Early Response Training

One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our CTC ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

If you are called to serve as a member of the CTC ERT, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by “authorized” UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training.  The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as well as some hands on experience in the specific tasks that Early Responders are expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster. PLEASE look below list of classes for MinistrySafe information related to requirements for our Early Response Teams and before you take a class.

Early Response Training Opportunities:

Early Response Re-certification Training Opportunities:
     Remember:  Re-certification is necessary every 3 years
     to stay current.

  • More classes will be scheduled soon for 2017!









UMCOR policy requires that there must be a minimum of seven persons registered in order to conduct a training class. If the class for which you have registered does not meet that minimum by the end of the Monday before it is scheduled, you will be notified of the cancellation and given the option to take the class at a later date.

**MinistrySafe is the official abuse prevention system for all churches in the Central Texas Conference (CTC). The transition from the Safe Sanctuaries prevention system to MinistrySafe will be complete by July 1, 2015.
ALL new Early Response Team Members are now required to be compliant with this policy.  This is for the safety of our children, youth and vulnerable adults.  (All current ERT members are asked to become MinistrySafe compliant but are not required to do so until they take their re-certification class.) Please contact your church in order to take this on-line training and go through the process which includes background check, application, interview and reference checks.  This MUST be completed before your training class and the MinistrySafe Compliance Form MUST be filled out and returned to Sheryl Crumrine, CTC Mission Support Asst. before you can attend the training.  Please remember that even though youth and children are not on your team the homes you are working on may have children, youth and vulnerable adults at that location.  Let us be good stewards of caring for God’s people!

Central Texas Conference Service Center
Attn: Sheryl
3200 E. Rosedale St.  Fort Worth, TX 76105
fax 817-338-4541