Connecting Neighbors is a curriculum from UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. It is designed to inspire your congregation and community to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ways on behalf of the Church and in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
This workshop provides the framework for developing a disaster response preparedness and response plan. After the workshop, you will take the information learned back to your church to develop the full plan for your congregation.
.3 CEU credits are available for participants.
Lunch is available for $10 with advance registration.
The curriculum has 3 modules:
Module 1: Ready Congregants
focuses on preparing individuals and families to be disaster-ready.
Participants will be inspired to take action in order to prepare themselves, their households and others before and immediately following a disaster.
Module 2: Ready Churches
emphasizes the importance of protecting church property and the people within the property, before and immediately following a disaster, and the appropriate use of church property in disaster response.
Participants will (1) identify one or more steps to take in order to mitigate against disaster-caused damage to property; (2) identify one or more steps to take in order to prevent harm to people who are present in or on church property when disasters or emergencies occur; and (3) be able to assess the utilization of church property following a disaster within or near the community of the church.
Everyone, especially church leaders including, but not limited to, pastors, trustees, Sunday school superintendent, lay leader, missions coordinator, treasurer, and finance committee members, young adult and youth representatives, and others.
Module 3: Ready Response
encourages churches to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and to consider ways to engage community partners.
Participants will (1) be able to identify at least one disaster ministry their church might be willing and able to implement before and/or after a community disaster; and (2) initiate a preliminary plan to engage the church and to cooperate with other households of faith and the community in order to be prepared to respond in the event of a disaster.
Everyone interested in disaster-ready congregations and communities, particularly mission and outreach personnel, lay leaders, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, youth ministry leaders, lay servants, and Stephen’s Ministers!