Posted on December 9, 2011 by Naomi Finseth

January 28, February 14, February 18, March 3, 2012 What is the purpose?  To equip town and country churches to better understand and employ their particular gifts in helping their community prepare for and recover resiliently from crisis and disaster.   This doesn’t replace provincial emergency measures but rather intends to enhance those plans and expand …

January 28, February 14, February 18, March 3, 2012

What is the purpose?  To equip town and country churches to better understand and employ their particular gifts in helping their community prepare for and recover resiliently from crisis and disaster.   This doesn’t replace provincial emergency measures but rather intends to enhance those plans and expand the range of crises considered, with a special focus on how churches can contribute.

Who might be interested?  Congregations and communities that want to be ready to respond in an effective way, not just to weather-related disasters, but also to economic downturns, accidents, crime and other stressful events or chronic circumstances.

Who would be involved? Each town’s team will consist of 5-8 members.  Our hope is that half would be drawn from local churches, plus the social coordinator of any Emergency Measures Organization that the town or region has established, and any other town leadership that might be interested (eg council, chamber of commerce, health unit, fire/RCMP, etc).

What is the format? Four two-hour webinars to be offered on four Saturdays.   In between the webinars (perhaps immediately after) the teams would meet to prepare crisis intervention plans for their own community.

When are the Webinars? The training is packaged into four sessions.  Each session will be approximately 2 hours long, from 2 pm to 4 pm Saskatchewan time (1-3pm AB time, 3-5pm ON time, etc)

Saturday January 28
Saturday February 4
Saturday February 18
Saturday March 3

Who are the Key Organizers?

Mike Hoeft, Salvation Army Disaster services Coordinator for the Western region of the prairies in the Salvation Army

Cam Harder, Executive Director of CiRCLe M (Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry).

What is the Content?  Experienced trainers will lead the four webinars, focusing on how churches can contribute in four areas:

  1. disaster preparation and response;
  2. economic crisis;
  3. critical incidents;
  4. post-traumatic stress in individuals and communities.

In each case church’s facilities and resources, spiritual gifts and unique role in rural communities will be considered.

What is the Cost? $250/community

What is a Webinar and How Does it Work?

A Webinar is a computerized meeting that offers both live audio and video.

  • The seminar is interactive but takes place on computer.
  • The presenter—and any slides or files they want to show—can be viewed and heard on the website.
  • Participants and presenter can interact.
  • A moderator works in the background to make sure things are running smoothly and that questions and discussion can take place
  • Technical support is available by phone to help solve any connection issues.
  • No special training is necessary, but the group leader will be guided through the login process.

What do you need to participate in the Webinar?

  1. A phone line and speaker phone that can be heard up to 15 feet away when the volume is turned up.
  2. A computer (laptop is preferable).
  3. A computer projector (to connect to the laptop and project on a wall what is on the laptop screen so that the whole group can easily see it).
  4. A password to get into the website and a phone number for technical support if needed (will be emailed to the group leader a few weeks before the webinar)
  5. A telephone conference call number to phone into (be emailed to the group leader a few weeks before the webinar).

In Summary:

A pastor or community leader signs up with CiRCLe M, then recruits a community group that can meet on each of the webinar dates, and finds a place to meet that has a good phone and internet connection.

On the webinar dates the group meets at the arranged location.  A laptop is connected to a video projector that all can see.

The group leader logs in to the webinar website.

The group leader turns on the speaker phone and calls the conference call number.

The webinar proceeds.  It will begin with some presentation.  The presenter may occasionally pause and ask the group to do some small group discussion, or give an opportunity to answer questions.  Questions may be posed through the phone (get close to it so you can be heard), or typed into a chat box that will show on the computer screen.

After the webinar the group will have some “homework” to do before the next webinar—eg. some assessing of their particular community’s situation, making some initial plans, etc.  The group will decide when they will meet to do this (perhaps immediately after the webinar, or before the next one).

Is your church and community interested?   For more information contact Cam Harder: Email

To sign up call CiRCLe M (Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry) at 306-966-7864 or email.

In order to register, please make your cheque payable to Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry and mail to Room 447 – 1121 College Drive, Saskatoon SK  S7N 0W3.

When you register, we ask that you provide your contact information so that we can send you  notices and webinar access information:

Group Leader Name:
Phone Number:
Mailing Address:
Email Address:

The first of four training sessions begins January 28th.  Registration is due by January 20th…but please register early to ensure that the webinars go ahead.


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