Certifications

Quick Summary

Customized, interactive, on-site training programs focused on biblical principles, foundational concepts, and the goals and needs of your organization.

How long are your on-site training programs?

We work with the leadership of the organization to select the content (below) and the length of the training program. Whenever possible, we typically recommend a two day format to maximize our impact with the organization.  We have found that a two day format allows adequate time for presentations, exercises, dialogue, and processing. With shorter time frames, we often hear the feedback, “We wish we had more time!”

How many people can participate in a certification?

In most cases, we recommend that the core leadership of the organization go through a certification first. If possible, it is helpful if that group can be 30 individuals or less to allow for more personal interaction and dialogue. Then, certifications can be provided for a group of any size. But, keep in mind, the larger the group, the more difficult it is to incorporate small/large group dialogue and engagement. We will work with your leadership to select an effective group size, venue, format, etc.

Why do you encourage organizational leaders to go through the training first?

  • We respect leaders: We assume it is their privilege and responsibility to lead change (1 Thess. 5:12-13).
  • It models intentionality: It demonstrates to everyone in the organization that it is a high priority.
  • Common framework: It helps the leadership to get on the same page with their goals and plans.

How do you choose the content?

  • Prayer and Dialogue: We spend time in prayer and listening/talking with the leadership of the organization to determine the content that will be most beneficial.
  • Gathering data: Whenever possible, we collect data in the organization using our climate survey and/or self-assessment. We use the results to customize the content to the needs of the training participants.
  • Experience: We have worked with thousands of Christian leaders. The content is a combination of the topics and exercises we have found to be the most beneficial.
  • Experts: We have enjoyed learning from a diverse group of experts and practitioners across the U.S. The content of our training programs reflect a wide variety of perspectives and expertise.

What topics do you cover?

We work with your leadership, collect data, etc. to select the training topics (see above).  We recommend that you watch the Four Essential Practices Video and take the Self-Inventory to learn about the topics we typically emphasize. Here are some examples:

  • What is the difference between race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture? What are social constructs?
  • Is talking about race/ethnicity a distraction from the gospel or is it an integral part of the gospel?
  • What does the Bible say about race/ethnicity?
  • What is God’s plan for race/ethnic relations?
  • Does the Bible teach that we should be color blind?
  • Is our society post-racial? If not, how does a person’s race still effect their life experiences?
  • What are racial disparities? Are they increasing or decreasing? What causes and perpetuates them?
  • How does racialization impact all of us?
  • What does the Bible teach about prejudice, discrimination, and racism?
  • How are personal and systemic barriers related?
  • What are the historical roots of racialization in the U.S.?
  • What is white privilege, white power, white supremacy? How were they developed? How are they perpetuated?
  • How can I understand and address common barriers for white people (e.g. fear, apathy, guilt) and for people of color (e.g. anger, resentment, exhaustion)?
  • What are some biblical solutions for race/ethnic divisions and injustice?
  • Is it unbiblical and unfair to give special treatment to some people and groups? Is that reverse racism?
  • Does the Bible address power dynamics? If so, how are we instructed to share power in Christian communities?
  • What is the biblical model for race/ethnic integration?
  • How can I apply these concepts in my organization?

What type of feedback do you receive?

Here are a few example comments. Click here for many more comments we have received.

I appreciated how (the training) provided a biblical framework but also had practical applications. I liked that it addressed the issue from both sides and very different backgrounds.

I particularly enjoyed the rooting of unity and reconciliation found in scripture.

It was helpful to hear from members of minority ethnicities about the constant pressure they feel to assimilate into the dominant culture and give up or hide who they really are.

The stories, examples, and videos were the most meaningful to me. Both trainers told their stories very well and were genuine. The stories clarified the concepts without embarrassing anyone.

The Bible passages and their connection to the conversation were extremely powerful and helped us stay rooted in what can drive this whole thing.

Both speakers were very insightful & were very thought-provoking & eye-opening! The training was executed & organized very well!

This was extremely helpful, and it was very engaging. I am definitely going to be going back over my notes. It gave me a new perspective.

The training was interesting, educational, enlightening, transformative (I’m out of adjectives) for me.

How do you cover the topics?

  • Scripture: We incorporate biblical passages and themes throughout all of the content.
  • Videos: We show short videos of case studies and scenarios to spark dialogue and illustrate key concepts.
  • Exercises: We do many exercises as individuals, small groups, and a large group.
  • Dialogue: Small and large group dialogue plays a central role throughout our time. Questions are encouraged.
  • Presentations: We do “teach” in segments, but our goal is to help participants discover concepts and develop action steps on their own through exercises and dialogue.

Do participants leave with practical action steps?

We typically include suggestions for practical action steps and opportunities for participants to reflect on how they will apply the content. However, we also recognize that effective action steps typically:

  • Come from the Holy Spirit (not us)
  • Require prayer, reflection, and research
  • Are discussed with teammates
  • Are processed with a coach, mentor, or supervisor

It is typically not possible for the above items to take place during our training programs. Therefore, we focus on helping the participants to have a biblical, effective foundation for selecting effective action steps after the training is over.

What options are available for being certified?

  • Internal: An on-site training for the leaders in your organization
  • Joint: Partner with other organizations in your area (learn more)
  • Open registration: Trainings that are open to the public (see below)

How much do internal certifications cost?

A two day certification led by two of our staff is typically around $5000 plus travel/housing expenses–which covers travel arrangements, pre-planning, content customization, and the training program. Please contact us for a quote and date availability.

Are there less expensive options?

Yes, please see joint trainings and “open registration certifications” below.

What are “open registration certifications”?

Certification trainings which are open to any leader who would like to register. Please contact us if you are interested and register/subscribe to stay informed about upcoming opportunities.

How much does it cost to use your materials for internal trainings?

The cost varies depending on the needs of the organization. There are two components:

  • Cost for the trainers training: We typically charge $2000/day for 2 staff facilitators (plus transportation and housing) plus a one-time setup fee of $1000 per trip. So, if we determine two days would be sufficient for the trainers training then the cost would be $5000 + T&E.
  • Trainers Annual Fee: This includes the usage of the materials (videos, powerpoint, handouts, etc.) and, if desired, on-going connection with the trainer(s). The fee varies depending on the number of trainers, how often the materials will be used, plans for on-going connection, etc. It would most likely be between $100-$1000 per trainer per year.

Please contact us for a quote and more details.