As part of EHF’s work to support congregations in strengthening their community health outreach, EHF offers financial support (based on need) to congregation leaders interested in attending training, conferences or workshops in 2016. These events offer new insights and skills to improve your congregation’s service ministry. The events listed below are aligned with EHF’s mission to transform community health for all.
TxCCDN, Spring Training
April 5-6, 2016
The Texas Christian Community Development Network has partnered with Galveston Urban Ministries to offer an event focused on transitioning ministry from a model of relief efforts to development and empowerment. Topics include: What is Christian Community Development (CCD)?, Moving Toward Empowerment: Evaluating Your Ministry and Identifying Concrete Steps and Changes to Make, and Mobilizing Middle-Class Churches to Work with Your Ministry.
June 21–23, 2016
San Antonio, TX
The Texas Rural Leadership Program is a non-profit associated with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, and represents a group of leaders in business, education, government and religious organizations throughout Texas. The organization provides leadership development for rural and other under-served communities, including a Leaders in Action initiative that supports communities to develop skills and a plan for community development. The annual conference serves to equip attendees with the leadership skills to identify community assets and resources that can be used to create change in their communities. It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet peers in Texas who are striving to improve their communities in various ways. The program was founded by an Episcopal priest who saw a need for stronger civic leaders in rural communities. Episcopal churches in Liberty, Hearne and Jacksonville have worked to bring the Leaders in Action initiative to their communities. Registration opens March 7.
CCDA National Conference
August 31 – September 3, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
The Christian Community Development Association is a unique organization that gathers practitioners and partners dedicated to the transformative work of restoring and developing communities through presence and practice. Partners and practitioners from all over the country and around the world are invited to attend the conference that includes sessions for congregational leaders, educators, business people and other necessary contributors to the conversation of restoring communities. The National Conference provides a space at the table for these partners to share, learn, and dialogue about transforming communities for health, social justice, community development, among other issues.
Mission Driven Conference
September 8 – 9, 2016
Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights) hosts the annual Mission Driven Conference for community leaders who seek to drive their missions forward. As a summit for social innovation, Mission Driven brings innovative approaches, fresh ideas and the right connections to help address social issues attendees may be passionate about. Join hundreds of the best and brightest in philanthropy, non-profit, government and social enterprise, and explore bold, new strategies and partnerships that have the power to solve complex social challenges.
TxCCDN, No Need Among You Conference
October 5–7, 2016
The Texas Christian Community Development Network hosts its annual conference to connect churches, non-profit practitioners, and volunteers from across Texas to learn about community development and empowerment. The conference helps equip leaders with skills to support their community efforts. The event includes nationally-known speakers in the field, opportunities to network, and various training workshops. The Christian Community Development workshops will include topics of poverty, relief and development, racial reconciliation, social justice, health policy, and various other social issues. Registration opens April 1.
Visit EHF’s Learning Opportunities page for more information on these and other upcoming events. You can also request financial support to attend an event. In most cases, financial support is limited to the registration fees associated with the event, but support to cover some travel costs may be considered. If you or your congregation identify other training opportunities that are of interest and align with EHF’s mission, please email us.