Funds available for congregation leaders to attend conferences and workshops!

See how you can receive financial support from EHF to attend conferences and workshops that provide skills for community health-oriented ministries.

Did you know that EHF can pay for you to attend certain conferences and training sessions to help advance your congregation’s work in the community? EHF provides support to congregations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationship with their communities and learn new ways to contribute to building healthy communities. 

EHF has identified conferences, training and other workshops that might be helpful for congregational leaders.

So that Episcopal congregation leaders, members, and in some cases, their community partners, can attend these events, EHF offers financial support for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. Financial support will cover registration costs, and may also include travel and lodging, if needed.

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Since 2015, EHF has funded clergy and lay persons from congregations to attend conferences and workshops related to community development, leadership development, impact for social change, poverty alleviation and more.

Below are a few of the events parishioners have received support to attend or host:

  • Texas Rural Leadership Program
  • Bridges Out of Poverty workshops
  • Texas Christian Community Development Network (No Need Among You)
  • Mission Capital: Mission Driven (formerly Greenlights) Conference

The EHF Congregational Engagement Learning Opportunities page is regularly updated with new events or opportunities we hear about.  In addition, you can request support for other programs specific to the needs in your community using the Conference Support Form.



Mission Driven Conference
Mission Capital’s annual Mission Driven Summit offers an opportunity for congregation leaders to connect with other leaders in the social sector working to build better communities. The one-day convening will provide innovative approaches, fresh ideas and the right connections to help address social issues attendees may be passionate about.

Attendees will learn leading theories and practices from experts and the opportunity to develop partnerships to lead to greater community impact and social change. For those seeking to solve complex social challenges and build partnerships with others in the community, the summit offers a good opportunity to connect with some of the best and brightest in philanthropy, non-profit, government and social enterprise and explore bold new strategies.

Host: Mission Driven

Date: September 27, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

Register Here!


No Need Among You 2017 Conference
The Texas Christian Community Development Network will host its annual conference this year in Houston! The conference helps equip leaders with skills to support their community efforts and connects churches, non-profit 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 Texas Christian Community Development Network workshops will include topics of poverty, relief and development, racial reconciliation, social change, health policy and various other social issues.

Host: Texas Christian Community Development Network (TxCCDN)

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.



Mental Health First Aid Training
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. Upcoming Mental Health First Aid workshops include:

Grace Episcopal Church at MOD Coffee House

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

Pearland (focused on mental health support for youth)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

Houston (focused on mental health support for Veterans)
Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

Saturday, September 23, 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 at (832) 658-2662.


Called to Transformation: Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Training
The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) are offering the national Called to Transformation workshop in Houston, TX this coming November and space is limited!

As an asset-based approach to engaging church and community, the workshop is focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and 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

Dates and Locations:  
September 18 – 21, 2017 | Cincinnati, OH
October 16 – 19, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
November 6 – 9, 2017 | Houston, TX

Cost: $175

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


One Human Race Workshop
The One Human Race Initiative is a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), Myra McDaniel chapter based in Austin. Utilizing the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion, the UBE chapter offers a three-part workshops series designed to provide a safe, open, and productive framework for learning and sharing about racism as expressed through institutions and systems and how it impacts individuals. The three-part series meets on three Saturdays to provide time for participants to digest the information and form community among the group, emphasizes radical hospitality (accepting everyone, no matter their background or opinion), and uses Eric Law’s mutual invitation method for sharing. The series also includes other concepts from Eric Law’s book The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb.

Host: The Myra McDaniel Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (Austin)

Date: Saturdays – October 7, 14, 21 at 12:30 PM

Location:   Good Shepherd on the Hill Episcopal Church

                   1700 Woodland Avenue

                    Austin, TX   

Cost: Free

Save the Dates! Registration will open 30 days prior to the start date.

If you’re interested in any of the above opportunities and would like to obtain support from EHF, be sure to complete the Conference Support Form.

For those who plan to attend one of the events and do not need financial support, please let us know so we can connect you with others from Episcopal congregations who will be at the event!

We are continuously updating the events on our Learning Opportunities page. Please visit often to learn about new, upcoming events!