How does the ReadyChurch training work?

The ReadyChurch training is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through the process of developing your congregation into a ReadyChurch. Below are the recommended process steps to developing a ReadyChurch.  ReadyChurch training provides you the eductation needed for your church and its individual members, to be spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically prepared to respond to emergencies both large and small. Discover what it takes to become a leader in your community to respond to the emergency in your zip code. Learn how it all works and what it takes to become a ReadyChurch.

Biblical Readiness

Biblical Readiness is the foundation for becoming a ReadyChurch and ReadyChristian. Understanding Biblical Readiness training provides you with an in-depth understanding of the foundations of Biblical Readiness, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Learn what Biblical Readiness is, assess how Biblically Ready your church currently is, and learn the principles that will strengthen your church’s Biblical Readiness. 

Leadership Development  

When an emergency occurs or there is a disruption to the church, organized teams will respond in accordance with established plans. Public emergency services may be called to assist. Contractors may be engaged and other resources may be needed.  Learn about the basic functions of the Church Emergency Leadership Team to leverage your existing staff and volunteer potential for mobilizing your church for community ministry.

Community in Need

Resource Management  

A small church can have a big ministry. Learn how to assess your Church’s resource capacity to respond to crisis in the community along with some practical steps in getting any church, no matter its size, ready to respond in emergencies. Download the Capacity Assessment Worksheets to discover what your church already has available internally to respond, the potential risks in your community and the organizational information that can be utilized in times of crisis to bring a Biblical Response.

Risk Assessment  

Knowing the risks that your community faces and the impact that those risks would have on your church are the first steps to being able to develop effective response plans. Assess what risks your Church faces using the Risk Assessment Template. Identify what the potential impacts on your ministry would be using the Impact Analysis Template. 

Response Planning

Once a church has evaluated their capacity, identified their church’s risks and the impact of those risks on their church operations, the next readiness step is to develop what is known as Emergency Response Plans. An Emergency Response plan is a series of plans that detail how the ReadyChurch will respond to the needs that arise from a crisis or disaster. The plans that are discussed include: Emergency Operations Plan, Ministry Continuity Plan, Emergency Operations Center Plan, Emergency Response Plan

Equips and Trains Your Church

Does your church know what it means to be Biblically Ready? Do they understand the emergency plans that your church has set in place? If there is a fire in your church would your employees know what to do? Are they familiar with the system that would alert members to evacuate, shelter or lockdown? Do they know who is in charge during an emergency? Do they know who is authorized to speak with the news media? Are members familiar with their responsibilities for building and information security? Can they carry out their assigned responsibilities during an emergency or church disruption? Equipping Your Church shows you how to equip your church members, through the ReadyChristian Campaign, to develop Biblical readiness and to be ready to respond.  

Trains Your Church in Networking with Churches

Have you recognized the need for collaboration among pastors and churches in your city? Recognizing the need for collaboration is just the beginning. As you are working to develop Biblical Readiness as a ReadyChurch, learn how to network other ReadyChurches in your city to develop Biblical Readiness together.

Biblical Readiness and Outreach

When is it appropriate to share Christ in emergencies? Are there federal rules against proselytizing if we are responding to a disaster? What is an effective way to share Christ when people are facing crises? These and many more questions will be addressed in Using Biblical Readiness as Outreach. Using the creation of prayer-care-share teams, discover ways that you can be effective at sharing the gospel in times of crisis.

Exercises Your Church Ability to Respond to the Need 

Evaluating the effectiveness of your current program is essential to knowing how Biblically Ready you really are. Making sure volunteers know what to do and finding any areas that can be improved are vital to the success of your ReadyChurch’s Biblical Response. We recommend doing this evaluation through a series of questions and scenarios known as a “table top exercise.” 

How do I get started?

Contat a CEN Advisor to help you start your ReadyChurch traning.