Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, NEXT Church, and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation are teaming up once again to offer a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership.

This certificate program consists of a one-week intensive in-person training followed by a 6-month distance learning cohort to integrate the training into the learners’ work. The in-person training will take place October 22-27, 2018 in Baltimore, MD, with the distance learning occurring two times per month from November–April (exact dates to be determined). The program is open to clergy, laypeople, community leaders, seminarians, and others interested in organizing and community engagement. Participants must be 21 years old or older to register. 


The program aims to:

  • teach clergy and lay leaders to apply the basic universals and disciplines of community organizing to their ministry contexts.

  • provide tools for those engaged in the work of congregational transformation, new church development, and neighborhood/organizational revitalization.

  • guide participants in theological reflection about systemic change.

  • spark leaders' imaginations in the effective use of technology as an organizing tool.

  • nurture participants as they establish for themselves new patterns of leadership.

  • connect leaders to an established support network.

  • Cost for certificate program (week-long and distance learning): $1,098

  • Cost for week-long intensive only: $799

The cost includes training and some meals during the week - long intensive training. Housing and additional meals are not included.A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to complete your registration and hold your spot.