Types of Training We Offer
UMVIM Team Leader Training
This is a 6-8 hour class, offered at least twice annually in each Annual Conference. It prepares you to lead an UMVIM Team locally, nationally, or globally. Topics covered include: Best Practices, Cultural Awareness, Health & Safety, Team Orientations, Useful Forms, and Fundraising. All team leaders must be Safe Sanctuaries certified to complete the course.
Early Response Team (ERT)
Early Response Teams provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. They are not first-responders, but arrive in the early phases of the relief effort mucking out flooded homes, removing debris, gutting damaged structures, tarping roofs, and assessing damage. This training takes 8 hours and is offered periodically in each Annual Conference by UMCOR-trained persons. Successful completion of the training and background check makes you eligible to receive a badge. An ERT Training is valid for 3 years. You must take a 4-hour ERT Recertification course to renew your badge.
Connecting Neighbors is a 3-module disaster preparedness curriculum developed by UMCOR that helps individuals, churches, and communities prepare a disaster plan. Its purpose is to inspire congregations to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative, and caring ways on behalf of the church and in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Each module is 2 hours in length. These trainings are available in your area upon request.
Each year, the UMVIM-NEJ draws on the expertise of folks from our General Boards and Agencies like UMCOR, Global Ministries, as well as the expertise in our own leaders from churches and annual conferences in the Northeastern Jurisdiction to offer in-depth and specialized classes. Among these are ERT 200-level courses, Train-the-Trainer events, 50/50 Partnerships, and classes that explore the intersectionality of mission and disaster response with other issues like poverty, racism, and environmental justice.