Training & Professional Development
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
- Psalm 32:8
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies provides periodic trainings and workshops to help churches and faith-based human service providers strengthen their operations and improve their service delivery. To find out about upcoming trainings and workshops, check our Calendar of Events page, or subscribe to our monthly News for the Faith Community e-newsletter.
Faith-Rooted Organizing Trainings
In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity-NYC, Sojourners and other faith-based service and advocacy organizations FPWA host trainings in the Faith-Rooted model of community organizing. Community Organizing is the process of bringing people together to create change in their communities. Faith-Rooted Organizing is the process of organizing shaped and guided in every way by faith traditions. This model of organizing builds on the foundation laid by Gandhiís vision and practice of non-violence, the civil rights movement, liberation theologies, the spiritual practices of Cesar Chavez and the Central American Sanctuary movement of the 1980ís. The heart of the faith-rooted model is a question: How can all of the resources of faith inform and shape organizing? In the sample curriculum, we explore a host of potential ways in which faith can impact the goals of organizing, the process of community analysis, the arts of recruitment and leadership development, the strategies used to create change and the best methods for sustaining leaders for a lifetime.
Upcoming TrainingsSunday November 11, 2012 3:00pm-7:00pm & Monday November 12, 2012 9:00am-5:00pm at FPWA - Faith-Rooted Organizing Training. Registration cost is $20, but a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information contact Onleilove Alston. To Register visit: Faith Rooted Organizing Training
Community Connections is a half-day workshop designed to help clergy and lay leaders develop strategies they can use to respond to growing demands for social service assistance. Participants learn about social service provision in New York City; how to identify social service providers in their communities; and receive training to help them learn how to develop referral networks with community-based agencies, so that they can refer those who come to them for help to service providers who can meet their needs.
Community Connections is offered in the spring and fall and is open to clergy and laity of all denominations free of charge. Community Connections is ideal for clergy who are new to New York City, or to those who are just beginning or thinking of beginning social service programs. It can also be offered at your church if you have a group of 10 or more clergy who are interested in attending. Please contact Rev. Joel Gibson, ph. (212) 801-1331 for more information.
Periodic workshops are scheduled to help clergy and faith-based leaders with management related issues, and to strengthen their operations. Sample programs have included:
- Fundraising from foundations
- Budgeting for human service programs
- Real estate issues for churches and faith based programs
- Financial management
- Creating viable community partnerships