Haywood Street Congregation Offers Training

March 03, 2018

Haywood Street Congregation is a United Methodist mission church located in Asheville, NC whose thriving ministry includes homeless and housed individuals worshipping and sharing life together. Each week at Haywood Street folks carrying all their worldly possessions in ragged backpacks worship and eat alongside privileged professionals, stay-at-home moms, students, and the working poor. Asheville is not a particularly large city, but growth in the tourism economy has led to a widening gap between the rich and the poor.
A key goal of the Haywood Street ministry is breaking down barriers that commonly divide people of privilege from people struggling in poverty. That includes letting go of traditional volunteer-service recipient models that keep each group in their place. The hope is that each person will claim their identity as a child of God with gifts to share and a role to play in the upbuilding of God’s kingdom; and that all will recognize their need for each other.
This model of ministry demands a special kind of leadership. There is the need to help church members embrace boundary-crossing as a spiritual discipline. There is a constant push and pull between mission and security. A posture of vulnerability is required and creative funding strategies are necessary.
For churches and outreach ministries seeking to grow in their efforts to minister and worship with those on the margins, Haywood Street is offering training in several formats this year:
  • A multi-day experiential training event for those interested in learning more about Haywood’s relational model of ministry, May 9th-11th
  • Companion Ministry Development Workshops for those already familiar with Haywood’s model and desire to make a shift from a more traditional “to” or “for” orientation to a “with” approach to engaging with those living on the margins
  • Advanced training and peer-to-peer learning for organizations already engaged in cutting-edge ministries with and among the poor, May 10th-11th 
For more information or to register, visit http://haywoodstreet.org/updates/events-training/
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