New Course for Support of Ministry Agents Following Disasters

Submitted by stephenrobbo on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 14:28

The DRCN is in the process of developing a new training course to support Ministers and other congregational leaders in the event of disaster.

Part of the charter of the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network is to provide support, educational resources to ministry agents in disaster-affected areas, and to help link them in to the recovery processes underway in their communities.  This new course “Ministers Support Training”, is designed  to prepare DRCN chaplains to do this.

It is based on material developed over a number of years by the Uniting Church (Synod of NSW and ACT) for training ministers in its Peer Support Team.  Peer support is well-used in many different spheres of work and life, and lends itself well to one ministry agent coming beside another.  The need for this is outlined in the research work of Rev. Dr. Stephen Robinson, “Ministry in Disaster Settings: Lessons from the Edge”.

The first pilot of this course will be run at Westmead on May 9th, 2017.

For enquiries email DRCN@nat.uca.org.au