Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

Rural Issues: Social Concerns

Community Crises; Environment

Community Crises

Church AND Community - Crisis Response Training

Emergency measures organizations and local churches in western Canadian town and country communities
came together and participated in training for crisis preparedness.

To strengthen local emergency plans... 
so that the gifts of the church will be part of those plans... and be put to good use during times of great need.

you can watch and/or read MORE about this training:

Video Links:

1) Click here to watch a video that gives snapshots of what's in each of the nine training videos.
2) see table below for links to each training session.


3) Click here for a written synopsis on what is in each of the nine training sessions.
4) Click here for a companion handbook. Its purpose is to accompany the videos with the following information:

  • brief summaries of what each training video contains
  • presenters' biographies
  • resource materials
  • presenters' notes
  • emergency contacts in the various provinces
  • questions that communities might consider to help them think through various issues for crisis planning in their area.


Individual Training Sessions:
Introduction and Purpose http://youtu.be/v4U5iWhXJFc 
Church and Community Working Together - Pincher Creek Story - Part 1 http://youtu.be/PIqv-mvLukg
Components of Emergency Management http://youtu.be/rMpWy2Ntbls
Psychological Effects of Trauma http://youtu.be/LxY0DzSPXKg
Supporting People after Trauma and Disaster http://youtu.be/6yY-voq7fIQ
High River Flood 2013 http://youtu.be/bN3ZB187yUE
Caring for Communities in Economic Crisis http://youtu.be/7mkRu989O2A
Response to Man-Made Disaster - Giant Mine Explosion http://youtu.be/z4GxmDotUEE
Community Resiliency http://youtu.be/tgQ1hAVhz2o
Church and Community Roles in Crisis Intervention - Pincher Creek Story - Part 2 http://youtu.be/tI5WXxYWn94
Concluding Remarks and Next Steps


Background to this project:
It seems that more and more, communities are undergoing crises of various types and severities, ranging from weather-related disasters, to man-made crises, to severe economic downturns, and so on. These events often bring hardship, trauma, change and struggle.

Most rural communities (or regions) have an emergency measures organization and plan. But churches are typically not engaged in the development of these plans. Yet... we know that town and country churches can contribute to emergency response, in a big way.... 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 online training program on rural crisis intervention for rural congregations in their communities . A second round was offered in 2014.

The training webinars are not intended to provide certified disaster relief training, but rather, to stimulate thinking about ways in which churches (and other local organizations) can contribute to emergency planning in their town or region.

Is your community interested in church and community crisis response training? Contact us by email.


CiRCLe M is grateful to the two granting agencies who share our vision for engaging local people in local emergency response.
Their generous financial support helped make this year's project possible.

We extend our sincere thanks to

The Calgary Foundation
Lutheran Triune Educational and Benevolent Society of Calgary



“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.