Learning and Training for Congregations

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EHF is helping congregations go beyond church walls and work in the community.

We're working to help congregations establish, expand and improve community outreach efforts, especially initiatives that influence community health. From learning opportunities to seeing projects and ministries from other Episcopal Congregations, EHF offers many ways for churches to learn to work with communities.

As you do this work, invite us to speak at your church!  We can provide an overview of EHF’s vision and show examples of how we're working with congregations across Texas. 

Learning Opportunities

EHF has identified a number of conferences, training events and organizations that provide training that may be useful to congregation leaders for your community outreach efforts. Visit our Learning Opportunities page for upcoming events, as well as information on applying for financial support to attend if needed. Recent learning opportunities include Mental Health First Aid training, Community Engagement workshops and Bridges Out of Poverty training.

Resource Center

EHF's online resource center helps clergy, lay leaders and congregations explore community health issues. The resource center includes basic information related to issues such as access to healthcare, mental health, poverty and other topics. It also provides an overview of some of the community-building skills that congregations may find useful.

Sharing ideas and best practices

Want to learn more about how other congregations work with their communities? Check out the Episcopal Asset Map. This interactive national map allows you to search outreach ministries and other projects happening at hundreds of churches across the Diocese and throughout the country. It's a great way to get ideas and inspiration for your own congregation's community work. The map also allows you to make sure your church's page is up to date and add descriptions of your own ministries and projects.

Survey of Congregations

In 2015, EHF visited with many congregations to hear their thoughts about community health concerns, where more impact might be made, and how we might partner together in this work.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.13.48 PM.png

In addition, EHF conducted a congregation survey and produced a report highlighting responses that provide a road map for ways we can partner with congregations to work with communities.

Click here to learn more about the survey and see the results and final report.

Other resources available

  •  Consulting or technical support
    EHF staff can serve as a thought partner as your congregation explores developing new or expanded programs to support community health. We can also connect your congregation to consultants who can assist with the identifying needs and developing initiatives. 

    If we don’t have the technical or consulting expertise you need, we may be able to connect you with partner organizations who can help. Email us to set up a time to discuss your needs.