Continuing Education

Develop new skills to help your faith group, church, or religious NGO navigate, design, and implement transformative change. Our continuing education courses can be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of a Certificate in Faith-Based Community Development.

Upcoming Courses

January 10 - Feb 21 - Asset-based Community Development

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Gain a practical overview of Assets-Based Community Development (ABCD). ABCD tells us that our local communities already have the tools and assets essential for building and strengthening our local capacities. With the knowledge, tools, and practices of ABCD, you’ll learn how to better equip your organization to align with and encourage community assets. You’ll create and validate a community assessment report which practises ABCD. Your report will reflect the aspirations, assets, limitations, and solutions within your local community. Offered in collaboration with Wycliffe College.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Assess your organization’s capacities for community engagement.
  • Identify and sketch your local community’s self-definition.
  • Learn to engage your local community through stakeholder interviews.
  • Consult research about your local community context.
  • Learn to lead a local community consultation.
  • Complete a local community assessment report.

Register here.

Feb 28 - Apr 11 - Fundraising for Sustainable Community Organizations

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Together we’ll explore the art and science, and the challenges and possibilities, of fundraising for small and medium-sized non-profits and faith-based organizations (FBOs). We’ll examine real-life case studies of community organizations and non-profits, and we’ll include the course participants’ own organizations. Join us as we explore, learn, and apply resource development practices. You’ll leave this course with the ability to engage the tools required to maximize fundraising from donors and institutions. Offered in collaboration with Wycliffe College.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Audit and apply the Shared Mandate (Values, Mission and Vision) and the value proposition of your organization.
  • Project your organization’s revenue targets through a portfolio of funding streams.
  • Identify and explore the fundraising power of direct, digital, and social media.
  • Better nurture relationships with individual and major donors.
  • Encourage the fundraising role of your Board.

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Certificate in Faith-Based Community Development

Community leaders of faith-based organizations directly face the opportunities and challenges of their neighbourhoods, towns, and cities in Canada and internationally. Learn to employ place-based tools and practices to strengthen your organizational effectiveness, community resilience, and partnerships. Whether you’re an experienced director, a seasoned agent of social change, or a budding activist, join our community of faith-formed dialogue and learning. You’ll gain valuable insights, access to the latest resources and tools, and strengthen your vocational networks while feeding your soul!

This certificate is presented in collaboration with the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

    • Explore what our faith traditions both ancient and modern teach us about community, leadership, and well-being
    • Map and assess the assets and possibilities of our local contexts and neighbourhoods
    • Practise the facilitation of transformative adult and organizational learning
    • Build strategies for sustainable organizations and programs
    • Incorporate and celebrate diversity
    • Design and lead for effectiveness, mission, and good governance
    • Achieve collective change through partnership and citizen-based collaboration

    BENEFITS

    • Engagement with expert practitioners
    • Lively discussions about poverty and well-being in organizations and communities
    • Meaningful interaction about faith, values, leadership and meaning in community
    • Learning and practice applied to your own organizations and community settings
    • Access to theory, resources, tools, and coaching designed for adult and organizational learning

    NOTE(S)

    Earn this Certificate in Faith-Based Community Development by completing any six courses. Four courses are available in 2021-22 (listed under Required Courses), with eight more to be launched over the next two years (listed below).

    • Intercultural Leadership and Learning
    • Toxic Development: Transforming Belief and Practice
    • Community Impact: Evaluation & Learning
    • Inspiring and Leading Staff, Boards & Volunteers
    • Shared Wellbeing: Indigenous and Settler Realities
    • The Art of Partnering and Collaboration
    • Poverty, Ecology and Biblical Justice: Citizen-Based Action & Advocacy
    • Bricks & Mortar: Communities Redeveloping Church Buildings

    REGISTER

    Click on your course of interest above for the registration link.  You may also learn more here.