Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a Christ-centered partnership of national, state and associational ministries serving through the local church to bring help, healing and hope to individuals and communities affected by disaster. The IBSA Disaster Relief Ministry is comprised of approximately 1,500 volunteers from all over the state who are committed to sharing the hope of Jesus with those whose lives have been impacted by disasters.
Our specialized areas of ministry include: chainsaw, flood recovery/mudout, food preparation, chaplaincy, childcare, shower unit, and the communications unit. More ministry information is available here: DR training descriptions
Disaster Relief Training Information
Disaster Relief Training Weekends involve a Friday evening and Saturday daytime schedule. The Chaplaincy class begins earlier on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. It is preferred for a new volunteer to attend the Friday evening Introduction to Disaster Relief 101 Class and then take specialty classes on Saturday. However, if your schedule only allows for you to attend on Saturday you can still become a certified Disaster Relief Volunteer. For more information about the weekend schedule, class descriptions, or frequently asked questions about Disaster Relief Training, see the links below.
2015 DR Training Dates and Locations
Central - March 20-21 Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, IL
North - April 17-18 Streator Baptist Champ, Streator, IL
South - October 9-10 Lake Sallateeska Baptist Camp, Pinckneyville, IL (Registration for this training will be available in July)
Frequently Asked Questions
Disaster Relief Training Agenda Sample
All new volunteers are required to take Introduction to Disaster Relief 101. It is offered on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There are two class periods on Saturday (morning and afternoon). Early registrations are encouraged and should be completed at least 2 weeks before the event. Training fees: New trainees - $30 Renewal - $10. Lodging cost is an additional $10 at Lake Sallateeska. You must bring your own bedding for dorm style sleeping.