This 21-credit Graduate Certificate in Crisis Leadership and Emergency Administration provides knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied by missional Christians who serve around the world as community ministry providers, crisis & disaster chaplains, denominational disaster relief personnel, public safety personnel, emergency planners, emergency responders and other professionals in disaster preparedness, response, and management. Graduates gain knowledge and leadership skills in working within the management models and operational structures unique to disasters including risk assessment and management, crisis outreach & community resilience training, methods of planning for disaster response, incident command, and collaboration, and spiritual caregiving in crises and disasters. Taught by Christian experts in public theology, crisis & disaster relief, and public safety and security, the program equips students to demonstrate the love and compassion of God by serving communities in trauma while also providing spiritual care.
Low-frequency, high-impact events such as earthquakes and tsunamis are not preventable, but such high losses of human life are. We know from historical data that the world has seen a significant reduction in disaster deaths through earlier prediction, more resilient infrastructure, emergency preparedness, and response systems. However, those at low incomes are often the most vulnerable to disaster events: improving living standards, infrastructure, and response systems in these regions are essential to preventing deaths from natural disasters in the coming decades. (Source: Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2020) - "Natural Disasters". Published online at OurWorldInData.org.)
With the global increase of natural disasters, missional Christians are needed across the world to serve in the mission of God through responding to community trauma. Through the Graduate Certificate in Crisis Leadership and Emergency Administration, you gain the understanding and skills necessary to lead in community emergency management and incident command.