7 Creative Models for Community Ministry Webinar Series
Over the past two years, recent challenges have changed the church and the community. While challenges are difficult, they also bring opportunities for growth, innovation, and strengthening discipleship and how we engage the community around us. To maintain connections with those already in the congregation and to connect with new people in the neighborhood, most congregations turned to online worship and began exploring online discipleship, using technology to offer creative ways to connect. The same began to occur with community engagement, as church leaders sought innovative ways to connect with neighbors. From online interactions to discerning ways to meet needs in the community when we could no longer gather physically, churches met new challenges with creative responses.
As we move further from the initial challenge of COVID-19, we still have the opportunity to seize on a season of growth, strength, and innovation toward community engagement.
This seven-session webinar series will guide you through seven models to offer a glimpse of what will work best in your context and the resources to help get you started so your congregation’s goals for community engagement can be met. Each weekly session is an hour long and will provide an opportunity for questions, feedback, and sharing ideas with participants and panelists. These sessions will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.
- September 6: Session 1 – Community Listening and an Asset-Based Approach
- September 13: Session 2 – Mobilizing Volunteers and In-Kind Donations of Goods
- September 20: Session 3 – The Power of Community Partnerships
- September 27: Session 4 – Public Policy Advocacy: Pushing for Change in Government Policy
- October 4: Session 5 – Community Organizing: Building a Diverse Coalition to Take on Big Challenges
- October 11: Session 6 – Starting a New Community Ministry Program at Your Church
- October 18: Session 7 – Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church
This series runs from September 6 through October 18. Each one-hour session is from 11 a.m. to noon, Central Time. The cost for the series is $50, and recordings of the individual sessions will be available to registered participants afterward. If you are seeking creative ways to grow your congregation’s engagement in the community and deepen relationships with neighbors, this series is sure to be helpful as you discern what is most effective where you live.
If you have any questions or would like to reach out, contact Bryan Tener at [email protected].
NOTE: Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to register for this webinar series via Zoom. You must click that link and complete the form to complete the registration process.
More about our presenters:
Joy Skjegstad is the author of 7 Creative Models for Community Ministry (Judson Press), the book upon which this “Lunch and Learn” series is based. She is a consultant and trainer who works with churches on developing clear vision, strategic direction, relational focus, and really great community ministry programs. She is the author of three other books: Real Connections; Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church; and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry. She served as executive director of the Park Avenue Foundation at Park Avenue United Methodist Church and as president of the Sanctuary Community Development Corporation at Sanctuary Covenant Church. She founded the Institute for Ministry Leaders at the University of St. Thomas, a program that builds management capacity for ministry.
Heidi Unruh is the co-author (together with Joy Skjegstad) of Real Connections: Ministries to Strengthen Church and Community Relationships (Judson Press). She supports God’s people in living out their calling to love their neighbors as a writer, trainer, and coach. Heidi develops training tools and practical resources to support churches engaged in community outreach. She brings special expertise in the areas of poverty, families, and youth, and asset-based community development. Other books she has co-authored include Churches That Make a Difference; Hope for Children in Poverty; and Equipping Christians for Kingdom Purpose in Their Work. She lives in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she works with local community-based initiatives.