Service Opportunity: LCMS LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team)

Location:  Christ The Rock Lutheran Church, 8330 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108

Date, Time & Cost: Saturday, February 3rd  2024 (Registration 8:30 - 9:00am, Training 9 - 1:00 pm), Cost ($35.00 New Certification, $15.00 Re-certifying).

Description:  Please consider attending LCMS LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) volunteer training offered by Lutheran Church Charities. Federal guidelines indicate that volunteers responding to a disaster should be trained and certified. Should a disaster strike, you could deploy to a disaster site and serve those affected in a church and community. This training will prepare LERT team members for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders. This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a national network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams. After the training, you will receive a certificate, ID badge, manual, vest and a T-shirt. Your LERT Trainer will distribute all class materials for and after the class.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrations must be received two weeks prior to the training day to ensure a shirt at the time of the class. Registrations received after that date will have shirts sent with your badge.

In the chaos of disaster, it's important to stay focused on the task at hand.  This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or to respond to a disaster in your community or beyond.  At the center of our LERT Volunteer training is one thing:  MERCY!  Christ's mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.  This training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike your community.  After a brief introduction regarding the goals and theological rationale of LCM Disaster Response, the LERT volunteer training will address the following:  

  • Christian care in times of disaster
  • A Ministry of Presence
  • The LERT Program and how it works with other responders
  • Introduction to Disaster Response
  • LCC/NID Disaster Response & Deployment Protocol
  • Service Opportunities after a Disaster & Safety Protocol

Additional Details:

Must be 15 and older, Is Not Outdoors, Is Wheelchair Accessible.
                Drinks & snacks will be provided
       LERT Trainer will distribute all class materials for and after the class
           Registration must be completed on both the LCMS-DR and LCC sites

To register, please go the the following web address: