This event will teach how to create relationships with under-resourced neighbors that will last and create transformation within congregations. Church leaders look at a strategy that will foster lasting transformation as opposed to a band-aide approach. The techniques and philosophies will help churches understand how to be more extravagant with their hospitality and create lasting change in people's lives.
Jamalyn Peigh Williamson is leading the workshop. She is the former Outreach Pastor at St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis. Jamalyn's passion for missions and outreach combined with her business acumen, theological training and notorious wit helped her lead one of the Conference's largest ministry efforts. Recently, Jamalyn started a nonprofit seeking to create stability for families in Haiti through housing, education and economic opportunities.
During the workshop participants will:
- Review the ways congregations support the poor and wrestle with the question, "Do these practices support families or create dependence?"
- Discover the difference between situational and generational poverty.
- Understand why it is important to know resources available in their community.
- Learn about hidden rules among classes and why a working knowledge of these rules really matters.
- Discover the need to understand different language registers for people living in poverty and understand the common story structures for under-resourced families.
- Learn best practices for ways churches can reach out to under-resourced families while keeping families' dignity in tact.