Disaster Response is an effective ministry by which we become instruments of God’s healing and hope. By becoming the hands and feet of Christ, we share in a commitment to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people in a time of crisis.
Local churches are in a unique position to be a positive force in response to disasters. While local church plans can not lessen the impact of a disaster, a well thought out and followed plan can help mitigate the emotional and spiritual impact.
At the 2008 UMCOR Academy, Connecting Neighbors, conference personnel were equipped to return to their respective conferences and share information for developing local church disaster response ministries. Part of this training is working with local churches to develop a written disaster response plan. If you need more information, or to schedule a Connecting Neighbors event at your church, please contact:Jeremy Wicks West Michigan Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (517) 623-6594 / firstname.lastname@example.org