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Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership

October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 am - October 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am

NEXT Church, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and Metro Industrial Areas Foundation are teaming up to offer a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership.

This certificate program consists of a one-week intensive in-person training followed by a 6-month distance learning cohort to integrate the training into your work. The in-person training will take place October 23-27, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, with the distance learning occurring one to two times per month from November – April (exact dates still to be scheduled). The program is open to clergy, laypeople, community leaders, seminarians, and others interested in organizing and community engagement. Participants must be 21 years old or older to register.

The program aims to:

  • teach clergy and lay leaders to apply the basic universals and disciplines of community organizing ​to their ministry contexts.
  • provide tools for those engaged in the work of congregational transformation,​ new church development, and ​neighborhood/organizational revitalization.
  • guide participants in theological reflection about systemic change.
  • spark leaders’ imaginations in the effective use of technology as an organizing tool.
  • nurture participants as they establish for themselves new patterns of leadership.
  • connect leaders to an established support network.

The total cost of the program is $750.00 plus travel, room, and board. The $70.00 registration fee will be applied to the total program cost. All available scholarships have been awarded.

The deadline to register for the program is October 2, 2017. Full payment of the program fee is due October 20, 2017.


We are working on securing good housing options for those traveling to Baltimore for the training. We’ll share the information as soon as we have it. Stay tuned.

Location & Accessibility

We are working with partner churches to determine the best location for our training. One issue we are encountering is accessibility. If mobility (specifically, climbing steps) is a concern for you, please contact Jessica Tate before you register.

Visit the eventbrite page to RSVP.



October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 am
October 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am