Disaster Response Training Opportunities Sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance disaster response training, sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and its presbyteries, will be offered by five presbyteries across the region to better serve you!

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves? Plan to attend one of these informational training sessions, with resources from the PDA. These trainings are  sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity with five presbyteries across the region.

  • Wednesday, September 5 at the First Presbyterian Church 47 Walnut Street, Milton, PA 17847 (Northumberland Presbytery).
  • Thursday, September 6, at the Providence Presbyterian Church 2401 Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601 (Huntingdon Presbytery)
  • Thursday, September 27 at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304 (West Virginia Presbytery)
  • Monday, October 15, at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Town Center, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (Presbytery of Philadelphia)
  • Wednesday, October 17 at the Crestfield Camp & Conf. Center 195 Taggart Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 (Pittsburgh Presbytery)

Information at syntrinity.org/PDA Registration $10 per person

Click here for a flyer to download and share with your congregation!

EVENT SCHEDULE: Each event site includes the following two training opportunities:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. – Disaster Preparedness and Engagement: “Blessed to be a blessing.” This workshop will have a dual focus. Participants will gain valuable insight on how to prepare themselves and their congregations for a disaster. In addition, participants will discover ways to bring their God-given talent, time and resources to a response-and-recovery effort in their community.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch included
  • 1:30 p.m. – Human-Caused Disasters: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Violence changes everything, and it requires different skills from responding to natural disasters. Participants will learn definitions and guidelines for human-caused disasters, trauma, clergy care, congregational care, worship and liturgy, media relations and long-term emotional and spiritual care. In addition, participants will be able to bring their learnings directly to their ministry context.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Closing remarks

Click here to register online 


  • How to Accompany People in Trauma (Sept. 5, Sept. 27) “Remember, I am with you.” This session will address ways that we can accompany people who have experienced the trauma of natural disasters. It will focus on key concepts of ministry of presence, common pathways of response to and recovery, common signs of stress and coping, and principles of building resilience to stress and trauma.
  • Compassion Fatigue (Sept. 6) “Do not grow weary in doing what is good.” Faith leaders who invest spiritual and physical energy in following the teachings of Jesus to face a world of need and diminishing resources. At times ministry is fatiguing. Learn why we suffer symptoms of compassion fatigue and learn the five simple practices that can refuel us and restore our joy and energy in ministry.
  • Immigration Issues (Oct. 15, Oct. 17) “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Aid to refugees and displaced persons is PDA’s birth story. Many Presbyterians, however, are not familiar with PDA’s role in engaging Presbyterians in refugee ministries or our history in helping to establish refugee-serving organizations all over the United States. Participants with learn of the ways in which this ministry is carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations.