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Building on twenty years of practice and the work of Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight, and Peter Block, this workshop is designed for congregations who are eager to engage their communities authentically beyond the walls of the church. Pastors and laity who are eager to strengthen their connections to their church’s geography will benefit from this interactive workshop. We will explore three core mindset shifts that are foundational for churches eager to move from an outreach model to a community transformation model of holistic engagement in neighborhoods. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete ways to begin making these shifts in their context.

Presenter: Amy Moritz

Date: April 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center,
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $30 (lunch included) 

Recommended for: clergy and congregations who long to see their communities transformed


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About the Presenter

Amy C. Moritz is a seasoned organizational development and community engagement expert with over twenty-five years of professional experience. Following a successful (12 years) corporate career with IBM in the design, sales, and marketing of technical solutions for small to midsize organizations, Amy began a distinguished consulting practice working with organizations that serve the community and the common good. Amy assisted a group of pastors, lay people, and community members in the founding of a north Memphis agency called Uptown Alliance. The flagship program created under her guidance was a workforce development initiative that trained and employed individuals from north Memphis in the nearby downtown hospitality industry. The unique collaboration of corporate and nonprofit partners that made this program successful drew the attention and recognition of the US Department of Labor.

Over the past ten years, Amy has shifted the focus of her consultancy to the training and coaching of others via the nonprofit she founded called Center for Transforming Communities. She has developed nationally available curriculum for Communities First Association, where she is a certified trainer/coach, and for Communities of Shalom, where she is a certified National Trainer. This shift in focus has accompanied her deep commitment to the axiom that “the best people to deal with a problem are the people most affected by the problem.” Utilizing the theory and tools of numerous assets and strengths-based approaches, Amy has trained and coached eight neighborhood coalitions in Memphis. At the same time, she has been sharing the practices that lead to deep, sustainable change with institutions such as Memphis Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, the Tennessee Episcopacy, and the Texas Rio Conference of the United Methodist Church.


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