Churches Dealing with Disaster
When disaster strikes, United Methodists respond with prayers and support.
Learn from the stories of United Methodists congregations that have faced hardship, healing and hope after disasters.
- United Methodists Responding to Disaster
- Top four worst, and best, ways to help after a disaster
- The theology behind disaster relief, recovery
- United Methodist Committee on Relief
- Top Four Worst and Best Ways to Help after a Disaster (PDF)
- United Methodist Insurance
Disaster preparedness and response
Storms and flood
Part I of this series shares how the United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to disasters. The next four segments tell the stories of three churches — in Alabama, Indiana and North Dakota — that are recovering from tornadoes and floods.
- When disaster hits: Churches must prepare
- When disaster hits: Lessons from others
- Disaster recovery: Minot celebrates beginnings
- Disaster recovery: Harvest reaps blessings
- Disaster recovery: Indiana town bounces back
During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. This special news series reported on the damage from those fires, the response to the affected congregations and what churches can do to protect themselves.
- Church fires challenge United Methodists (Part 1)
- Arsonists torch four neighboring churches (Part 2)
- Church fire offers 'moments of deep grace' (Part 3)
- How do you protect your church property? (Part 4)