The BIC Training
A Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with ways to create dialogue, deepening relationships throughout the congregation rather than sparking debate and division.
You will have opportunities to engage through a mix of presentation, hands-on practice, and small group discussion. Many of the tools you will learn come from faith-based relational organizing. Grounded in scripture and discipleship, this training allows you to explore your own Christian call to hospitality and evangelism. The training is centered on the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit and includes the tools of Graceful Engagement, the One-to-One Visit, Framing, and Strategic Storytelling.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The training has been designed specifically with congregations and their leaders in mind. We will explore topics which will help you to become a more effective leader in working with congregations on issues related to human sexuality and gender identity for the purpose of helping a congregation discern God’s call to become more welcoming and inclusive, particularly of LGBTQ persons. Topics include:
- Faith-based community organizing techniques
- Congregational conflict theory and resolution
- Managing change in congregations well
- Effective strategies for helping congregations discern the call to be welcoming
- Building relationships for change
- Conversations around biblical material, stereotypes, the “b” and the “t” questions, and other areas of concern
- Opportunity to build relationships with others who share your concerns
- Personal spiritual enrichment
- Opportunity for growth and challenge
- Hard work, laughter, and fun
“BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE CHURCH” TRAININGS
- Hays, Kansas – Trinity Lutheran Church
November 4-5, 2016 – DOWNLOAD FLYER
- Salem, New Hampshire – Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church
January 13-14, 2017 – DOWNLOAD FLYER
- La Crosse, Wisconsin – La Crosse Area Synod Office
April 28-29, 2017 – DOWNLOAD FLYER
- North Versailles, Pennsylvania – St. John’s Lutheran Church
April 28–29, 2017 – DOWNLOAD FLYER
Contact us at info@ReconcilingWorks.org to learn more about bringing a training to a town near you.
If you would like to schedule a BIC training, contact ReconcilingWorks at 651.665.0861
WHAT TO BRING?
- Well rested body, mind and spirit
- Your favorite writing implement
Drawing upon over thirty years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, “Building an Inclusive Church: a Welcoming Toolkit” is a step-by-step guide to help facilitate a welcoming journey in your congregation. It uses faith-based tools of relational organizing and congregational assessment. Visit our RIC resources page for other free educational resources to accompany your community’s journey.