Most churches, businesses, and organizations fail to prepare for any kind of disaster. The result is that each of these entities lessen their ability to survive and recover. However. a far greater tragedy is that the church often fails to minister in a positive and effective manner following disasters.
Kentucky Disaster Relief’s strategy plan, “Ready Church,” enables congregations to Prepare, Connect, and Respond in times of disaster. This strategy empowers churches to be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ to their hurting neighbors. Ready Church also offers valuable discipleship in disaster preparation and practical wisdom in establishing effective response plans.
God has placed the local church in a community to be a light that reflects the hope of Christ. Disasters create unique opportunities to share that hope and to offer the Good News of the Gospel. Ready Church enables believers to fill gaps of need and to make a life-changing impact on our neighbors and community.
Paul challenges Titus and the church in Titus 3:1:
“To be ready for every good work.”
Why Ready Church?
- Communities across the Commonwealth have the potential for tornadoes, floods, ice storms, public shootings, earthquakes, severe storms, power outages, fires, industrial accidents, fatal vehicle crashes, and terrorist attacks.
- Kentucky has people who need compassionate ministry in the midst of loss and tragedy. God encourages us throughout Scripture to minister to widows. orphans, strangers, the broken, the wounded, and the “least of these.”
- Kentucky has people who need Christ. Compassionate ministry creates opportunities to share the Gospel and hope of Christ. Disasters open doors that have often been closed to the Gospel, if churches are prepared to respond to our hurting neighbors with positive and caring ministry.
IS YOUR CHURCH READY?
Join us to learn more about Ready Church during Super Saturday events sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention;
Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington on August 22
Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah on August 29
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville on September 12
Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green on September 19
You can contact Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief at (502) 489-3527, (866) 489-3527, or at [email protected]st.org for more information or to coordinate a Ready Church training in your area.