Disaster Relief Ministries

Disaster Relief Ministries

Disaster Relief is one of the most popular and well-known ministries offered by California Southern Baptist Convention, providing Christian love in action by meeting urgent needs of hurting humanity in crisis.

Whether serving a hot meal from our mass feeding unit, clearing a home-site with our cleanup & recovery – after a wildfire or clearing mud from a home after a flood – and most importantly, providing spiritual care and emotional support to disaster survivors, California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries (CSBDRM) meets those needs with loving care in a timely manner. CSBDRM has more than 1,500 active, trained volunteers and a fleet of equipment ready for deployment at any moment.

CSBDRM efforts are administered through the CSBC Evangelism & Missions Initiatives Team. At the time of a disaster, CSBDRM coordinates the deployment of volunteers and support equipment. Personnel listed on this page are ready to answer your questions.

National efforts are coordinated through the North American Mission Board.


Disaster Relief Events & Training
Each year CSBC offers several training events to certify or recertify Disaster Relief volunteers in a number of specialties. Check the list below or click on the links at the right for information or to learn more about becoming a trained volunteer.

Community Disaster Ministry for Local Churches - El CajonOct. 21, 2:30-4 PM
Chainsaw Training - Jenness ParkOct. 28-Nov. 1, 8 AM-4 PM
Chaplain Training - Calvary Church, West HillsJan. 24-25, 2020, 8 AM-4:30 PM
Chaplain Training - Community Baptist Church, CampbellMarch 13-14, 2020, 8 AM-4:30 PM


Chaplain Training Opportunities: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

The following opportunities for advanced chaplain training are offered by K-LOVE and taught by Naomi Paget, CSBC chaplain instructor. As these are not administered by CSBC, please follow the direct links to learn more and register:

Atascadero – November 19-22

Advanced Group Crisis Intervention (prerequisite: CISM Group Crisis Intervention (GRIN)) – Tues.-Wed., November 19-20

Grief Following Trauma – Thurs.-Fri., November 21-22


Community Disaster Ministry

Community Disaster Ministry (CDM) is a relatively new ministry of Disaster Relief that assists churches in preparing to minister within their community when disaster strikes. By connecting with local government agencies and partnering with other faith- and community-based organizations, churches can engage in a variety of activities and ministries that meet needs in times of crisis. Whether it is handing out water, distributing supplies, assisting at a local resource center, facilitating a shower or laundry unit, preparing meals or becoming a shelter or reunification site, local churches can play a vital role in meeting needs and sharing the love of Christ before, during and after a crisis.

CDM can assist churches by reviewing facilities, ideas and plans for providing services that may be needed in times of disaster, and suggest training and resources to help churches prepare for crisis ministry. Dawn Dwyer is CDM consultant for churches to prepare to serve their communities. Contact Dawn to request information about how your church can become involved as a community resource.


Disaster Relief Deployment

Are you ready to go?

You will need to fill out DR1 Personal Information beforehand. Hand the completed form to the Incident Commander once you arrive at your deployment destination.

Questions about an active deployment? Please e-mail DeployDR@csbc.com

Disaster Relief Donations


Click here to donate to California Disaster Relief
Disaster Relief contributions are gratefully accepted and help meet the needs of people who are in a disaster situation. Gifts are used to underwrite California Southern Baptist Convention's response to natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.) that occur in California, nearby states or mission partnership countries. These response services include the preparation of hot meals for disaster victims who are without basic utility services, cleanup of homes, recovery assistance to victims without insurance resources and transportation for volunteers to affected areas. Your contribution may be used for any current or future disaster response effort.

This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.