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 scroll down for mandatory MinistrySafe requirements for all ERT certification classes, as well as mandatory UMCOR background checks.



September 21, 2019 9am-5pm
Palmer FUMC
318 W. Jefferson Palmer, TX.
Class Fee $30
Registration Closes: September 15, 2019
Instructor: Donnie Sherwood
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September 28, 2019 9am-5pm

Alliance UMC
7904 Park Vista Fort Worth, TX.

Class Fee $30
Registration Closes: September 22, 2019

Instructor: Chuck Graff

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October 26, 2019 9am-5pm

Mooreville UMC

206 FM 2643 Chilton, TX.

Class Fee $30

Registration Closes: October 20, 2019

Instructors: Dan Fiero & Dave Scott

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September 28, 2019 9am-1pm

White's Chapel

185 S. White Chapel Blvd. Southlake, TX.

Class Fee $20

Registration Closes: September 22, 2019

Instructor: John Sandstrom

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November 2, 2019 9am-1pm

Acton UMC

3433 Fall Creek Hwy. Granbury, TX.

Class Fee $20

Registration Closes: October 27, 2019

Instructor: Susan Luttrell

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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). ALL Early Response Team Members are now required to be compliant with MinistrySafe. Please contact your local church in order to complete the on-line training and screening process which includes background check, application, interview and reference checks.  These steps MUST be completed BEFORE your training class and the MinistrySafe Compliance Form verifying that all steps have been completed MUST be completed by your church and returned to Clara Downey, CTC Disaster Response Asst. before you attend the training.  In addition, UMCOR now requires an independent background check thru Verified Volunteers. UMCOR ERT badges will not be processed until this background check is completed at There is no charge for this background check. Please remember that even though youth and children are not on your team the homes you are working on may have children or youth at that location.  Let us be good stewards of caring for God’s people!

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