What is a “Critical Incident”?

Published on July 25th, 2016

We rarely expect a “Critical Incident” to impact our congregations or schools.  But if you do experience one (see definition below), the Indiana District has a team of trained LCMS pastors and lay leaders who have voluntarily joined the Indiana District’s Critical Incidence Response Team (IN-CIRT).  Volunteers can be deployed to your location to assist the pastor or school administrator in listening to, debriefing, and generally supporting staff, groups or individuals (children and adults) impacted by the incident. 

 What is a “Critical Incident”?

Casualty or suicide of a church worker

Significant traumatic event involving children

Multi-casualty accident or incident

Weather-related disaster

Loss due to fire, theft or crime

Knowing the victim of an event

A prolonged incident with loss

Excessive media interest

Any locally significant event causing trauma or serious change in life functioning

Click here to read, download and share the updated IN-CIRT brochure with ten Q’s & A’sFor immediate assistance or to nominate yourself or someone else to join the IN-CIRT team, phone the District office during business hours or Dave Ebeling at 812.322.6503.