we were going to live on God's Sufficiency and Provision! I was not disheartened and continued to pray and allow God to guide me where I needed to be to serve Him! After much prayer and study of God's word, it was very clear that God equips the "called" and not call the equipped! None of the Apostles and most of the 1st church disciples had any "formal education" and served the Lord just fine without a degree! Yes, a degree can help, but it is not needed to serve the Lord, praise God! The sad thing today is that we place so much emphasis on a college degree as "credentialing" and most are in a drawer somewhere. I know of several "pastors" or ministers that are not serving correctly (without using worldly judging but righteous) as seen by their fruit. The piece of parchment is not worth anything, especially to God, if one does not live the life that they propose to be living and preaching/teaching! God uses us in various ways and Chaplain Fellowship Ministries, Inc. was formed through the obedience of Chaplain Gibson to listen to God and the Holy Spirit and provide a sincere, official, God breathed and led organization to provide credentialing and screening of those that have a sincere heart to serve the Lord as a Chaplain! Because of the excellent, Doctorate written courses in Public Safety Chaplaincy, Disaster Relief Chaplaincy and the other course work offered by CFMI, CFMI has allowed me the recognition and credentialing needed to serve my Lord as the Chaplain for the Medina County Sheriff's Office and to begin creating a Cowboy Chaplaincy Program for CFMI and the BGCT! The interview is crucial to becoming an ordained Minister and Chaplain. Life experiences are investigated and references are checked to ensure that your walk is what you say it is and your focus is what you say you want it to be. Your heart must be right! If God calling you, than CFMI is where you need to be. This fellowship is member support (as it should be) and offers more than one would think. CFMI offers continuous prayer and support and accessibility 24/7 through our network of Chaplains and the staff is very highly dedicated and professional to guide you through any problems that arise. The training received is as well professionally written and self-paced to allow you the flexibility to accomplish what your goals are. If you are God led and ready to do HIs work, and need credentialing for the ministry that God has set before you, and you are ready to continue to educate yourself; if you want respect of being credentialed through a professional process and Fellowship, than CFMI is your home. CFMI is not a paper mill and our Fellowship can substantiate it's record of professionalism and Ministry through Federal and local agency recognition, not that that is needed to do God's work!
I have been a chaplain for 7 years and I have been a member of CFMI all of those years ,they have helped me get the credentials that I have and they have helped me in my ministry by supporting me and the classes they have at the conferences that w have every year and on line courses that I was able to take through CFMI. So I want to thank everybody at CFMI for there help and support and thank God for touching Chaplain Don , Tina Gibson to get this great non-profit group started. I RECOMMEND THIS GROUP to everybody that is called to be a Chaplain to get ahold of this group. God Bless Chaplain Dale Stearns.
Being called by God to be a Chaplain is truly a gift from God. So if that deep yearning that is in the pit of your belly is encouraging you to seek more information about becoming a Chaplain. Check out Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International; there is a great need for Chaplains in businesses, school's, nursing homes, hospice, public safety, disaster, crises, hospital, military, police, fire, youth, and prisons. The CFMI leaders are there for you as well as the members of CFMI...they have been in your shoes. My wife and I have been called to be Chaplains, we have been surely blessed and we have a monthly meeting. We meet the third Saturday of the month at High Mesa Cowboy Church, 1100 High Mesa Drive, at 5:30 pm in Brownwood, TX, so... if you are in the area please drop by and visit us.Thank you CFMI. Chaplain Dale and Chaplain Sandy Stearns
I am working toward my 2nd full year as a Chaplain with CFMI and I can not say enough good about the staff and the whole organization! I am a volunteer Chaplain with a major hospital in our community. I love it, and both the organization thru the love of Jesus Christ have brighten my life.
Has given me an oppertunity to serve others with the
Licence of ordanation. May the Lord be served, in the
Upmost. To be directly involved with ministry.
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I can not speak highly enough of CFMI. Unfortunately we do live in a paper conscious society, one in which credentials and education are critically important; this includes the ministry. CFMI provides a critically important route for people, professionally trained or not, to map out and achieve their professional and ministerial goals (their calling). They allow people to submit to an important educational process, in a number of ministerial disciplines, and then work at their own pace to achieve their objectives in moving forward with their God given vocations. I am a retired Hospital administrator with a master's level education. When I retired, I began an entirely new career as a Chaplain and after much time and effort selected CFMI to be the credentialing agency and covering for my ministerial pursuits. CFMI is professional; welcoming; understanding; empathetic; honest; and prayerful; and I believe they are a Holy Spirit led organization. It would not be possible to recommend CFMI to any higher degree and they have my full support and appreciation.
This organization has really helped me to succeed in my ministry. I have been a member for over 3 years now and have many doors open to me. It's all real here. If ministry is in your heart the tools are here for you to help you succeed in whatever ministry you have been called to. I am proud to be a member of this organization. The sky is the limit. As mentioned by another reviewer, this is no mill. This organization is filled with those who who strive to be like like Christ. I have nothing but good things to say. God bless this ministy.
