Session II - October 10 - 13, 2016
Leadership and Team Development- Sung Kwon, Executive Director North American Division Adventist Community Services
This course teaches how to manage change, conflict and growth in nonprofit organizations. Participants will explore team-based strategies for implementing change, addressing risk and the possibility of failure and fostering entrepreneurial growth. This course also addresses the complex challenges that emerge in building cohesive teams and organizations that integrate its diversity for positive results.
Social Action from Relief to Public Policy - Zdravko Plantak, Professor Religion & Ethics Loma Linda University
Social action is based on society’s members working toward a purpose that is good and imperative for the survival of the entire society. In this course, participants will discuss whether social action is executed in response to ideological or religious beliefs and the essential principles to summoning groups of people to organize, advocate and create solutions to injustice.
Resource Development: Fundraising Strategies in Nonprofits - Lilya Wagner, Director Philanthropic Service for Institutions North American Division
All fundraising starts with the case for support for your organization, the case explains who your organization is, why it deserves support, what it hopes to accomplish and how the donor can become involved. This course is a fast paced brief overview of the basics you will need to start a fundraising program at your organization. You will explore fundraising principles and practices and learn how to articulate your mission and get others involved. You will have an interactive session that involves the personal donor relationship and making an “Ask.” There are multiple samples provided and suggested resources that will assist you in creating an individualized successful fundraising program.
Grant Proposal Writing - Michael Brown, Associate Director Philanthropic Service for Institutions North American Division
One of the most significant tools for fundraising is proposal writing, and the skills acquired in this course can also be adapted for other purposes and ways of asking for financial support. This session will inform you about the proposal writing process beginning with researching your prospective donors to writing the actual proposal. Through exercises and a handout you will have the foundation of writing a winning proposal.
Marketing and Communications - Celeste Ryan Blyden, Vice President Communications
A course for beginners that will teach you how to leverage online tools in marketing your organization.
A revolutionary change is taking place in marketing and advertising. How are you reaching potential customers? How are you engaging and keeping your current audience? In this highly interactive seminar, you will learn the basics of Social Media and gain the knowledge to set your organization apart. Marketing 101 offers a safe place to get started without feeling embarrassed or pressured to keep up.
Community Assessment and Program Development - Gaspar Colon, Resource Developer Global Mission Urban Center Adventist Mission
No “community-based” ministry can effectively meet the needs of the community without first conducting a community needs assessment. A needs assessment determines what kind of services your organization will provide in your community and what other types of resources and services it can provide in the future. The result of a properly conducted needs assessment can be used to determine: How to identify gaps in service to the community; How well received your services will be; How successful your existing programs/services are and how they can be improved to reflect the community's needs; Whether the space and infrastructure are adequate for providing needed services; How the community is changing (e.g., socioeconomic status, demographics, etc.); and Whether staffing patterns and program hours are adequate.
Ministering & Managing Cross-Culturally - Erich Baumgartner, Professor Andrews University School of Education
When managing in a cross-cultural setting you may be faced with many challenges. How do you avoid pitfalls and cultural faux pas? How can you create opportunities to build relationships and understanding with people that are different? This course reviews the tools needed to reduce apprehension, communicate effectively, and establish genuine trust and acceptance. Another dimension for those who want to minister effectively across cultural barriers is the need to learn and understand the culture in which we live before we initiate public ministry. The participants of this course will be challenged to identify their own biases, learn to adapt their personal lifestyles in order to increase their sensitivity towards others, and build bridges of communication with those in need who live in their communities.
Leading Change - Cheryl Kisunzu, Provost Academic Administration Washington Adventist University
It has been noted that the only organizational constant is “change” and yet most change initiatives fail. Giving these daunting odds, participants who attend this session will learn effective strategies for distinctive organizational renewal through which sustained transformation and enriched service will not only be attained – but progressively sustained.
Session I - April 18 - 21, 2016
Theological Concepts of Social Justice - Gaspar Colon, Resource Developer Global Mission Urban Center Adventist Mission
These daily devotionals deal with biblical principles of social justice and Christian social responsibility. The scriptures are full of paradigms that help us see more clearly the biblical mandate for “community-building” and social intervention as a foundational part of ministry. Participants will also investigate current moral questions and issues facing the Christian world today, e.g., hunger, poverty, war, distribution of wealth, and other social justice issues.
Performance Measurement for Effective Management and Ministries - Sung Kwon, Director North American Division Adventist Community Services
This course is designed to show nonprofit leaders how to use performance measurement to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations.
Risk Management Challenges for Nonprofits - Tim Northrop, Vice President of Adventist Risk Management
This course will review the fundamentals of risk management and insurance strategies needed in a nonprofit organization. Participants will learn to develop the skills needed for implementing an effective approach to analyzing and managing risks in the workplace and during outreach activities in their communities.
Legal Issues and Conflict Resolution - Karnik Doukmetzian, General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel
This course is designed to address the legal fundamentals nonprofits will face in the workplace, with particular emphasis on using volunteers and management relations with employees. Participants will learn tactics and skills needed in contract negotiation and conflict resolution and the potential liabilities which can impact your nonprofit operation.
Urban Ministry: Understanding the City -
The course will present ways to interpret and define the city. It will combine theology and sociology and explore how we practice mission in the midst of the urban reality of where and how people live The city’s complexity can be overwhelming and this session will assist the participants in wrestling with the urban worldview and the various urban systems.
Accounting and Budgeting - Dowell Chow, President for Finance of Adventist World Radio
This course will provide an introduction to the underlying concepts, language and reporting methods for accounting and financial analysis. It will focus on interpreting and utilizing accounting and financial statements for effective business management. Other topics to be covered include proper methods for budgeting, managing financial resources and working with accountants and financial analysts to achieve organizational goals.
Human Resource Development - Nancy Kluge, Former Professor Washington Adventist University
The course will examine basic human resource management issues, such as strategic workforce planning, hiring, training, personnel evaluation, and compensation from the perspective with nonprofit organizations with their mix of paid staff and volunteers. This course also explores the legal and moral aspects of these areas.
Volunteer Engagement - Nancy Kluge, Former Professor Washington Adventist University
Participants will learn how to transform volunteer management into volunteer engagement, which requires a shift in language attitude, philosophy, intention and action.
How to Be a Good Farmer: Even in a City - May-Ellen Colon, ACS International Director, Personal Ministries/Sabbath School, General Conference
Reaping is best done when you’ve been farming! Preparing the soil, planting, watering, fertilizing, cultivating, and reaping all put together is a process. This is farming process is an illustration of holistic Gospel farming which was modeled by the incarnational ministry of Jesus--the ultimate Gospel Farmer. He prepared the soil and planted seeds in the areas He worked by mingling with people, showing sympathy, meeting their needs, winning their confidence. Then He would reap the results of His labor. “How to Be a Good Farmer” presents practical principles of incarnational ministry formatted as 10 "gospel farming" commandments.