Church and disaster management

Disasters are one of the most significant causes of poverty, and poverty is one of the key factors that lead to disasters having a devastating impact. The majority of poor communities around the world are vulnerable to disasters of one kind or another. Helping churches and their communities to prevent disasters, reduce their impact when they do occur, and rebuild livelihoods and communities in the aftermath is therefore crucial. This work is known as disaster management.

The work of disaster management can best be done when local churches and their communities work together with specialist NGOs and relief agencies. This section explores the strengths and weaknesses of the church in disaster management, and the potential complementary roles it can play alongside specialist agencies.

  • Disasters and the local church - Published in 2011, this book provides guidelines for church leaders in disaster-prone areas of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengths of the local church in disaster management
  • Constraints and challenges of working with the local church in disaster management 
  • Roles of the local church in disaster management
  • Key principles for NGOs and relief agencies when working with local churches in disaster management
  • Case studies

A full published report on The local church and its engagement with disasters (PDF 184 KB).

Guidelines and training materials on how to lead participatory processes that help communities reduce the risk of disasters

In-depth resources on disaster management and disaster risk reduction