Vulnerable Children and Foster Care

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.

Max McGhee

Initiative for Vulnerable Children
Saddleback Church

Mary Kamanzi

Executive Director
The PEACE Plan Rwanda

Scott Burdick

Orange County Social Services

Amanda Purvis

Texas Christian University
Trauma-Informed Care
Disaster Relief and Refugees

Disaster Relief and Refugees

Do you wish you could help the millions who have had to flee their homes due to persecution, violence, or natural disaster?  Get practical training to equip your church how to work with local churches on the ground to triage needs and 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.

Michelle Haddad

Relief Coordinator
Saddleback Relief

Ken Cruz

Saddleback Church
Addressing Poverty in the Developing World

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.

Brian Fikkert

Founder and Executive Director,
Chalmers Center; author of When Helping Hurts

Chris Thomas

Saddleback Church
Business Start-Up and 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.


Joel Assaraf

Pastor of PEACE Training and Development
Saddleback Church
Literacy and Education - Worldwide Literacy Training (240 Languages)

Literacy and Education- Worldwide Literacy Training (240 Languages)

One billion people in the world cannot read and write, which makes them less able to communicate and unable to read the Bible, news, or important documents. Get training on how to develop a literacy ministry that can teach adults to read and write, (in any of 240 languages), transforming their lives and communities.

Sid Rice

Director, Literacy & Evangelism International

Tedd Lodes

Literacy & Evangelism International

Joyce Harman

Saddleback Church
Literacy and Education: English as a Second Language

Literacy and Education: English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language in a foreign country can open a world of opportunities. Learn to teach local churches  how to start an ESL program  enabling more people in their community to be conversant in English and acquire a marketable skill.

Ilene Bradberry

Saddleback Church


 Not every community has access to a local hospital or clinic, but every community has a local church of believers.  You don’t have to be a medical professional to learn primary and preventative medical skills.  The church community can offer care for individuals struggling with conditions like mental health,  HIV/AIDS, Malaria and waterborne diseases.

Kris Kang

Saddleback Church

Dr. Steve Wiersma

Dr. William Gustin

Clean Water Sourcing, Conservation, and Hygiene

Clean Water

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.

Phil DeRose

Saddleback Church

Monica Delin

Saddleback Church

Larry Ledgerwood


Jerry Dalo

Church Planting for Unreached, Unengaged People Groups

Church Planting for Unreached, Unengaged People Groups

There are 4 billion peoplewho currently have no access to believers, a Bible, or a body of Christ. Learn the best practices in planting churches to reach the unreached, even among purely oral learners.

Hector Tamez

Church Planter & International Orality Network
Mission Leader Training

It’s a new era in Mission. We’ll take a look at what Local Churches are doing in the areas of mobilization, equipping and sending their members to make an impact locally and globally.

Mike Constantz

Pastor of Global PEACE
Saddleback Church

Skip Lanfried

Local Mission Pastor Saddleback Church

Rana Muncy

Mission Director of Regional Campuses Saddleback Church

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