Be the Bridge Training

You’re Invited to Be a Bridge Builder!

Are you passionate about making your church or community group equitable and inviting for everyone, regardless of background? Elevate your leadership skills with this transformative training event. The Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry, the Mercy and Justice Team, and other committed partners from the Annual Conference have collaborated with Be the Bridge—an organization focused on fostering racial healing, equity, and reconciliation—to offer this opportunity.

Who Should Attend?

  • Pastors: Guide congregations in a culturally diverse world effectively.
  • Church Staff: Build skills for a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • BOM and DCOM Members: Be ready to engage with diverse clergy candidates.
  • Educators: Foster cultural accountability in spiritual and academic settings.
  • Community Leaders: Enhance cultural awareness and responsibility.

Why Choose This Program?

  1. Improve Leadership Skills for a Diverse Church – Learn how to be a better leader in your church by understanding and celebrating everyone’s unique backgrounds. This fits well with Christian teachings about love and respect.
  2. Learn How to Be More Inclusive – Gain valuable skills to ensure everyone feels welcome and valued, whether you’re a church leader, volunteer, or part of a community group.
  3. Connect Modern Issues with Biblical Teachings – Understand topics like race and culture in a new way by connecting them to lessons from the Bible. This will help you relate spiritual wisdom to real-world problems.
  4. Benefit from a Team Effort – Various organizations and stakeholders committed to promoting equity and fairness in communities are collaborating on this training program. This collaboration strengthens the program and firmly grounds it in Christian values.
  5. Get Ready to Make a Real Difference – This training will prepare you to make positive changes in your community. You’ll learn how to tackle challenging issues like racial inequality in a way that aligns with Christian beliefs.

What topics are covered?

Dive into today’s essential conversations about race, culture, and diversity, all while using the Bible as our guide. We’ll use scripture to understand how to make things equal and include people of diverse cultures in our faith communities. We’ll also look at the past and future race issues in America. We’ll also share tips on spotting and stopping unconscious bias to help more people feel welcome in our congregations. The program will introduce you to ways to understand people from different backgrounds better.

Training dates

Choose one of these six opportunities to attend the training. Information and registration links for each set of dates will be added as details are confirmed.

  • November 16-18, 2023 (First UMC in Hays, KS) – Register here
  • March 14-16, 2024 (Lincoln, NE)
  • June 27-29, 2024 (Wichita St. Mark’s UMC)
  • November 14-16, 2024 (Omaha, NE)
  • March 13-15, 2025 (Overland Park, KS)
  • June 12-14, 2025 (Kearney, NE)