The goal of Connecting Neighbors is to inspire congregations and communities to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ways on behalf of the church and in the spirit of Jesus Christ. The Connecting Neighbors material has something to excite and encourage any congregation.
It is designed in three modules so as to provide a touch-point for different audiences. Each module requires 2-3 hours for training.
Module 1: Ready Congregants
Focuses on preparing individuals and families to be disaster-ready. Participants will be inspired to take action in order to prepare themselves, their households and others before and immediately following a disaster. Target audience is Everyone!
Find out how prepared you are: How Prepared is Your Family
Module 2: Ready Churches
Emphasizes the importance of protecting church property and the people within the property, before and immediately following a disaster, and of appropriate use of church property in disaster response. Target audience is everyone, but especially church leaders, including, but not limited to, pastors, trustees, Sunday School directors, lay leader, missions coordinator, treasurer and finance committee members, young adult and youth representatives and others.
Module 3: Ready Response
Encourages churches to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and to consider ways to engage community partners. Target audience is everyone interested in disaster-ready congregations and communities, particularly mission and outreach personnel, lay leaders, UMW, UMM, youth ministry leaders, lay servants and Stephen Ministers.