Congregations and Community Engagement: Finding the Right Fit

JSCongregations can do amazing things when leaders and members put their minds to engaging with their communities. Whether urban, suburban or rural, communities are struggling with a number of urgent issues. Because the stakes are high, it is important for congregations to be strategic in making choices so that their efforts are thoughtful, sustainable and make a real difference to the neighbors they serve.

This workshop is for key congregational leaders who are determined to serve their communities more deeply.  Topics for the day include “Outreach Isn't Optional,” “Meet the Neighbors,” “Seven Models” and “Out of the Pew and Into the Community.”

Participants will explore:

  • tools for meeting their neighbors
  • Skjegstad’s seven models
  • information about donating goods or money
  • mobilization of volunteers
  • the importance of partnering with other organizations
  • advocacy around public policy
  • engagement in community organizing
  • the development of ministry programs
  • how to create a church-based nonprofit

Click this video to see more information from workshop presenter Joy Skjegstad about community ministry.

Workshop facilitator is Joy Skjegstad, author of Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church and 7 Creative Models for Community Ministry.  Skjegstad is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She is the founder of the Institute for Ministry Leaders, a university-based training program that builds the management capacity of churches and other ministry organizations.

The workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Batesville (in Ripley County). The cost is $30 per person (or $25 per person for teams of three or more from the same congregation registered together). The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Skjegstad’s book 7 Creative Models for Community Ministry. This event was previously presented in Crown Point, Elkhart, Evansville and Indianapolis.

Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.