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Sept, 2014
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Joining Jesus on His Mission


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In this Edition:

  • Emergency Response Webinar
  • Campus Ministry



When disaster strikes: 

Free webinar helps congregations, 

other community organizations prepare


How prepared is your congregation or organization to respond effectively and with confidence when disaster strikes, whether it's following a devastating tornado like Joplin, Mo.; a school shooting like Newtown, Conn.; a superstorm like Katrina or Sandy, or an individual member's house fire?

September is National Preparedness Month, and this free, one-hour webinar, from (U.S. Eastern) - will help equip you with practical ways your congregation or organization can prepare for disaster - and get ready to help your community recover, too!

Don't miss this special opportunity to learn from the coeditors of the valuable new "how-to" guide "Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations." 

For more information about the book, visit

Amy Gopp, Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service, and Brandon Gilvin, Associate Director of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s Week of Compassion, will share lessons from real-life experience to help congregations and other community organizations to expect the unexpected and respond in ways that help and not hinder survivors' relief and recovery.

Topics to be covered include:

- "Systems and Supplies: Some Lists and Tasks for Preparing         Your Congregation for a Disaster"

- "Knowing When to Stay and When to Go: A Guide to                     Volunteering"

- "The Long-Term Recovery Process and Your Faith                       Community"

- "The Importance of Spiritual and Emotional Care"

The webinar will include ample time for questions and answers.  Space is limited, so please register early!  Go to




Campus Ministry Ideas and Encouragement




I'm Eric Johnson, your Mission and Ministry Facilitator.
My job is to support you and your congregation in your mission & ministry within the walls of your church building and especially outside your walls in the community where people who don't yet know Jesus live and work.


Areas where I can be helpful include, but are not limited to, Small Groups, VBS, Sunday School, Confirmation, Building Bridges to the community around your church, Outreach/Evangelism, Youth, and Stewardship.  


Let me know what you need, I can help.


My specialty is helping congregations grow by building bridges in their communities to reach people who don't yet know Jesus.  


When you find that you and your congregation can use some suggestions with ideas and resources, I'm here to help.  


You can reach me @     

or by calling my direct line @ 985-796-7175


Your Servant In Christ's Mission,


Eric Johnson