Past Offerings


The Second Annual Disaster Ministry Workshop

Presented by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College

Keynote speaker: Stephan Bauman, CEO, World Relief

June 10 - 12, 2014

Earn a Certificate of Completion in Disaster Ministry. The primary goal for this workshop is to equip pastors and church leaders who will be able to lead their congregations in developing effective disaster ministries. This three-day workshop builds on our first very successful workshop that was attended by participants from all over the U.S. and six different countries. In this workshop you will learn about: how to help your congregation and communities be more disaster resilient, theology behind church engagement in disasters, specific plans for making your church disaster ready, disaster spiritual and emotional care, state and federal resources, international programs, and more.  To register for this workshop call (630) 752 5104 or email

Public Health Emergency Preparedness: A Workshop for Congregations and Faith-Based Organizations

Presented jointly by The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College, the Cook County Department of Public Health, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

This FREE workshop is for people from all congregations and faith-based organizations who wish to learn how to design, implement, and operate a program to promote greater public health preparedness among those you serve. Participants will receive individual consultation from HDI on their program. 9 AM to 4 PM. Call (630) 752 5104, or email

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Reception with Bishop Efraim Tendero

Monday, September 30, the Humanitarian Disaster Intitute is hosting a reception for Bishop Efraim Tendero, head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC).  Bishop Ef (as he likes to be called) is also in line to become head of the Asia Evangelical Association.  He is a graduate of Trinity Seminary and has been head of PCEC for 20+ years.  PCEC is partnering with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute on a project in the Philippines, an effort that may, with Bishop Ef’s assistance, become a SE Asia Region project.

Bishop Ef will share some thoughts about partnering with Wheaton and HDI as well as describing the work in the Philippines. 

Date:  September 30, 2013

Time:  6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Place: Fireside Room, Beamer Center

Light refreshments will be served.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to the Psychology Department by calling X5104 or emailing Linda Bretz at

For more information on the Philippine project with Bishop Tendero>>

Community Emergency Response Team Course for Faith-based Organizations

Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute and the Milton Township’s Citizen Corps are partnering together to offer a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course for Faith-based Organizations. This is a free course for those who live and work DuPage County. The course is aimed at training and equipping volunteers to respond to and meet the needs of DuPage County’s citizens during a disaster. Participants completing the training will become certified by the state. We encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community to take part in this unique training opportunity. The course will meet at the College of DuPage from 6:30 to 9:30 on the following Monday evenings: Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, and Oct 21.

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Solidarity in Disaster Management Conference

The Philippines are the number three disaster risk country in the world (according to the UN) with an average of 26 typhoons a year, plus fires and volcanoes. Add extreme poverty to that, and you have a very challenging setting for ministry. Philippine pastors have been faithful and determined in their response and have learned a great deal about disaster ministry and coping with minimal resources. On September 16 2013, a diverse group of organizations will meet for the week to discuss what the rest of the world can learn from the Philippines, and in return, how to better support the work of the church in the Philippines and the entire SE Asia basin.

The aims of the program are:
1. As a church in a high disaster risk region, identify how the church in the Philippines has engaged in disaster ministry, including what can be learned from the ministries to the benefit of other churches, and how these ministries can be strengthened.
2. Train church leaders in disaster ministry (topics based on April survey of church and denomination leaders)
3. Produce a position paper on equipping and supporting the church in the developing world for disaster ministry
4. Recruit a group of church volunteers to pilot a support toolkit for the Philippine church.

The meeting will be at The Legend Villas-Mandaluyong Hotel. The conference is subsidized by several grants, and so the cost is only $250 for the week, including meals and hotel.

The key speakers include:

From the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
Bishop Ef Tendero
Joy Eva Famador

From Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster Institute:
David Boan, co-director Wheaton HDI
George Kalantzis, Professor of Theological, Wheaton College

From the World Evangelical Alliance:
Mark McLeod: WEA Liaison DM Task Force
Rev. Kenichi Shinagawa, General Secretary JEA, Japan
Jonathan Wilson, Director CRASH, Japan

From Micah Network:
Melba Maggay: director of ISACC, Philippines
Roshan Mendis: director of LEADS, Sri Lanka
Chung Chan: director Cedar Fund, Hong Kong
Rhiannon Lloyd: director Healing the Nations

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For more information, or to discuss being a sponsor (see below) you may contact any of the

David Boan

Sheryl Haw

Bishop Efraim Tendero

Sponsor Information:

This program is partly subsidized by grants in order to make it possible for a select group of pastors serving the poorest of the poor in the Philippines to attend for free. Sponsorships are requested to help with a matching grant opportunity and to assist with follow-up training and related programs.

Suggested sponsorship amounts are:

Attendee Sponsor (cover the cost for a person to attend the program): US$250 per person.

Program Sponsor: US$1,000

Underwriting Sponsor: US$5,000 (or more)

Sponsors may contribute funds to the PCEC, Wheaton College, or Micah Network. Funds
contributed to Wheaton College are applied to a matching grant.

Shelter-In-Place Traning

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute is collaborating with FEMA to offer a shelter-in-place training opportunity for congregations and faith-based organizations. This event will be held June 27, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – noon at Wheaton College at the Billy Graham Center room 134. Shelter in place is a protective measure and an appropriate response to a number of natural and man-made disaster situations. Whether the circumstance is a chemical spill, severe weather or a radiological event; shelter-in-place is an option that should be considered. Shelter-in-place however is not a one size fits all remedy and many variables such as geographical and environmental conditions, available staff and resources, onsite visitors and activities, and communication capabilities affect the successful accomplishment of this option.

