We examined how Tearfund’s guidelines on ‘Disasters and the local church’ have been used and the impact they have had, and provided recommendations for the future of the guidelines.
Tearfund is a Christian relief charity which works through local churches to assist communities to overcome poverty and disasters. Tearfund published ‘Disasters and the local church: guidelines for church leaders in disaster-prone areas’ in 2011, and conducted trainings aimed at promoting understanding of the guidelines. The guidelines and trainings were developed to equip church leaders and their communities with knowledge and skills on how to deal with disasters.
Our review examined the reach, uptake, and impact of the guidelines and training on partners and churches, and identified lessons that have been learned. Our approach included a document review, consultations and key informant interviews with 43 stakeholders from Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa that had received the guidelines, training or both, an online survey distributed to all Country Representatives and Country Directors, and a presentation of emergent findings at a workshop. The findings and recommendations were compiled in a report.