Ministering in the aftermath of disasters is difficult mentally, physically and spiritually. Responding to disasters overseas is even more complicated. Sphere Training is an internationally-recognized standard for response used by many international organizations. It provides the framework through which BGR and TBM respond to disasters.

The classes make you eligible to lead disaster relief efforts overseas through both organizations, and help churches better understand how they can serve after disasters. Participants are encouraged to take both classes.

Specialty Training Descriptions

Course 1: Sphere Standards Training

Sphere Standards are international standards for emergency response that seek to provide quality & accountability to humanitarian response. This 5-day training will present the standards set out according to the life-saving activities for water, food security, shelter and health action. Those who complete the training will receive a certificate that is internationally recognized.  It is not a substitute for Disaster Response training but a parallel to it.

This class runs June 22-26. Monday-Thursday, class will meet at 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with two breaks and an hour-long lunch break. Friday class will be 8:30 a.m.-noon.  Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Attendees are on their own for breakfast and dinner. Participants must attend every day to receive credit for the course. There will be team homework each evening so the church will be open till 10:00 p.m. each night.  

Each participant must purchase a book to participate. They cannot complete the course without a handbook.  It is about $25 depending on where they purchase it.  The book's title is The Sphere Handbook.  Subtitle is "Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response."  Must be the 2018 edition.  

The course work is hands on. Laptops are not needed and will actually be in the way.  

Maximum attendance for this course is 30. 

Course 2: International Disaster Response Training

This 2-day training will provide a body of information that will help responders & volunteers better prepare to help those in need after disasters have struck. Training modules include Response Basics, Team Preparation, Needs Assessment, Team Structure, Distributions, Shelter & NFI, Media Management and Initial Trauma Management. This is a good course for churches who want to be involved in missions.  

This course starts on Friday, June 26 and runs from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. On Saturday, it lasts from 8:30 a.m- 4:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided. Participants must participate in both days to complete the class.


Twenty double occupancy rooms for the Sphere training have been reserved at the Fairfield Inn in Lubbock, 4007 S. Loop 289 (just west of the church). It is within easy walking distance to both the church and several restaurants.   

Cost per night will be $100, including tax. Reservations begin on Sunday, June 21. Each room will have two beds to accommodate double occupancy and the cost can be split by the hotel.

Those making reservations need to reserve directly with the hotel and will need to give them a personal credit card to hold their reservation. Reservations can be canceled with no charge up to 48 hours ahead of time. Unreserved rooms will be released on May 29. 

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