ReadyChurch Training Program Guide

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Getting Started | Overview

ReadyChurch provides you an overview of the training 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.

Documents:

  • 10 minute video (coming soon)
  • Training Content
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Getting Started | 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.

 Documents:

  •  10 minute video (coming soon)
  •  Training Content
  •  ReadyChristian Biblical Readiness Assessment
  •  ReadyChurch Biblical Readiness Assessment
  •  Biblical Readiness Role Model Study Guide
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Getting Started | Leadership

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.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • 10 minute video (coming soon)
  • Incident Command Template (in development)
  • Incident Command Check List (in development)
  • CET SEMP Survey
  • CET Example Functions
  • CET Leadership Roles
  • Profile and Responsibilities of a CET Leader
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Planning | Resource Management

A small church can have a big ministry. Learn how to assess your Church’s resource capacity to respond 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 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.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • Resource Identification Worksheet
  • Organization Information Worksheet

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Planning | 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.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • Sample Risk Assessment Template
  • Sample Impact Analysis Template
  • Identifying Types of Crises and Disasters
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Planning | Response Plan

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:

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • Emergency Operations Center Manual
  • How to Write an Emergency Operations Plan for a CET
  • Ministry Continuity Plan Template
  • Sample Emergency Operations Plan Template
  • Sample Preparedness Levels
  • Houses of Worship EOP Guide (DHS)
  • Safety/Security Plan (Needs to be developed)
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Implementation | Equipping and Training 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 within 90 days.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • ReadyChristian Small Group Study
  • ReadyChurch Campaign Guide/Collateral (needs to be created/compiled)
  • Together We Will Stand
  • Together we will stand covenant
  • ReadyChristian Biblical Readiness Assessment
  • ReadyChurch Biblical Readiness Assessment
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Implementation | Networking with Other ReadyChurch(es)

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.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • ReadyIndy News Release
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Implementation | Using Biblical Readiness as 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.

Documents:

  • Training Content
  • Article l Gospel 911
  • Article l Lighting the Way in Disasters
  • Article l When is Sharing Christ Appropriate?
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Exercise | Is Your Church Ready 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.” Through these exercises, Is Your Church Ready to Respond will help…

  • Clarify roles and responsibilities of your leaders
  • Reinforce knowledge of procedures, facilities, systems and equipment
  • Improve individual performance as well as organizational coordination and communications
  • Evaluate policies, plans, procedures and the knowledge and skills of your emergency team members
  • Reveal weaknesses and resource gaps
  • Comply with local laws, codes and regulations
  • Gain recognition for the emergency management and ministry continuity program
  • Introduce a tabletop exercise
Documents:
  • Training Content
  • Response Checklist
  • Table Top Exercise Scenario #3
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Respond | Meet the Need

When collaborating to meet the needs of those in your church and community, most Christians will resort to using pen, paper, phone calls and emails. Meet The Need is a free, collaboration software that will enable you to collaborate online and increase your reach and effectiveness in helping meet others’ needs.  Learn how to setup your ReadyChurch Meet the Need portal and start organizing volunteers to meet needs today. more>>

Program Improvement | Discover Advance Resources

There are opportunities for improvement following an actual incident. Lessons learned from incidents that occur within the community or within the church challenge us for program changes or improvements. Instructional guidance, products and services can be obtained on the CEN website by going to the “Resource” section.  Resources have been identified by incident command roles so that each of your leaders can quickly find resources that pertain to his/her respective role.  Also, CEN has created memo of understanding with each organization that has developed these resources.  Each resource has a standard of delivery, assessment of capacity and is compliant with the CEN statement of faith.   Gaps and deficiencies identified during reviews are recorded and addressed through the CEN reviews section on each resource page, evaluations and improvements are conducted yearly and maintained on file by CEN. Some of these resources include…

Training | Ministry Continuity Planning >>

Service | Safety/Security Information Sharing >>

Product | Ministering to those in Crisis (TWWS) >>