Editors’ Note: This is the first in a new column by psychologist and disaster ministry expert Dr. Jamie D. Aten who serves as the Rech Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Look for more monthly columns from Jamie here in the future.
If your church’s doors are open after a disaster—even if your church isn’t left physically standing—it’s likely people will seek help from your church.
However, I’ve found few churches are truly prepared to respond to disasters that may occur, especially in their own backyard.
I’ve interviewed church leaders about disaster ministries all over the globe, and I’ve found a common barrier to getting started: many don’t know where to begin. That’s why, in this column, I provide some simple steps for laying a foundation for developing a successful disaster ministry.