This workshop trains facilitators from local congregations, communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government who then return to their respective groups with the resources needed to lead fellow members through shelter-in-place issues and problem solving. The approach builds on the understanding that people are more resilient and better able to deal with emergencies when they have an opportunity to think about the issues they would face in advance and figure out what can be done to resolve the obstacles. This event is being offered free of charge. To register, please email

2013 Disaster Leadership Workshop

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute would like to invite faith and community leaders, along with others interested in church-focused disaster preparedness, to the Disaster Leadership Workshop being held at Wheaton College on June 4-7, 2013. This workshop will lead to a Certificate of Completion. The primary aim of this workshop is to equip pastors and church leaders to be able to lead their congregations in developing effective disaster ministries. Workshop participants will learn: how churches can make their members and communities more disaster resilient; the theology behind church engagement in disasters; specific plans, programs, and resources to help your church become disaster ready; global models of church-based disaster resilience, and much more.

Learn more about this workshop and certificate of completion program>>

Symposium on Poverty and Resilience

Join the Justice Coalition, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Global Urban Perspectives, The Urban Studies Club, and Bread for the World for a screening of “The Line,” a powerful documentary on poverty in America. The film portrays the personal stories of four Americans living below the poverty line, including a former business executive in DuPage County. After the screening, you will have an opportunity to discuss your reaction and hear from several Wheaton professors and a local spokesperson for Bread for the World, a grassroots Christian advocacy group working to reduce hunger and poverty. You will also hear about and have an opportunity to take action. This event will be held at Wheaton College in the Phelps Room of the Beamer Center on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Disaster Chaplaincy Forum: Disaster Leadership in Japan

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute supported the third disaster chaplaincy forum in collaboration with the Japan Evangelical Association for Japanese church leaders in Toyko, Japan in February 2013. This forum focused on disaster leadership, and specifically on how to lead a team in a disaster situation. Next steps include HDI assisting in the creation of online tutorials for Japanese clergy by supplying information and materials (e.g., tip sheets) related to psychological and spiritual first aid, assessment and intervention, and disaster leadership.

Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care in Professional Psychology

This workshop will introduce an integrative approach to disaster spiritual and emotional care in professional psychology. Practice guidelines for integrative disaster spiritual and emotional care are offered, as well as a series of diverse examples of faith based disaster interventions. Theological and integrative implications are also raised, as well as thoughts on how disaster spiritual and emotional care will contribute to the future of integration. Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Regent University.

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Symposium on Child Slavery and Trauma in Haiti

Wheaton College's Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) in partnership with the Restavek Freedom Foundation is hosting a symposium on child slavery and trauma in Haiti at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 22 in the Phelps Room of the Todd M. Beamer Student Center.

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Disaster Chaplaincy Forum: Building Church Networks in Japan

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute participated in the November Chaplaincy Forum in collaboration with the Japan Evangelical Association for Japanese pastors in Tokyo, Japan in November 2012. HDI provided: 1) case study background information on disasters and disaster response based on experience in Hurricane Katrina disaster relief; 2) instruction on disaster spiritual and emotional care assessment and interventions; and 3) training on building church networks for disaster preparation and response.

"Don't Give Up on Me: Interrupting Urban Violence and Poverty"

The documentary "The Interrupters" will be shown at Wheaton College at 7 p.m. Friday, November 9. Film director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz created the documentary by following the lives of three community activists fighting to interrupt the violence haunting the city of Chicago.

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Faithful Readiness

On November 7, 2012, the American Red Cross, Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V and State and Local Partners representing Northeastern Illinois, Southeastern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana invite faith-based and community leaders, preparedness experts and practitioners for a one day training/workshop for leaders of faith-based and community-based organizations, state and local governments and the private sector in follow up and support of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Faithful Readiness effort for those wanting to prepare themselves and their communities for all types of emergencies.

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Essential Skills for Child Case Manager Workers in Haiti

This three day workshop took place from October 30 to November 2, 2012 and focused on basic skills for the staff of NGOs working with children in Haiti. Each day was devoted to one of three essential areas for child management workers:

  • Day One: Essential Skills in Child Case Management
  • Day Two: Helping Skills for Child Case Managers
  • Day Three: Staff Self Care, Teamwork, and Stress Management

The program targeted a reduction in reported staff stress and trauma and a related reduction in burnout. This was accomplished by equipping staff with key skills for management and emotional care of children, and equipping them with skills and strategies to make the workplace safer and less stressful while also increasing peer support and teamwork. This was the first in a series of workshops to achieve these aims.

Disaster Chaplaincy Forum: Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care in Japan

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute participated in the first disaster chaplaincy forum in collaboration with the Japan Evangelical Association in July 2012. This forum was held in Tokyo, Japan and focused on raising awareness among Japanese clergy about the importance of disaster spiritual and emotional care, as well as the strategic role the Church can play by assisting disaster survivors in this manner.

Haiti Workshop on Spirituality Oriented Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute, in collaboration with Regent University’s Child Trauma Institute, Restavek Freedom Foundation, and le Centre de Spiritualité et de Santé Mentale, will be offering a week long workshop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the University of Notre Dame of Haiti Medical School June, 2012. The workshop will focus on training Haitian mental health professionals in a culturally adapted evidence-based trauma intervention to help treat children rescued from child servitude or slavery situations.

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