Guidelines for Training Organizers
Faith communities across the country are drawing from deep wells of legacy to organize and advocate for a more just world. In its early days of radical community, Sojourners was active in the art of community-based public witness in the depressed Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Forty-one years later, Sojourners is a leading national Christian organization that reaches diverse communities across the country. Sojourners advocates for social and racial justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship—mobilizing toward the kingdom of God.
Sojourners’ Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper offers a general “Faith in Action Organizing and Advocacy” training, “Organizing for Immigration Reform” training, “How to Build a Regional Mobilizing Circle” training, and training on “How to Develop High-Impact Relationships with Legislators.”(Please feel free to inquire about other topics that are of particular interest to your community.)
Faith in Action Organizing and Advocacy: This training draws from the deep wells of wisdom from multiple heroes of biblical justice. Participants will gain the basic tools and insights needed to analyze their community, strategize, build collaborative networks, and take action—all in a way that draws from the roots of their faith.
Organizing for Immigration Reform: Participants will gain a current and contextualized understanding of immigration reform, while learning how to make an impact in their region through faith-rooted action and advocacy. Through the prism of immigration reform, Sojourners will offer participants basic tools and insights needed to analyze their community, strategize, build collaborative networks, and take action for change.
How to Build a Regional Mobilizing Circle: Sojourners offers training and ongoing consultation to develop and sustain a Regional Mobilizing Circle in your city. The training will unpack four themes that ground the work of Regional Mobilizing Circle networks, including: spiritual formation, community organizing, education and training, and advocacy. Participants will also receive tools to lead their Circle through a process of discerning its vision and mission; setting goals, outcomes, and strategies; forming an effective core team; learning to mobilize resources and funding; and engaging their communities.
How to Develop High-Impact Relationships with Legislators: There are two kinds of power that organizers must understand how to activate: the power to move legislation and the power to move money. Traditional organizing principles deem people with these kinds of power, such as legislators, as “targets” to be moved. We do not. We see these power brokers as people with a history, a context, and a soul that yearns to be ministered to. Participants will gain practical faith-rooted tools for recruitment assessment and discipling (mentoring) people with power.
Fees cover consulting fee for one trainer and training materials for each participant.
Up to 25 participants
26 to 50 participants
51 to 75 participants
76 to 100 participants
* A discounted rate is available for members of the Sojourners National Mobilizing Circle.
** Additional Trainers:
- Alexia Salvatierra: “Faith in Action” co-trainer (includes Spanish-language translation)
- Rachel Anderson: “How to Build a Regional Mobilizing Circle”
- Tim King: “Using Media to Move the Message” (post-training webinar)
This projected fee does not include the additional costs of travel and housing for the trainer(s), the venue, food for participants, and training supplies. To keep training costs down we recommend that organizers work with a network of local and regional organizations to donate venue space, food, and training supplies in exchange for being listed as training co-sponsors.
One way to cut down on the overall cost of your training event is to locate your training in an area with dining options within a short walking distance of the training site. With restaurants in close proximity, participants can quickly pick-up meals during breaks. At minimum, water, coffee, tea, and snacks should be provided at regular intervals during the training.
Venue & A/V Requirements:
- Audio/visual projector with speakers and screen
- Wireless Internet Connection (ideal)
- Lapel or Lavaliere Microphone (for groups over 50)
- Podium (or music stand)
- Round tables and chairs that seat approximately 8 to 10 participants per table
- Side tables for registration, sponsoring organization displays, and Sojourners’ display and books.
Other Needed Training Supplies: