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Global Ministries EarthKeepers trains United Methodists in the United States to start and grow environmental projects.

EarthKeepers trainings equip participants to develop projects that address environmental concerns in their churches and communities. Every project plan is shaped by training in the following topics:

  • Eco-theology

  • Anti-racism

  • Strategies for social change

  • United Methodist resources

2019 Trainings
  • September 26-29, 2019 | Austin, TX (application deadline extended to August 23!)
  • October 24-27, 2019 | Chicago, IL (application deadline, September 16)

Is EarthKeepers right for you? Do you…

  • Recognize the urgency of the environmental crisis;
  • Feel a deep sense of God’s call to take bold action;
  • Need to strengthen your organizing skills and deepen your theological resources; 
  • Want to join a broader community of United Methodists who are engaged in environmental ministries;
  • Have some previous experience with environmental issues and/or ministry?


Participants must complete five hours of homework in the month prior to training. They should plan to commit 10 hours/month to their projects for at least six months following the training. Participants may join or help form a regional or online cohort group following the program.


Following training, EarthKeepers will receive access to an online networking and resource platform and can apply for small grants to support their projects.

Cost and Logistics

Training, food and lodging expenses during the training are paid for by Global Ministries.

Participants must pay their own travel expenses to and from the training as well as hotel incidental and parking (if used) expenses during the training. Local participants may commute to the training during the day and sleep at home at night.

Highline UMC Church Garden and Earthkeepers - Credit: Rev. Jenny Partch

Location-specific details

Each training will take place at a United Methodist Church with lodging at a nearby hotel. When needed, transportation will be provided between the training site and the hotel.

Philadelphia, PA

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Training Dates: August 8-11, 2019

Training Site: Arch Street United Methodist Church

Lodging: TBD

Special Focus: Sustainable urban gardening (in partnership with Arch Street UMC)

Austin, TX

Application Deadline: August 19, 2019

Training Dates: September 26-29, 2019

Training Site: First United Methodist Church of Austin

Lodging: TBD

Special Focus: Climate and migration (in partnership with San Antonio Region Justice For Our Neighbors)

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019

Training Dates: October 24-27, 2019

Training Site: Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church

Lodging: TBD

Special Focus: Environmental justice (In partnership with Faith in Place)


Participants will either develop a new project or build on a project on which they are already working. Applicants will be asked to describe their idea for a project in their applications. All ideas are welcome! Examples of projects include: