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Specialized Training Program in Community Engagement & Ministry

Churches are integral to the wellbeing of neighborhoods and communities. By listening to residents in our neighborhood, working alongside community partners, and building strong networks and coalitions, the gifts of all can be harnessed to strengthen the whole community. 

Upon completion of the four-units that comprise the Specialized Training in Community Engagement and Ministry, you will have the skills to help your congregation move outside the walls of the church building and better engage with your neighbors and neighborhood. You will be equipped to guide your church to deepen its connection to your community and discover a renewed sense of purpose.

The four units of the program build upon one another and must be taken in succession. Participants must enroll in Unit One to enroll in subsequent units. 

Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in building their capacity and toolkit for authentic community engagement. This specialized training is designed with religious leaders (lay and clergy) in mind. However, the tools and practices are applicable to staff and volunteers in any sector who desire to partner with their communities to create deep and lasting change. This program is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Austin Seminary.

Cost per Unit: $250 per person ($1,000 for full Certificate)

Registration Open for Unit One: Foundations and Theology of Place-Based Community Building 
        September 5 through October 3, 2023 
        Interactive Zoom Sessions are from 11:30am-1:00pm CST on September 5 and 19, and October 3

Participants will register for each unit separately but must enroll in Unit One to enroll in subsequent units. 

Register Here

Units & Structure

Meet the Instructors

(To learn more, or ask any questions, please email the instructor, Amy Moritz, at