Churches should take a leading role in disaster preparedness, regardless the size of the church. Churches are uniquely positioned to play a significant role in increasing the percentage of people who are prepared physically and spiritually. It is a “no-brainer” that much more would be accomplished if churches would work together in disaster preparedness and response. Chapter 15 presents church networking models to develop an effective inter-church communications system, help establish relationships with governmental officials and give guidance on how to mobilize effectively and quickly in times of crises.

Christians and the church also need to be prepared to help those who traditionally reject them and who hold widely disparate worldviews, both within our nation and internationally. It is important that we understand these views in order to minister to the people who hold a different worldview.

Significant segments of our society will not respond readily to the call for preparedness due to their pessimism about the future. Many are nihilistic, cynical, feel alienated, and mistrust traditional values. It is important for believers to come to grips with the fact that major segments of our nation’s young people are indifferent toward religion and may reject and even take a hostile stance toward the religion of their parents. Many do, in fact, believe in God or at least a “higher power” and are accepting the plurality of world religions. Those holding these views present a special challenge to the church and to those of us who are making the calls to prepare for storms that may lie ahead.

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