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A Non-Profit Disaster Response Ministry

Make a Difference

When the disaster strikes, we need trained volunteers who are ready to roll.

How to become a Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) member.

Click on the link below to register for training events or disaster response deployments.

Be in-the-know about response events around the country.

Be ready when needed.

Maybe not today, but soon.


  1. Fill out Shepherd’s Heart Ministry volunteer form.

  2. Build your volunteer profile. You will be emailed a link to share your existing skills, operational interests and volunteer goals. 

  3. The Volunteer Software will allow you to create a Volunteer Account.

  4.  “Fan” each District where you would like to see their trainings and deployments.

  5. Attend Basic LERT training BEFORE taking Chainsaw or other trainings.

  6. Check your email for links to announcements, trainings, and deployments.

  7. When you sign up to deploy: Most deployments require a background check which will be $20 and good for 1 year.

  8. Deployment details (when, where, what skills needed, lodging etc.) will be emailed through the Volunteer Software at www.lcms-lert.org.



Recent Deployments

Madison Tennessee Tornados, Dec. 2023