I just passed the Public Safety Chaplain course and it was a very thorough course!
The staff were quick to respond to Emails and were very encouraging. I highly recommend them for anyone seeking chaplain and ministry education.
I am an ordained minister and chaplain since 2012 and have been blessed through Chaplain Fellowship Ministries. I am also a widow and a mother of 2. I am currently work as a volunteer of a nursing home in which I have been blessed with 7 grandparents that I visit and call them part of my family. I am working toward my Nursing Home Chaplain certification with Chaplain Fellowship certification program. God is so good to me and I pray that you all my strength in the Lord that my continue to doing the Will of God and following Jesus' example of loving my neighbor.
Chaplin Fellowship Ministry helped my husband get his truck fixed so he could come home and go to work. We had just been sent to Fort Hood and did not know very many people and did not know what we were going to do. Me being 6 months pregnant was not helping us at the time because I had doctor appointments and two little kids to tote around every where. My husband came home from work and told me he had meet another soldier who told him that there was a ministry in Temple that helps troops and their families some times. So we got their phone number and called them, they were very nice so we got a friend to drive us to Temple to meet them. They were happy to help us get our truck fixed and enjoyed having my girls visiting with them. This ministry was a life savers for us. My husband was getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan and had been worrying himself sick about how me and the kids were going to get to the store and the doctor or what would happen if i had to get one of the girls to a doctor with the truck being broke down. I am in regular contact with my husband Robert and we now have a new baby boy. Robert is so excited and says he cannot wait to get home and meet and hold his new son. Thank you so much you will always be in our prayers.
CFM is an inspiring organization that helps people get involved and equipped for ministry in all forms of disaster and crisis.
I've been involved as a certified chaplain with them since 2011.
I have found this to be a sincere-- no frills, no nonsense, no hype ministry.
This definitely is a ministry for those who are self motivation and who desire to see growth in their own personal life as well as in the lives of those they seek to aid.
CFM is not only respectful of God's laws but also the laws of the land.
They do background checks on their applicants and on their website they have good sound information and open disclosure regarding who qualifies under Non-profit tax laws and exemptions.
They work hand in hand with society on the whole and training their members to serve the least of these in all situations.
CFM trains you -- they don't control you.
For those serious about being a Jesus example in our world this is a great ministry to connect with.
Chaplin fellowship gave me the opportunity to go out into the highway and byways on my motorcycle and be a servant to the people showing them the love of God and me how to believe that i am a child of the king and purpose being part of the Fellowship Ministries and for Chappy to start a ministry Im very proud to be a part of it thank you Chappy and Tina for being obedient to this ministry I love you both for your support in me I couldn't have done it without you
Chaplain Kymber Baker
I was ordained in 2006 and have had a very rewarding ministry and a positive effect roll in a person life. I've ministered to youth and all those that have called apon me. This ministry is a great first God has given to us ministers.
Chaplain Fellowship Ministries is a wonderful organization that gives support and encouragement to all its members. Chaplain Gibson is a hard working individual who truly cares for the body of Christ and desires to see people healed and delivered.
I was an ordained minister for many years and have been an ordained chaplain for two years now. They have been so supportive and have answered any concerns that I may have had. The people who work there are kind, polite and always willing to go the extra mile.
I would highly recommend Chaplain Fellowship Ministries to anyone with a sincere heart to serve those who are in need.
I became ordained by CFMI last year, 2013. I sent my package with 5 references from pastors and CFMI called me and spoke with me. We talked ministry and why I felt the call on my life. The Bible tells of the Apostles being unschooled. Many called to ministry do not have degrees for ministry and in America that has forced many to not answer their calling. CFMI has made it possible for us to get credibility, accountability and credentials that show we have chosen to answer the calling on our life. They are professional and have allowed me to be a lay Chaplain at Hendrick Motorports as well as a Action Sports Chaplain and Street Ministry Chaplain. They have given us the resources we need to educate our selves and to be better at building the Kingdom of God. This is no Diploma mill. If it is, they spend a lot of time investing in us via the web. Chaplain Donnie Floyd, itsblackandwhite.org
I am ordained through CFMI. This ministry has helped me begin my journey as an emergency response chaplain. CFMI has given me the opportunity for continued education and are always there for me to offer support and guidance. I feel blessed to be part of this ministry and know that CFMI will be here to help me as I grow and learn as I try to walk the path that Jesus has led me to. Many thanks to Chaplain Gibson and Chaplain Bartholomew. God bless CFMI!
Thank you for your kind review, bless you!
As a Minister and Chaplain, ordained and trained by Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International,
I have been able to minister in my community in a way that has added value and blessings to the lives of the poor and marginalized living in our area. CFMI is a well recognized and fully accredited orginization that has given me the credentials and training to minister in a way that reflects the value of our Lord, Jesus Christ, fulfilling the command that He has given us through the Great Commission.
Bless you and thank you.
