CRS offers regular training opportunities for member congregations and outside leaders and organizations. Building powerful, knowledgeable leaders who can win change is central to the mission of CRS. If you would like us to bring an individualized training to your church, school, or organization, contact Delia Ramirez, at

Three Day Organizing Training

Presented by CRS' Organizing staff and focused on faith-based principles, this three-day training identifies key organizing principles, how values influence those principles, and how you can become an effective organizer and leader. Participants will engage in organizing training with seminarians, community leaders, partners and church leaders committed to social justice, and will experience the richness of relationship and collaboration that effective organizing offers. Sessions include:

  • The Melian Debate
  • History and Priniciples of Organizing
  • Values
  • Relational Meetings
  • Agitation
  • Relational Meetings II
  • Base Building and Leadership Development
  • Cutting Issues
  • Power Analysis
  • Winning Actions
  • Accountability
  • Effective Meetings
  • Campaign Building and Analysis

The training runs from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the first two days and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third day. Register early to receive the discounted $300 rate, or pay the standard rate of $350. Sponsored leaders from member congregations should contact their organizers for a discounted rate.  For more information contact Delia Ramirez,

Register for Three Day Organizing Training

Confronting Pharoah: A Congregational Justice Training

Offered to member congregations in two sessions of two and a half hours each, this training provides congregations with the basic skills to build relationships, power, and new justice ministries in their congregations. CRS Organizing staff will bring this training to congregations with at least 20 people ready to get trained.

Session I covers:

  • Living Out the Gospel Call to Do Justice
  • Understanding Power in Your Congregations
  • Relational Meetings

Session II covers:

  • Identifying Issues in Your Congregation or Community
  • Creating Justice Ministries
  • Building Relationships with Public Officials

Congregations should contact their local organizer if they are interested in hosting a training. 

Advocacy Training

The Policy team offers training to help community leaders and advocates better understand our key issues, the state legislative process, and how to be an effective advocate. Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want, and need, to hear your perspective.

Chicago Advocacy 101 Workshop Register >
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community Church

What do your city elected officials make decisions on, how does public policy impact you, and why should you care as a person of faith? This workshop will help you develop a foundational understanding of how public policy is made in Chicago and how the city’s politics impact the process.  Learn how to effectively engage with city elected officials about ordinances, resolutions, orders, etc.  Find out about city advocacy campaigns and how to participate in local government. Presented by Luis Carrizales, Associate Director of City and County Policy,

Illinois Advocacy 101 Workshop Register >
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany United Church of Christ

What is faith-rooted advocacy and how do you do it? Your voice is vitally important. Learn how to be an effective social change advocate, how a bill becomes a law in Illinois, and how to run productive legislative meetings. Presented by Lindsey Hammond, Associate Director of State Policy,

Justifying Justice in the Church
Time & Location TBD

"How is social justice compatible with the Holy Scriptures?" "How do we begin talking about justice in our congregation?”  These questions, and many others, often surface in the life of congregations. Whether small or large; urban, suburban, or rural; whatever racial or ethnic demographic most represented in the congregation, the question of why churches should engage in the work of justice is challenging to answer. Through an intense reflection and study of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, and the Kingdom of God,  This workshop aims to provide churches with a Scripturally-informed, theological foundation for understanding how justice work is critical to Christian life. Presented by Rev. Saeed Richardson, Director of Policy; Associate Pastor Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church (Washington Park Community).

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