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Organizing church: Creating change and moving toward congregational vibrancy in a time of turmoil

90-minute webinar with educators, organizers and faith leaders Angela Cowser, Dan Rhodes, and Tim Conder including a presentation and Q&A

March 31, 2022, at 7 p.m. EST

On-demand replay is available

Purchase a recording of Organizing Church — $15 for individuals, $30 for groups

Based on our own experience of over 20 years in ministry and community organizing, this webinar describes how the practices of organizing can be regenerative for congregations.

We discuss some of the many challenges and shifts going on for our congregations. We also describe the basic practices of organizing and how they can serve to deepen and enliven the worshipping life of your congregation and its engagement with the wider community. Additionally, we talk about building upon some of these basic practices to expand the power and co-creative capacities of a congregation — work we’ve begun in The Black Mountain School of Theology & Community.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and understand key challenges and changes impacting our congregations
  • Understand how the basic practices of community organizing uniquely contribute to congregational development
  • Describe how organizing can contribute to new, vibrant learning cultures for developing powerful and creative new initiatives

Purchase a recording of Organizing Church — $15 for individuals, $30 for groups

How will I receive the recording?
After purchasing your recording of this webinar, you will receive an email from Presbyterian Outlook with an attachment. That attachment will include a private link to our Vimeo page where you can find the recording.

Angela Cowser is a minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) with extensive experience in community organizing. She is associate dean of Black church studies, doctor of ministry programs and associate professor of Black church studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her current research explores rural ministry in African American contexts in Kentucky.

Dan Rhodes is a clinical associate professor and director of contextual education at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He is also a founding board member of The Black Mountain School of Theology & Community. He has developed innovative programs in theological education grounded in theological action research. Prior to Loyola, he served in ministry for nine years and has extensive experience as a leader in community organizing.

Tim Conder is a founder and co-president of the Black Mountain School of Theology & Community. He has 35 years of pastoral experience including serving as the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, North Carolina, from 2005-2018. Tim is an organizing leader with Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations, & Neighborhoods). He has a Ph.D. in cultural studies researching and teaching on theologically inspired social movements, broad-based community organizing, activist identity construction among persons of faith and faith leaders, and emancipatory research methods. He was also a founding leader of EmergentVillage (1997-2010) and the author of several books including Organizing Church with Dan Rhodes.