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Towards a Welcoming and Inclusive Church

Faith-Based Community Organizing

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Sample Training Agenda

Day One
4:00 pm Gathering / Registration
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Opening Devotions
7:00 pm Objectives / Introductions
8:00 pm Church Council Role Play
9:00 pm Closing Worship

Day Two
8:00 am Introduction to the Day
8:05 am Welcoming: It's About Being Church
9:05 am Ministry Planner
10:20 am Concept of Self-Interest
12:00 noon Lunch
12:45 pm One-to-One Training
1:45 pm Building a Core Team
3:00 pm Propositioning (it's not what you think)
3:45 pm One-to-One Practice
4:45 pm Organizing Money
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Closing Worship

Day Three
8:30 am Introduction to the Day
8:50 am Review on Propositions
10:15 am Introduction to Implications Wheel
11:00 am Implications Wheel Session
12:30 pm Lunch
1:15 pm I Wheel - Scoring / Analysis
3:00 pm Integration of Bisexual & Transgender into Welcoming Programs
3:45 pm Scriptural Engagement
4:45 pmListening to the Spirit - Bible Study
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Closing Worship

Day Four
8:30 am Sample Welcoming Process - Framing is the Key
9:45 am Building a Team
10:15 am Worship with congregation
11:45 am Organizing People / Organizing Money
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Regional Group Planning
2:15 pm Wrap up Final Questions
2:30 pm Evaluations
2:45 pm Closing Worship
3:00 pm Depart in Peace
Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