SHARP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS
FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION
An understanding of the Child Welfare System from the different perspectives of case-workers,
foster families, bio-families, and the children.
How to begin, develop, and sustain healthy relationships and Biblical community with under-resourced populations.
EDUCATION STRUGGLES AND POSSIBILITIES
An inside look at the educational struggles we face and a discussion on how we can individually and collectively combat the struggles and their effect on students. While also exploring new avenues for education that offer new hope!
A LOOK AT POVERTY
Discussing the effect of lack in impoverished communities; lack of healthy environments, supportive relationships, and opportunities. As well as addressing the assets found in each community.
TRAUMA & COMPASSION FATIGUE
This training will cover an intro to trauma and the deep truth behind healing that comes from "bearing one-another's burdens." It will look at traumatic experiences, symptoms of PTSD, culture shock, treatment, and healing through relationship. It will also cover compassion fatigue, the associated symptoms and warning signs, and when to get help, in order to ensure the emotional and physical health of the caregiver.
JUSTICE & COMPASSION
The comparison of oppressive justice and compassion versus true (Biblical) justice and compassion in under-resourced communities. The Church's relationship with and these communities must be propelled by the Spirit of God -- not by our "good" works.
A look at gang culture and life while finding the common ground that we can stand on to build trusting relationships that will lead to life and freedom.
An explanation of the ways in which women are pushed to the margins of society. With this will come an understanding of the challenges that these women face everyday, and the ways in which we can offer support.
BUILDING BRIDGES: CHRISTIANS & MUSLIMS
A look at Islamic beliefs and Arab culture in order to learn how best to love our Muslim neighbors. And in the process, discovering common ground that will allow friendships to grow.
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
A look at the various international communities living with us in Oklahoma. We will look at immigration, the refugee journey and international students. We will look at the strength of these communities as well as some struggles they may face when coming to a new place and culture. Our heart is welcome to the newcomer with friendship and the Love of Christ.
CULTIVATING DIVERSE RELATIONSHIPS
Discussing how to pursue friendship and truth in relationships with those of different faiths, socioeconomic status, or cultures.
UP, IN, & OUT: KINGDOM RHYTHMS
A challenging look at our current method of community within churches, followed by a countercultural alternative. Discussing the "up, in and out" values of encouraging, challenging, and Kingdom community.
Learning how to pray God's Word and listen to the Holy Spirit in order for God's Kingdom to come in our personal lives and in the lives of others.
An overview of state programs that are available to under-resourced communities and how to access these.
RACE RELATIONS AND RECONCILIATION
An honest portrayal of the present situation of racism in OKC and how it must and can be reconciled. A time to ask some hard questions and evaluate our own hearts in the light of truth.
This class will cover basic communication tips with those who speak English as their second language. It will also provide an overview of how adults learn and practical ideas for helping others learn English.
A practical understanding of how to operate in an integrated community. Discussion on how to live, serve, worship, and engage in a community of believers and non-believers.
This class reviews the process of helping refugee friends find sustainable, meaningful employment. This process goes through searching for appropriate employment, the application process, interview readiness, employer relations, and more. It addresses the need for employment not only as a job search, but also as an opportunity to empower others.
Learning how to use entrepreneurial talents to create sustainable, empowering employment. This class also addresses using your current employment for the Kingdom of Christ.
ENGAGING YOUR CHURCH
This session offers practical methods to encourage relational, long-term ministry to an existing ministry model. Employing encouragement and edification to reclaim ministries for the Kingdom of Christ.
An example of how to live out the Kingdom in an inner-city context. This session talks through indigenous leadership, celebrating existing culture, and discipleship in multi-housing complexes.
DO NONPROFITS WORK?
This topic will look at how effective nonprofits are started and run, as well as situations in which starting a nonprofit may not be the most effective way to combat poverty and marginalization.
HISTORY OF BURMA
An overview of the culture, conflict, and current state of Burma and its people groups.
An introduction to the theory and practice of gardening in the urban context. This session will give examples of how gardening can partner with education, business, and community initiatives to bring new life.