How Does Your Church Respond to Disaster?

January 15, 2010 by

In the face of tragedy the church is rising up. It’s amazing to see so many examples of the church being, well, the church. I’d link to them, but let’s not play favorites. Let’s share stories.

Post examples of what your church is doing or what you’ve heard other churches doing in the comments or over at the Church Marketing Lab where a discussion is already going.

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6 Responses to “How Does Your Church Respond to Disaster?”

  • Geoff in CT
    January 15, 2010

    By noon on Wednesday we had determined that we would do a special offering this Sunday for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Haiti Emergency Fund. We announced it in our newsletter that went out that night, and on our website the next morning.


  • Caleb
    January 15, 2010

    We created a new page on our website, “Helping Haiti,” with information on how people can help. It includes prayer guides, links to relief organizations we support, our plan to give money to our denomination’s haiti churches, and eventually send relief workers.
    We also sent out information in an email newsletter and will include a special time of prayer in our weekend services.


  • Rog Hill
    January 15, 2010

    The day of, we were swamped with emails and phone calls from our folks. I love it! We will be collecting money for the next 3 weeks or you can give on line at our website. All money will go to World Vision, as they are already on the ground there and set up.


  • Steve
    January 15, 2010

    We’ve got some personal connections with people in Haiti (both through missionaries and family members of church members). As of right now, we have only given our members the resources to give financially to help other organizations who are down there in the trenches. I believe, over time, we will perhaps offer other ways to help, but that is what we are doing currently.


  • Kevin D. Hendricks
    January 18, 2010

    My church has a 20-year partnership with some organizations in Haiti, so we’ve been working to make sure our friends are OK, praying for them, and collecting donations. Nothing ground-breaking or huge, but vitally important. We had a stretch of congregational prayer for Haiti during yesterday’s service that was pretty cool.
    And it’s not my church’s project, but I launched a little fundraiser called Color4aCause to support my church’s efforts.


  • Mary
    January 24, 2010

    One church in my area donated all last weekends offerings to Haiti, $220,000.00. They also prepared 200,000 meals to be shipped to Haiti.



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