Sometime. Somewhere. It’s going to happen. There will be a crisis or controversy in your local church that requires composed and practiced response and handling. Remember, your church’s reputation is on the line. When it’s time to manage a tough situation, will you be ready to step up to the plate?
Managing a crisis effectively starts with proper planning—asking the questions, putting together a plan and letting everyone involved know that a plan exists. It takes time and there’s no better time than now. So when a crisis arises, everyone’s first question isn’t "what should we do?"
In a crisis, speed counts. Having a crisis plan in place will help you to move more quickly by providing guidance in the event that a crisis occurs.
Below is our District Crisis Communications Plan. Questions? Contact the District UMC Office at 757-665-6295 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2015, the District Superintendent appointed a team for crisis communication on our district.
Contact a team member if a crisis arises in a UM church on the Eastern Shore of Va:
Rev. Brenda Laws
Rev. Elizabeth Lutz
Mr. Wayman Trent
Rev. Janet C. Allen
Ms. Connie Owens
Rev. Peter Surran
Mr. Ricky Taylor
(District Superintendent is Chair)
Alex Joyner -757-999-4843
(District Lay Leader)
Jennifer Hume -757-678-6577
(Conference Director of Communications)
A team will be annually approved by the E.S. District Conference
Our District Crisis Communication Team has designed a plan.
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