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Ministry With* Training Events

  • Events for those interested in uplifting relationships with people in poverty.
    Develop strong and healthy neighborhoods and congregations.

September 27-29, 2015 Theressa Hoover UMC and Better Community Development Inc. (BCD)  Little Rock, Ark.

Keys to Empowerment Summit

Theressa Hoover UMC / Better Community Development Inc.

The mission of BCD Inc is to improve the quality of life for low-income, underserved, disadvantaged and at-risk children, youth and families through: Addiction Treatment, Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Youth Activity Center, Homebuyer's Program, Supportive Housing Programs. 

To learn more about this ministry, watch this video. Visit their website:

Registration fee: $100. Register by September 5, 2015. Register at Eventbrite.

This experiential training will focus on:
Engaging your community
Faith/Asset Based Community Development
Addiction and Recovering Ministry
Early Intervention and Prevention
Supportive and Transitional Housing for Healing and Recovery
Housing Development.


October 14-18, 2015 Glide UMC San Francisco, Ca.    

Radical hospitality toward those not like us

Following urban flight of the white middle class in the 60's, GLIDE revisioned downtown urban ministry in San Francisco for a new day and age. GLIDE brought the center to the margins, entering into relationship with those in burgeoning social movements as well as the overlooked and underserved. With this starting point, rooted in joyous Sunday Celebrations, GLIDE has responded creatively and faithfully with effective programs that include recovery circles, housing, legal aid, medical care, HIV/AIDS services, unlearning violence, women's empowerment, and family and children's support.

Watch this video on GLIDE from The Today Show:

This experiential training will focus on:
Enacting a Ministry of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
Building the Beloved Community
Embracing and Experiencing Those Who Are Not Like Us
Living Out this Spirituality



October 24-26, 2015  Church for All People UMC  Columbus, Ohio

Community Development for All People

Starting with the Free Store, Church for All People was launched in 2003; Community Development for All People came shortly after - a non-profit dedicated to serving the south side of Columbus. This ministry provides: free clothing and household items, affordable housing for low-income households, music and arts, health & wellness, fresh produce, healthy living initiatives, celebrate recovery, meals, worship, and small groups.
Learn more from this video from West Ohio UMC:

Workshops are designed to meet you where you are and engage your questions as we explore best practices for inclusive ministry.
This experiential training will focus on:
Embracing Diversity - Building Relationships Deep & Wife
Creating a Racially Diverse/Income Diverse Congregation
Diverse and Welcoming Worship to Strengthen Your Community
Launching Outreach Programs that Use Local Assets to Address Community Concerns
Engaging Partners that Support and Sustain Your Ministries
Housing Development

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Past Events in 2015

April 23-25, 2015 St John's UMC Houston, Texas

Come to St John's UMC to learn about growing a diverse downtown church.

Pastors Rudy Rasmus and Juanita Rasmus, as well as other leaders, will share:

  • how the church grew from 9 members in 1992 to over 9,000 (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years;

  • how they became one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country;

  • how a compassionate group of people have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

Learn the St. John's story:

During this event you will learn about:

  • Operating under the principle of "unconditional love"
  • Creative ways to reach and engage urban communities
  • Designing innovative worship experiences
  • Forming partnerships
  • Housing development
  • Food distribution programs

Date: April 23-25, 2015.

Place: St John's Downtown UMC - 2019 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002.

Cost: $100

For registration and details, please visit:


May 6-7, 2015 Cass United Methodist Church Detroit, MI 


Learn about a Ministry Model that Pairs Charity with Job Training and Creation


Cass United Methodist Church had a long tradition of social outreach. Since the creation of nonprofit Cass Community Social Services in 2002, the work has expanded greatly. 

Charity - including a million meals served annually - has been paired with job training and creation.

The ministry's Green Industries program employs 85 people in such recycling innovations as making mud mats and sandals from old tires. Exercise bikes are rigged to generate electricity for those industries. The ministry has put people to work making coaster sets and trained others through a culinary arts program.

The church's Green Gym:


Come to learn about:

  • Job creation in a post-industrial city using community resources and volunteers;
  • Theology of work;
  • Developing self-sustaining jobs;
  • The story of Cass Community Social Services;
  • How to recruit and use volunteers.

: $100 (space is limited) 


To Register


Lodging: Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit, MI 48243. Rates from $179/night.

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Contact Info:

Office of Congregational Development and Racial Ethnic Ministries
Mission and Evangelism
General Board of Global Ministries
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115