NLCP Course Descriptions

NLCP Course Descriptions: July 27-29, 2020

Theological Concepts of Holistic Ministry

Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services: These daily devotionals deal with Biblical principles of holistic ministry. 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

Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services: 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.

Cultural Intelligence: Unconscious Bias

Sung Kwon, Director of North American Division Adventist Community Services: When managing and ministering 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.

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.

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.

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.

Fundraising/Grant Proposal Writing

Lilya Wagner, Director of North American Division Philanthropic Service for Institutions: 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.