Contextual Growth & Spiritual Formation

Love Out Loud desires for each of us as community members to be involved in service that we are passionate about - AND to be fully aware of the contextual framework that we step into and the crucial spiritual formation that moves us from transaction to transformation. We partner with local ministries & organizations to bring training and growth opportunities on a variety of topics.

The Pathways team looks forward to walking alongside you in finding the best fit for you right here in our community. We believe growth is an important part of every volunteer process. Whether you prefer reading through a book or attending a workshop, here are a few thought-provoking resources that may be helpful in getting started, sparking your thinking and stirring your heart:


Teach In #2: Healing Justice

This second of three sessions will continue to cultivate a theology of compassion rooted in the costly grace of Jesus. Recovering the biblical old & new testament theme of “justice”, will work to form deep awareness of  structural/systemic injustice & the historical trauma that communities who have suffered through it carry. Finally, we will unpack biblical examples of communities that organized themselves for faith-rooted confrontation of injustice. We’ll answer questions about how compassion ministries should by all means be not only be aware of, but also be actively seeking ways to creatively overcome & heal from legacies of oppression that impact the day-to-day lives of those they love & serve.
All trainings will be held at Love Out Loud’s Office Space - The Saltbox
1650 Ivy Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Tuesday, July 16, 12 - 2p : Information Here
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 - 8:30p : Information Here
Saturday, July 27, 10:30a - 12:30p : Information Here

Teach in #3: "Lead Us Not Into Gentrification: Development, Displacement, & The Tale of Two Winston-Salem’s"

Winston-Salem is experiencing a renewal that is skipping over the least of these. As we boast of being one of the best U.S. cities for economically mobile people to relocate to, poverty remains nearly intractable for those born into it here.
Does this reality mean that gentrification is on the horizon? If so, can people of good conscious-both vulnerable & privileged- be a force that pushes against its winds of displacement? What role can the broader community play in redressing & healing the historic wounds of racial injustice & economic dispossession? How can we advocate for & create renewal efforts that center the most vulnerable sections of our city? Can our city truly be a place of "peace" as long as there are "two Winston-Salems"?
All trainings will be held at Love Out Loud’s Office Space - The Saltbox
1650 Ivy Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Saturday, August 10, 10:30a - 12:30p : Information Here
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 - 8:30p : Information Here
Tuesday, August 20, 12 - 2p : Information Here

Poverty Simulation

The Poverty Simulation is put on by Crisis Control Ministries.

This role-playing workshop cost $10 and will leave with a new perspective of the contexts our neighbors are often living in, and the obstacles they work to overcome everyday. Each attendee will be given a role and feel what it is like to walk in the shoes of community members living in poverty.

Upcoming Events TBA


Racial Equity Institute:

This two day workshop is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in their organization and in the community where the organization is working and for those persons who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities and disparities within our society. Contact Kenneth:

Upcoming Dates:

July 9 -10, 9a - 5p @ First Presbyterian Church: Register Here

July 19-20, 9a - 5p (YOUTH ) @ The Saltbox: Register Here

July 21 - 22, 9a - 5p @ Parkway United Church of Christ: Register Here

Nov 11 - 12, 9a - 5p @ The Saltbox: Register Here


The Bridges Out of Poverty Training is designed to develop understanding across social and economic groups. Cultures have norms and we all respond based on the hidden rules of our upbringing. This training provides an understanding of the hidden rules for individuals in poverty, middle class, and wealth with the goal of providing avenues of success for all. Individuals who work regularly with those living in poverty or want to advocate for those in poverty will benefit from this training.

The Bridges Out of Poverty training sponsored by Crisis Control Ministry is a 4-hour session held several times a year. It is open to all residents of Forsyth County. There is no fee to attend but you must register and it is strongly advised that you read Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities by Ruby K. Payne, PhD before attending. Books are available for $10 at Crisis Control Ministry, 200 E. 10th Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.

Fri, June 28 @ Crisis Control 8:30a : MORE INFO
(Free, but Registration required by 6/21)

Fri, Nov 8 @ Crisis Control 8:30a : MORE INFO
(Free, but Registration required by 11/1)


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