I became a Chaplain over 3 yrs ago with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries. I did much research on Chaplain groups and this one was the only one I felt was legit. Now that I have attended my first conference with CFMI and was formally ordained in 2012, I can highly recommend this ministry as legit in every way. I do Jail and Prison ministry and was able to study and receive a certification in Pastoral Crisis Counseling and Prison Ministry. You are given credentials which can be verified by anyone who might check them. This is a real and Godly ministry and I am proud to be a part of it. Thanks, Chaplain Denis J. Gray, Sherman Texas
Chaplain Fellowship Ministries opened doors for me to minister by certifying me as a chaplain several years ago. I have taken many of the training classes they offer and continue to progress in service to others.
I feel CHAPLAIN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES is an encouraging non-judgmental organization that allows accountability to be to the Lord (our true leader and motivator) of the our faith so chaplains may help the lost come to salvation through Christ Jesus.
I find that many people believe in God/Jesus/Holy Spirit -- but often do not attend a church. People who truly desire a minister to baptize, marry, or bury them or a loved one.
Other’s who look for someone they can honestly share a sorrow with; such as a child going to prison, a divorce, the death of a loved one, being a caregiver to a mentally ill or elderly person, even those struggling with abuse by someone.
Some people are home bound for various reasons. (I have been called to tend many in hospice settings).
There are people who just never feel they fit into the organized gatherings of large denominations.
All of these truly need to receive hope through a listening ear, prayer support, and encouragement.
Many people read their Bibles in privacy and do not attend church-- Chaplains compliment local churches by encourages attendance and fellowship with other believers.
I publish a Christian blog called MANUFACTURERS HANDBOOK (http://stuffyouadore.blogspot.com/) and write devotionals at my facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/stuffyouadore).
These sites contain inspirations and teachings for the general public, friends, relatives, and shut-ins to enjoy.
I personally do not consider this an occupation to earn from and I take no compensations, therefore I also do not have tax issues people in ministry often worry about. All my services are free as in accordance with Matthew 10: 8 "Freely you have received; freely give."
I consider my chaplaincy a ministry to the unchurched children of God or to those in various crisis along their life's journey. I do honor and respect all people's mental, physical, social, and spiritual beliefs and do not insist other's compromise to my personal convictions. I do not represent anyone other than Christ -- I do not advertise in any way and I do not enter private situations without an invitation by those in need.
Community Chaplains are needed in many areas of outreach -- Without hesitation I certainly encourage anyone feeling the Lord calling them in this direction to contact Chaplain Fellowship Ministries and apply for training and/or certifications.
Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today
He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way
He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died
He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.
We are the only Bible the careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed;
We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed;
What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?
What if our hands are busy with other work than His?
What if our feet are walking where sin’s allurement is?
What if our tongue is speaking of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him or welcome His return?
—Annie Johnston Flint
CFMI helped me and my family when I had no where else to turn. I was behind in house payments and they helped me to save my house, I could not have done it without them! I have nothing but good things to say about CFMI and I know they are good people helping good people. Keep up the good work!
Toni thank you for your kind review. Bless you and your family!
CFMI makes it possible for those called by God to ministry to effectively answer the call. With useful resources and training available that is well written and very relevant to those we serve. Credentialing and accountability are serious matters and CFMI is a leader in expecting those associated with the ministry to adhere to ethics and high standards. Having formerly been a licensed pastor in a mainline denomination, there were barriers to effective ministry that I have not encountered as an independent minister allowing for greater flexibility to pursue my calling. I support CFMI with a monthly tithe along with my local church. Through God and CFMI doors have been opened I could have never imagined.
Thank you for your hard work and kind support.
This ministry help my family save our home from forclosure last year. Thanks for helping us. Debbie
God bless you and your family!
As a member and Chaplain with CFMI - I count it a privledge to serve with men and women who heard their call, and responded. CFMI is a well respected ministry, and the men and women who help support and run it are people I highly respect. if John 14:2b.
Thank you Mark for taking the time to write your review! God bless brother!
CFMI is a leader in providing training and credentialing in the area of disaster response.
Thank you so much for your kind comments and support.
I don't write this review because I'm a Board Member but truly from my heart and experience
I have been a member of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries for approximately 20 yrs now. I was never asked my status in life, how much money I earned, how much education, etc . when I joined. This ministry has provided me the education and training I was looking for to help me in the ministry I was called into. Chaplain Fellowship has stood by me in my good times and my bad. Dr. Gibson has spent many hours with me, a lot of times up into the early morning, studying GOD's word.
The ministry has always put it's Chaplains and the community first and foremost. They have helped families who needed food, in paying an electric bill, or help in paying someones rent and never asking, nor expecting anything in return.
It's not a ministry who tries to take from it's members, but what the ministry can give to them
It has been a long time brother since we meet. We have all come a long way down a very hard road together. We made it by the grace of God, He has walked with us all the way, even carried us at times. God bless you and your dear wife!