Life-Sustaining Church™

God designs local churches to give life through the gospel of Jesus Christ. But when disaster strikes, He also calls us to love our neighbors in life-sustaining ways (Luke 10:30-37). Is your church ready to serve others well when crises or catastrophes occur?

ADRN invites your local church to chart a course through five Life-Sustaining Church™ levels and be ready to serve disaster survivors. Groups of churches also coordinate in city “sectors” to form a Life-Sustaining Church Network™ with the support of ADRN Sector Leaders. Together, we build relationships, gather resources, and train congregations in disaster response through the I AM Ready™ Program.

This remarkable collaboration forms a unified entity to partner with local officials and other disaster relief organizations. As local churches unite, we put Jesus’ love on display (John 13:35), bring hope into crisis, and invite God to move through us to transform our city.

LEVEL 1

COMMITMENT READY

  • Join the network
  • Appoint a Disaster Relief Coordinator
  • Complete initial assessment and checklist
  • Begin training congregation members and gathering resources for disaster deployment

Click here for a printable Life-Sustaining Church Network™ chart.

LEVEL 2

CHURCH LEADERSHIP READY

  • Develop a Church Core Team
  • Establish a Disaster Training Plan for your church
  • Begin shepherding disaster survivors
  • Level up your congregation members through the I AM Ready™ program
  • Gather additional resources for disaster deployment

LEVEL 3

CONGREATION READY

  • Establish an Incident Management Team for your church
  • Establish a Disaster Readiness and Response Plan for your church
  • Continue shepherding disaster survivors
  • Level up your congregation members through the I AM Ready™ program
  • Gather additional resources for disaster deployment

LEVEL 4

COMMUNITY READY

  • Complete plans and assessments for your community in collaboration with other churches in your sector
  • Engage in regular community service opportunities
  • Continue shepherding disaster survivors
  • Level up your congregation members through the I AM Ready™ program
  • Gather additional resources for disaster deployment

LEVEL 5

CATASTOPHIC READY

  • Gather regularly with other pastors in your sector and have a plan in place to respond to crisis together
  • Coordinate with other churches in your sector to complete a Catastrophic Ready Plan
  • Participate in a catastrophic disaster simulation (minimum of once a year)
  • Continue shepherding disaster survivors
  • Level up your congregation members through the I AM Ready™ program
  • Gather additional resources for disaster deployment

For more information, contact our Network Development Team.