Over the last few months, the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation (NHSC) has significantly expanded its training resources for congregations and other partner organizations interested in changing their communities through community development efforts. On January 30th, NHSC hosted its first online training webinar, “Introduction to Community Development,” for a group of LCMS pastors and lay leaders active in inner city ministry. The webinar was organized with the help of LCMS Urban and Inner-City Mission, under Rev. Quentin Poulson, and was led by NHSC’s National Projects Director Fred Kimbrough and Chief Executive Officer Nicole Ridley. The training introduced seven participants to the fundamentals of community development. Through the training, participants gained a basic working knowledge of the resources that are available in the field of community development. The overall goal of the training was to encourage participants to conduct more aggressive outreach in neighborhoods surrounding LCMS churches while inspiring congregations to become catalysts for neighborhood revitalization.
On March 4-5, NHSC and the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) hosted a special two-day training event for two dozen Midwestern pastors and church leaders on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. The workshop, delivered by a NeighborWorks® America training consultant, provided an overview of the resources and tools available for congregations to use in transforming their neighborhoods via community development work. Through the training, LCMS church leaders and pastors learned how to design and conduct a participatory neighborhood analysis process for comprehensive revitalization planning; gained experience developing a revitalization action plan; and learned about tools that can be used for successful neighborhood revitalization in any community. The training was made possible by a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
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