Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

Rural Issues: Social Concerns

Community Crises; Environment

Community Crises

  • Churches Can Help During a Time of Community Crisis

It seems that more and more, communities are undergoing crises of various types and severities, ranging from weather-related disasters to severe economic downturns. Such crises often bring hardship, trauma, change and struggle.

Most rural communities (or regions) have an emergency measures organization and plan (EMO). Town and country churches can contribute to these efforts by employing their own particular gifts to help communities prepare for and recover resiliently from such crises and disaster.

In 2012, CiRCLe M offered its first training program on rural crisis intervention for rural congregations in their communities . A second round of webinars was offered in May 2014.

The training webinars are not intended to provide certified disaster relief training but rather, to stimulate thinking about ways in which churches can contribute to plans and EMOs in their town or region.


Is your community interest in church and community crisis response training? Contact us by email or phone (306-966-7864)



“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

Information Column:
To Live with Respect in Creation

- by Angie Bugg

Angie manages energy conservation projects for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and is an active member of McClure United Church.

Selections from her column (below) offer thoughts, facts and practical suggestions for living sustainably.