We know there’s evil in the world. You don’t have to look very far to see the toll racism takes on our society, and with an estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery, human trafficking lurks just below the surface in both your neighborhood and around the globe. Learn how your church can tackle issues like these and protect the vulnerable.
Learn from the volunteer-led team at Saddleback Church that has developed strategies that ordinary church members can implement in any church. Discover strategies for how to tackle human trafficking from all sides – prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation.
Opioid Crisis & Celebrate Recovery®
Opioid Addiction is one of the fastest growing public health emergencies in the United States. Today 130 people will die of opioid overdose in the US. To end an epidemic on this scale we need to bring it out into the light, and provide the kind of hope, healing and community that only the Church can provide to people struggling with or affected by opioid addiction.
Your church can become a center of safety and support for your community. Learn from the Celebrate Recovery® team the tools that they have grown and tested in 30,000 churches worldwide to help families and communities overcome these addictions and break free. You don’t have to be a professional to make a dent in one of the biggest challenges facing American communities today – all you need is a willingness to get started.
Vulnerable Children and Foster Care
We don’t want to just help orphans – we want to end the orphan crisis. The only way to stop an orphan being an orphan is to make them a son or daughter of a loving family. Learn how you can find a family for every child and equip churches and parents with the skills to care for them. This program is modeled after the success in Rwanda, which has closed its orphanages as children have found permanent homes, and Orange County’s coalition of churches that are working together to empty the foster care system.
Hear the strategy behind the model that is working to empty the foster care system in Southern California from the church and government leaders developing it and learn how to get involved
In Orange County, a movement of local churches is mobilizing to tackle the issue of vulnerable children, partnering with local government to raise up foster and adoptive families to find a family for every child waiting and equip those families to best care for the developmental needs of those children. Hear from Scott Burdick is a Deputy Division Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency’s Children and Family Service and Don Verleur, CEO of Olive Crest on strategies that assist churches to work with government and organizations to tackle widespread issues for the best interest of vulnerable children.
Learn directly from the leaders who helped empty orphanages in Rwanda
Mary Kamanzi, Director of the PEACE Plan in Rwanda,knows firsthand the importance of equipping the church with ministries that raise up and support adoptive families – she’s watched it empty the orphanages in her country.
An adoptive mother, Mary has been a leader in the PEACE Plan efforts to transition Rwanda from an institution-based child welfare system to a family-based system, effectively transitioning nearly 3,000 children out of Rwandan orphanages and into families by mobilizing local Rwandan churches.
Glean from the best in trauma-informed care for children from hard places
Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an evidence based training offering renewed hope to caregivers and parents of kids from hard places. We’ve seen that these trauma-informed tools are instrumental for helping churches come alongside adoptive and foster parents, as well as any volunteer working with kids from hard places! In this track, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about these tools directly from Amanda Purvis of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, the center that has developed and researched these ground breaking, proven methods.
Initiative for Vulnerable Children
The PEACE Plan Rwanda
Orange County Social Services
Texas Christian University
Disaster Relief and Refugees
Have you ever watched news of a natural disaster and wished that you could do something to step into the pain of those affected? Do you wish you could help the millions who have had to flee their homes due to persecution, violence, or war? While these seem like overwhelming issues, the truth is you don’t have to be a professional to come alongside the hurting.
Learn how you and your church can step into the needs of those struggling in the aftermath of tragedy. Get practical training to equip yourself and others to serve local churches on the ground – from where to get started, to how to triage needs, and how to provide much-needed emotional support. Learn trauma counseling skills from leaders who have implemented them in cross-cultural settings both in the US and abroad.
Hear the best practice tips from leaders who mobilized and worked alongside local churches in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Michael, Irma, Maria, the California wildfires, the Sri Lankan church bombings, and Cyclone Fani in India.
Poverty in the Developing World
It might be shocking, but it’s true – ending poverty is not about giving more money. One of the most effective, empowering ways to end poverty is to teach the poor how to create wealth through the primary financial skills of saving and budgeting.
Become certified to install Savings Groups in the safety and stability of a local church. This training, based on the research-based tools coming out of the Chalmers Center has been implemented by ordinary Saddleback Church members in Rwanda, where the country has been transformed as hundreds of churches have started savings groups that have pulled the poor out of poverty.
Founder and Executive Director,
Chalmers Center for Economic Development
Business Start-Up and Economic Development
Help families break the cycle of poverty by equipping them with skills to build a business. Often when we confront poverty in our local context, it’s tempting to think that pulling out our wallet will solve the issue. Yet what if we could create solutions that empower the poor to develop a new relationship with finances that set them and their families up for long term success.
Your church can become a hub for neighborhood transformation. Business development training, based on groundbreaking, proven methods out of the Chalmers Center equips local churches to offer programming that doesn’t just teach job skills, but also offers discipleship in a Godly worldview towards work and financial management.
Pastor of PEACE Training and Development
Literacy and Education
1 billion adults in the world cannot read and write, which makes them less able to communicate and unable to read important documents or the Bible. Get training in how to develop a literacy ministry that can teach adults to read and write, transforming their lives and communities.
Learn directly from Sid Rice, President and CEO of Literacy & Evangelism International, on their unique methodology that has been adapted into literacy primers in more than 240 languages around the world. You don’t have to be a teacher to help a church implement programming that will raise the education level of their communities.
Director, Literacy & Evangelism International
In some parts of the world, healthcare is a luxury not everyone can afford. At the same time, ordinary people can be equipped with basic skills to care for or prevent the illnesses affecting the largest numbers of people. While not every community has access to a hospital or clinic within walking distance, almost every community has a local church of believers who can learn primary and preventative skills to meet and prevent healthcare needs before they become critical issues.
You don’t have to be a medical professional to learn how to make a local church a center for care and a place of welcome and healing for people struggling with stigmatized conditions like mental health or HIV/AIDS. Gain strategies for equipping families to prevent the biggest disease burdens in their context – including malaria and waterborne diseases.
Pastor of Mental Health
Dr. Steve Wiersma
Senior Pastor Track – Your Role in Mission
The church was made for mission – it’s one of the purposes healthy churches are designed to fulfill in the world. Jesus and his disciples modeled that the Church is meant to be the place where life change and practical solutions flow out from healthy members to the world.
For too long, the Church has seen Mission as the role of just the chosen few professional missionaries and organization – but those days are over. A vision for unified, healthy churches serving their communities is spreading across the globe through The PEACE Plan, a local and global missions approach that mobilizes your members and connects your church to local churches around the world.
Every church member was made for a mission in their world through their local church – when ordinary Christians live out this calling, the result is sustainable, with widespread change in lives, in the community, and across the globe.
When the ordinary members of your church to live out the mission they were made for, the world can be changed for the better.
Energize your church, promote discipleship, grow the kingdom. We’ll show you how.
Pastor of Global PEACE
Pastor of Purpose Driven Development
Mission Leader Training Track
Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene skills has the potential to prevent almost 10% of disease across the globe – and sometimes it’s as simple as teaching someone how to wash their hands. Get equipped with technical know-how for installing clean water devices and practical training to improve water and hygiene related health around the world.
This training has helped create healthier families across the nation of Rwanda, where ordinary Saddleback Church members have helped hundreds of churches implement hygiene training and sustainable clean water technologies. Learn practical, hands on skills, including how to make a “tippy tap” hand washing station constructed out of materials found in any rural or urban developing community.