NLCP Course Descriptions: September 16-19, 2019

Theological Concepts of Social Justice - Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services
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 such as hunger, poverty, war, distribution of wealth, and other social justice issues.

Community Assessment and Ministry Development - May-Ellen Colón, Director of Adventist Community Services International, General Conference
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.

Performance Measurement for Effective Ministries - Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services
Have you wondered if your ministry is effective? Whether your ministry will be viable in the future? How do you know if your participation is imperative? We can’t keep doing the same old, same old, and expect to see any changes in our communities, not to mention in our personal spiritual growth. We are living in an emerging world and change is inevitable. There are demands that churches and Para-church organizations should demonstrate the results they have an impact on, not just engage in events and activities. Church is not exempt from the pressure to discover which ministry or service really makes a difference in the community development or in an individual’s life. This session is designed to show church ministry leaders how to use performance measurement to enhance the effectiveness of their community outreach ministries.

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.

Risk Management Challenges for Nonprofits - Tim Northrop, 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.

Nonprofit 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.

Financial Resource Development - Michael Brown, Associate Director Philanthropic Service for Institutions North American Division
All fundraising starts with the case for support for your organization. The case will explain 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. 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 - Fylvia Kline, Manager of VividFaith, General Conference
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.

Human Resources and Volunteer Engagement - Lori Yingling, Director of Human Resources, General Conference
This course will identify new and creative ways to find, recruit, train, and nurture volunteers. It will provide models for helping volunteers become advocates for the organization. Participants will explore ways to partner with corporations, schools, religious, and social organizations to find volunteers and integrate them with full-time staff for a successful service delivery.

Urban Mission and Ministry -  Skip Bell, Professor of Church Leadership, Andrews University (Dept. of Christian Ministry)
This 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. 

Logic Model Development - Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services
The logic model can help facilitate positive short-term and long-term program outcomes. It is not enough to count what we have done (for example: how many goods we distributed, people we served). We need to focus on making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities as a whole by increasing their knowledge, enhancing their skills, and influencing their attitudes and behavior. We must demonstrate our faithfulness to God’s cause by fulfilling the duty and responsibility to reach those around us.  “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model provides constituents with a road map describing the sequence of related events connecting the need for the planned program with the program’s desired results. Mapping a proposed program helps you visualize and understand how human and financial investments can contribute to achieving your intended program goals and how it can lead to program improvements.” Adaptation of this model, as provided in this lesson, results in a useful tool for both planning and evaluation of community services.

Leadership and Discipleship Development - Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services
Leadership development is directed towards individuals to help expand their capacity in order to be effective in leadership role and processes. Leadership development is the expansion of the organization’s capacity to enact the basic leadership tasks needed for collective work. Nevertheless, Jesus lived His life as a humble servant, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matt.20:28). This workshop will discuss the leadership theories specifically relating to Adventist organizations including: 1) industrial theory, 2) postindustrial theory, and 3) relational leadership theory. We will describe each theory as it relates to church ministries in organizational behaviors.