Community development training, Mental Health First Aid and more learning opportunities available this fall

Did you know EHF offers financial support for church members to attend a training or conference where you can learn new ways to get involved in your community? Check out the current learning opportunities available.


The Texas Christian Community Development Network (TxCCDN) will host its annual conference this year in Houston! The conference helps equip leaders with skills to support their community efforts and connects churches, nonprofit practitioners and volunteers from all over Texas to learn about community development.

The event includes nationally-known speakers in the field, opportunities to network and various training workshops. The TxCCDN workshops include topics of poverty, relief and development, racial reconciliation, social change, health policy and various other social issues.

Host: Texas Christian Community Development Network

Date: October 25 – 27, 2017

Location:     Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church

                   3015 N MacGregor Way, Houston, TX

Register Here!

To request financial support to attend the conference, please complete the form here. 


The workshop is an asset-based approach to engaging church and community, and is focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), the idea that individuals, associations, and institutions have the gifts and talents needed to address the needs of their community.

The Called to Transformation, ABCD Facilitator Formation Workshop, is open to clergy and lay leaders from across the Episcopal Church and will teach the theory and practice of ABCD work. Participants then begin the process of creating a work plan to implement an ABCD project in their own ministry community. Trained facilitators will be prepared to lead their congregation through this process and train others in Asset Based Community Development.

Host: Episcopal Relief and Development

Date: November 6 – 9, 2017

Location: The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer

   500 Fannin Street, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002

       Cost: $175

Register Here! If you’d like to request financial support to attend one of the trainings, please apply here.

Poverty has been identified as one of the major issues affecting community health in our diocese and many of our congregations are committed to helping those living in the reality of poverty. The East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN) will host a Poverty Simulation and Bridges Out of Poverty training to bridge the gap from misconception to understanding.

Poverty Simulation

Date:           November 16, 2017        8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:      Tyler Junior College – West Campus

                   1530 S SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701

Cost: FREE!
Register Here!

Bridges Out of Poverty


Date:           December 13, 2017         1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Session I)

                   December 14, 2017         8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Session II)

Location:     Tyler Junior College – West Campus

                   1530 S SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701

Cost: FREE!
Register Here!


Mental Health First Aid workshops equip people to help those developing a mental health need or experiencing a crisis. EHF continues to offer eight-hour  Mental Health First Aid workshops throughout the diocese to build mental health literacy, equip people to respond to signs of mental illness, and more effectively refer people to professional help.

A few upcoming workshops in your community are below:

Ascension Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

If your congregation is interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid workshop for congregants and community partners in Fall/Winter 2017, please email Melodee Toles or call (832) 658-2662.


Are you interested in any conferences, events, or trainings that would be useful to your congregation’s community health initiative? If so, please let us know so that we can share the opportunity with other congregations.

EHF’s Congregational Engagement Learning Opportunities page is regularly updated with new events or opportunities we hear about. If you’re interested in any of the above opportunities or those on our website and would like to obtain support from EHF, be sure to complete the Conference Support Form.