Monday, October 22, 2018

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Share your stories and ideas with the network as you respond to crisis and disaster.

Crisis Disaster Mgmt
The focus of CEN training is to prepare Christians, Churches and Communities to be prepared to serve their community in times of crisis or disaster. Many people fall into the mindset that “disaster could never happen here!” It is important, however, to understand that crisis and/or disaster affects everyone at some point in their life.

 

Disasters are defined as: “a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.”

Crisis is defined as: “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point; a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.”

Using these two definitions, people face crisis and disasters every day.

Chances are you know of someone who is facing an event that has caused great hardship, or is at a turning point in their life in which the decision they are facing will shape and affect the direction of their life.

So, what can we do?

The first, and probably the most important thing is to be THERE. As is stated in a popular phrase, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Just being there to offer a hug, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, is the often the most helpful thing you can do to help people going through crisis or disaster.

Secondly, offer your support. Whether that is prayer, helping with stated needs (physically, emotionally, spiritually, or mentally).  Be AWARE of what their needs are and do what you can to help them…even if it is to refer them to someone else.

And finally, do what you can to be READY to help. In the case of someone who is going through a spiritual crisis, learn and practice how to share your personal faith story. If they are going through a physical crisis or disaster, take time to learn how to help. There are many training programs available to help with all kinds of situations. Pick one or two and take steps to prepare.

For more information on how to prepare individually, download our FREE ReadyChristian Training.

For more information on how to prepare your church, sign up for one of our FREE Discovery CEN Webinars that will outline the initial steps to take to become a ReadyChurch. 


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