"Connecting Neighbors” is UMCOR’s recently-updated program that gives congregations the tools and information they need to guide the development of their disaster-response ministries. Congregations that invest their time in “Connecting Neighbors” training are better prepared for what emergencies may come, able to draw on local resources more quickly in the wake of a disaster and more confident that United Methodists will be a resource for community recovery.
Too often we only think about disasters when they strike. When a disaster does strike (and it will) the community turns to the church for refuge, support, comfort, and hope. Are you prepared? The truth is, we can be preparing as individual disciples, as congregations, and as communities to prepare for and mitigate the effects of the next disaster.
Connecting Neighbors Training Events
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event.
February 10, 2018 Pittman Park UMC, Statesboro
March 10, 2018 Riverside UMC, Macon
April 28, 2018 Tifton FUMC, Tifton
Schedule for the Day | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:30 am -10:00 am Gathering and Registration
10:00 am - 10:50 am Welcome and Disaster Response Overview
Connecting Neighbors 101
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Breakout 1 (choose 1)
Ready Congregants – (Connecting Neighbors Module 2)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout 2 (choose 1)
Sheltering (Red Cross/Independent)
Ready Congregations: (Connecting Neighbors Module 3)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Closing
Ready Response: (Connecting Neighbors Module 4/Navigators)
Next Steps/Resources for Congregations