It is with heavy hearts that we share with you that Chaplain Steve Ballinger, Founder, President and Lead Chaplain, of Living Shield Ministries, died the morning of September 7, 2023, in Riverside, California. We are comforted that he is in the arms of His Savior. A service will be held October 3, 2023, (Tuesday) at 11:00AM at the Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive, Riverside, CA.
Chaplain Steve served for many years with the Riverside Fire Department, before he created the Chaplain Corp for the Riverside Police Department, as well as serving as a Chaplain with the Riverside Fire Department.
Steve had a passion for serving his community, and training others to do so in times of crisis.
Chaplain Steve created Living Shield Ministries to train and serve the community after September 11 events, when he recognized the need for the secular to be bridged with the sacred in serving the hurting and lost. Chaplain Steve saw the need for this ministry to others in many disasters over the years and has spent the last years of his life, building up and training other instructors to carry on his mission of “Bringing Help today for Hope for tomorrow”.
Our Living Shield Ministries team is committed to honoring Chaplain Steve by continuing the heartfelt legacy of care, hope and compassion Chaplain Steve started and emulated.
Until we see you again, Chap… we got your six.
Living Shield Ministries Board
Note per Steve’s family: in lieu of flowers consider donating to Living Shield Ministries.
Education and Training in
Living Shield Ministries educates and trains students in what it means to be a Chaplain, how to be a better Chaplain, and what further skills can be expanded to later benefit people in crisis. We also train volunteers not called to be a Chaplain.
We believe that Chaplaincy is a journey. As students go through training and further education, they acquire new knowledge and proficiencies that will provide confidence while practicing in the field and assist in gaining opportunities for further experience.
Along with certificate courses, we also provide a rigourous course in Chaplaincy that concludes with ordination and a Chaplain 1 certificate.
What is a Chaplain?
ministers to the needy
Chaplains provide a sacred perspective & spirit in a secular setting
A Chaplain brings compassionate care to those in despair. Ambassadors for Christ in high-crisis settings, chaplains navigate the difficult terrain of spiritual and emotional crisis management in the real world.
What do Chaplains do?
a spiritual paramedic
Often chaplains respond by helping people in crisis or with tragedy
Chaplains both understand and intentionally live out the scriptures. They make their time available to humbly and compassionately serve those in crisis and need, in a Christ-like manner.
Why be a Chaplain?
heed a calling to compassion
Chaplaincy is for those who feel called to compassionately care amidst communities facing tragedy
Feel called to bring hope to people? To be a rock in people’s worst storms? Are you a good listener? Do you have compassion for those in need? Chaplaincy may be for you.
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COURSE DESCRIPTION: As chaplains, pastors or church volunteers , if we are not careful, we can become victims of our own calling. It is your deep caring nature and heart for others that leads you to serve those in need. To continue to serve others who are in a crisis...
Chaplain students and volunteers seeking training may wonder what does it take to be ordained as a Chaplain. A person who is ordained has gained official status as a Chaplain through a sanctioned process through education and commitment to ministerial functions of a Chaplain, according to the ordaining organization. Living Shield courses are for both volunteers and those seeking Chaplainship. These courses include professional instruction, role playing real-life situations in small groups, preparation for application of Chaplain skills, and motivation.
Certification programs are available for a number of chaplainship and volunteer disciplines to enable students to better understand and prepare for the unique challenges likely to be presented.
Core Chaplain Classes
Obtain required Chaplain skills or enhance volunteer skills by enrolling and attending core classes. Students attend in-person to learn to master the skills of used by Chaplains to aid people in crisis.
Ordained and Endorsed
By obtaining a Chaplain 1 Certificate, students become eligible to apply for Ordination. Students then may apply also to be ordained by Living Shield Ministries.
Upper level Chaplaincy training and a broad-based selection of advanced Chaplain training programs in specific disciplines is available to those who want to sharpen their care.
A Chaplain may elect to serve in a particular discipline. We also offer courses to help students gain knowledge and focus for a single discipline.
Study with Experienced Teachers
Living Shield Ministries supports students through their journey of gaining skills, exercising them in real-world situations, and growing with each deployment or crisis. Our instructors have a depth of real-world experience from a wide variety of crisis management situations.
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Testimonials from Advocates
Living Shield Ministries trains Chaplains who impact the world around them. Below are some testimonials from advocates who have seen the work of our founder, Chaplain Steve Ballinger, and recommend Living Shield Ministries.
Whether consoling those impacted by natural disaster, or at the scene of tragic incident involving the death or severe injury of our public safety personnel, Steve and his team of Living Shield Ministry Chaplains are there…
I can personally attest ot the importance and benefit of having a chaplain to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of our members. In times of crisis, Chaplain Ballinger is there to offer comfort, guidance, and hope.
Chaplain Steve Ballinger (of Living Shield Ministries) is a man of God with a heart to minister to the needs of firefighters and police officers. He responded to the aftermath of 9/11, Katrina and numerous incidents in California. As a former Fire Captain and Pastor, he has the heart of a Chaplain.
Whenever the need presents itself in the Riverside Police or Fire Departments or the County District Attorneys Office, Steve can be counted on to make himself available before even being asked. The compassion, generosity of spirit, and experience he brings to the task are unbelievable…
It is without hesitation that I recommend Chaplain Steve Ballinger and Living Shield Ministries… took on this heavy burden of offering comfort… and provided inspiration and spiritual peace to a grieving Department and City.
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Chaplaincy is ministry on the move. Gaining further education by attending a future course now can enhance the quality of compassion and care in crisis.
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