Camp Meeting Study System

What is a Chaplain?

“A chaplain is a certified clergy member (Male or Female) who provides spiritual care for individuals in a non-religious organization, rather than a church congregation. Chaplains can work in government roles and serve members of the military in different locations. They can serve patients in healthcare or hospice facilities. Working in police departments, fire departments, and prisons is also common for chaplains.” These positions may have specific organization-defined education requirements not listed here.

The Camp Meeting Study System

This program leads to Chaplain ordination in the

Fireside Talkers Ministry.

Since Chaplains may be ordained ministers, they can officiate ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. They can lead baptism services and rites for patients who are passing away. Chaplains can also take on the role of a spiritual leader for individuals who do not belong to a specific religious community.

Chaplains can also be un-ordained church leaders: in this task they may be limited in officiating but not in community or teaching the “Good News.”

What can you offer to others as a Chaplain? Teaching, Music ministry, Comforting the shut-in, the prisoner, the ill, the grief stricken, Baptism, Weddings or Funerals. Helping those that need Shelter, Food, Water and more.

A chaplain is, traditionally, a Spiritual Leader (such as a minister, priest, pastor, or rabbi), or a lay representative of a religious tradition,
attached to a secular institution (such as a hospital, prison, military unit, intelligence agency, embassy, school, labor union, business,
police department, fire department, university, sports club), or a private chapel.

In many places chaplains use live music as a therapeutic tool.
Music can aid in healing, access core faith and emotions,
and help to build rapport in the chaplaincy relationship.

Though originally the word chaplain referred to representatives of the Christian faith

“The Chaplain is qualified in Biblical text as an Evangelist.”


There are also chaplains to private clubs, television or radio stations, family, community teams, groups such as Boys’ and Girls’ Groups, Scout troops, airports, cruise ships, nightclubs, and theaters.
Some of these are elected positions or volunteer assignments and do not require ordination.

The Camp Meeting Study System gives you two tracks:

Track #1 Ordained Chaplain

Track # 2 Deacon Chaplain or Lay Chaplain .

What is a Deacon-Chaplin?

The term “deacon” means to minister or serve.
Deacons assist the Chaplain or Pastor, preach to the congregation
and reach out to the community.

Deacon, (from Greek diakonos)

Deacons (diaconate) began as a transitional order before ordination in the Church. We find a reference to Decans in Acts 6 and Romans 16:1–2

Do you need to be “Ordained” for this Role? No, in fact many people who are called to God’s service start as a lay leader or Deacon in the church. Later they may or may not become ordained. Each person is called in their own way.

“In the Fireside Talkers Ministry, our

Deacon-Chaplains are not ordained.”

However, they have an equal and special role in the Fireside Talkers Ministry. Ordination or lack of ordination dictates specific duties and rights that a Chaplain or Deacon-Chaplain may invoke or use.

The Chaplain is qualified in Biblical text as an Evangelist.

What does the The Camp Meeting Study System contain?

This is the Syllabus for the Chaplain Program:

Modules 1-20

  1. First Steps Toward the Ministry – Ministry, A Church, Ordination
  2. The Great Commission – Evangelist, Prophets, Teachers
  3. Bishops of the Church – Pastors, Ministers, Deacons
  4. Work of The Chaplain and The Deacon
  5. Fireside Talkers Ministry: The Out of doors
  6. Trinitarian, Determinism, Calvinism, Free Will, Arminianism
  7. Baptist, Anti-Baptist, Pentecostals
  1. Biblical Church of God, The Liturgical Calendar, Biblical Success
  2. Weddings, Baptism, Communion
  3. Sick and Dying, Death and Funerals
  4. Prison Ministry, Suffering Relief, Outreach
  5. Good Friday, Easter
  6. Preparing a Sermon
  7. The Organization of a Church
  8. Apostolic, Non-Trinitarian, Charismatic Churches
  9. Brief history of the Reformation
  10. The Great Schism
  11. Simon Magnus, Universalism
  12. Revelations
  13. Service to God

This is the Syllabus for the Deacon-Chaplain Program:

Modules 1-7

  1. First Steps Toward the Ministry – Ministry, A Church, Ordination
  2. The Great Commission – Evangelist, Prophets, Teachers
  3. Bishops of the Church – Pastors, Ministers, Deacons
  4. Work of The Chaplain and The Deacon
  5. Fireside Talkers Ministry: The Out of doors
  6. Preparing a Sermon
  7. The Organization of a Church
  8. Service to God

How does the Program work?

This is an online training program. We ask that you make a $14.95 Commitment each month. This will allow you and us to pay the program forward to the next group of Chaplains and Deacon-Chaplains.

Those in the Chaplain Ordination program will simply follow the Chaplain Ordination Track.

You will study one module at a time (mixed media).

After studying the module, you will be required to pass an open program module quiz with a 70% score.

Each Quiz is 10 questions. Upon completion of the Chaplain-Deacon Track you will be sent a Certificate and a Letter of Authority from the Fireside Talkers Ministry.

At this point you may choose to continue the training on to the position of Ordained Chaplain in the Fireside Talkers Ministry or begin the good works as a Chaplain-Deacon.

Fireside Talkers Bible Study Program

Fireside Talkers Ministry will be making available a two part Bible Study Program. As part of this program you will receive weekly sermon ideas and outlines. These will be in keeping with timely calendar events and holidays. As a member of the ministry that program will be made available to you.

Live and Online Events

Fireside Talkers Ministry will be hosting Online and Live Events over the Coming Year.

Our Future

At this time, Fireside Talkers Ministry has a vision of a bright and community based program.

This is what we see in our future:

  • 5-10 Acre property
  • Log Chapel
  • Meeting Dome
  • Kitchen (Small, drop-in place)
  • Area for a Yearly Tent Revival
  • Field area for parking
  • Yearly Camp Meeting

At this time, we have a three acres lot with a small building. This lot has been granted for our use while we locate a permanent site.
This Area is a low impact site for a weekend gathering, Fire Circle,
Limited to 12 people max.

News 1/1/2022
We are now planning for a summer get-together.
This gathering will be an outdoor event. The event will be
on or around a private campground. We hope to get back to working again on state or federal lands. This process will all depend on the rules for gatherings under current restrictions. All programs are Christian-based, and Fireside Talks will be putting out more information about our Ministry. At this time, we are in the organization phase. After all, the fillings are complete, you will see more info.
John Elden is finishing his Evangelistic training with the Graham program.
Also, John is happy to announce his Ordination and continued work and training in the Christian faith.

John Elden Gibbons’ goal with this Ministry, Fireside Talkers, is to promote and secure as many outdoor Chaplains through training, support, and programming as we can.