Pathways | Grow
Spiritual Formation & Contextual Growth
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:
Holistic Compassion Ministry
This series of trainings is designed to help churches, non-profits, community groups, & individuals to faithfully & holistically bear witness to Kin(g)dom of God in vulnerable & marginalized neighborhoods. Framed by Noel Castellano’s book, “Where the Cross Meets the Streets”, these sessions will create space for practitioners to learn, dialogue about, & wrestle with paradigm shifting truths. Castellano’s contends that “the whole work of The Cross” calls us to demonstrate compassion, work for restoration & development of individuals AND distressed communities, & to confront injustice with love. Participants in these trainings will be given time-tested & biblically crafted tools to cultivate the spiritual vitality, theological depth, cultural intelligence, social consciousness, & historical awareness necessary to effectively transition from seasonal charity to sustained solidarity with the least, the last and the lost.
Fall Dates TBA
Bridges Out of Poverty
This interactive one-day workshop will give you a 'framework' for understanding poverty and how it relates to income groups: opening your eyes to a different perspective on how we live and work in society and community. Different groups in our society live by cues and habits that are 'hidden'; others don't see these cues and habits or understand how they function. You will learn about these and other thought-provoking, practical theories to develop a greater understanding of how to build bridges across sectors to achieve the ultimate goal of a sustainable and thriving communities.
The Poverty Simulation is put on by Crisis Control Ministries and walks participants through what it is like to walk in the shoes of community members living in poverty.
This role-playing workshop takes approximately 4 hours to complete - but it is 4 hours well spent. You will leave with a new perspective of the contexts our neighbors are often living in, and the obstacles they work to overcome everyday.
Check back soon for the next Poverty Simulation coming this Winter!