Church Relations Workshops
'An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise, seeks knowledge.’ -Proverbs 18.15 ESV
When it comes to interacting with vulnerable populations, UGM takes a posture of listening and learning, knowing that our approach and programs will change with time. Our workshop series are designed to equip churches with the skills and understanding needed to launch informed, effective initiatives in their own neighbourhoods.
Please use the Church Partnerships Form at the bottom of the page to register for the workshops you are interested in.
Depending on the needs of your individual church, we are also able to offer customized sessions — please contact us to request more information.
Communities of Care Training Series
The Communities of Care Training is a series of 90-minute sessions, covering foundational knowledge for anyone supporting vulnerable individuals. These sessions are designed to equip and inspire staff and volunteers in a variety of supportive programs:
- Have a biblical framework for following God into life-giving mutuality with marginalized individuals
- Use language and postures that support dignity, care, healing, and belonging
- Adopt practices that protect vulnerable people from further dependency or marginality
- Institute necessary self-care practices for resiliency and longevity
- Gain skills for responding to typical scenarios and legal requirements in their local context
Gain a new perspective on poverty by identifying and understanding the impact of broken relationships and systems on the lives of your neighbours. Here, you'll also learn about Asset Based Community Development and why UGM recommends it as your church's stance on supportive programs.
Build your congregation’s empathy while diving into the principles of compassionate care. This session explains why radical hospitality is a vital stance for Christian work, outlines how to recognize and respond to spiritual trauma, and sketches what holistic care can look like in a community context.
Establish a deeper understanding of your community’s mental health. This session introduces the mental health challenges commonly encountered “on the street,” how these interface with addiction, and how your methods of care must take into account chronic or severe trauma. You’ll also develop the skills needed to provide appropriate care or engage help from others.
Learn how to set safe and caring boundaries in your community. This session introduces healthy personal boundaries, tactics for de-escalating hostility, and skills needed to maintain a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all who attend a community program (guests, volunteers, staff, neighbours, etc.).