NEW ORLEANS, La. — “Community Organizing for Social Change & Church Development” training will be Monday to Friday, March 31 to April 4, at First Grace United Methodist Church here. The training will teach how methods of community organizing can be a tool in congregational development, community transformation, and engagement in justice ministries.
Event is the first to combine the field-tested wisdom of veteran community organizers with church planters.
This event is the first to combine the field-tested wisdom of veteran community organizers with church planters.
This training is being jointly offered by the General Board of Church & Society and Path 1 of the General Board of Discipleship. It is open to anyone and is expected to bring together church planters, faith leaders and ministry practitioners from across the country.
Concrete skills, new methodologies
In 4½ days, participants will learn concrete skills and new methodologies through interactive sessions on:
- A Biblical & Theological Foundation for Engaging in Social Change
- Incarnational Relationship Building
- Recruitment and Leadership Development
- Building Effective Teams, Networks & Coalitions
- Developing Community Partnerships
- Visioning for Future Ministry & Action
- Developing Effective Strategy
- Engaging in Advocacy & Justice Issues
- Creative Actions for Change
Participants will create concrete Action Plans for their own ministry context.
Path 1 involves a collaboration of church planters, directors of congregational development, the racial ethnic plans, bishops, and general agency staff to provide oversight on the denomination’s strategy for new church starts. Its staff team believes each of this seminar’s themes is especially critical to new church development.
Cost for the event is $295 for an individual, plus $95 each for the second and third team members; any additional members can attend at no additional cost.
You can register online at Community Organizing for Social Change & Church Development.
For more information, contact Rebecca Cole, organizing program coordinator for the General Board of Church & Society, via email or by phone at (202) 488-5631.