Experience Ministry with the Poor! Register for a Regional Training Today!

The best way to understand the features of Ministry With is to experience a transformational ministry in action. Three of this year's Ministry with the Poor Experiential Trainings already have open registration -- start planning your glimpse at Ministry with the Poor today! For more information and online registration, check out the links below:

  • Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina (May 1-3, 2016):
    Experience the Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina. At Haywood Street, people carrying all their worldly possessions in ragged backpacks worship and eat alongside privileged professionals, stay-at-home moms, students and the working poor--a diversity of race, ethnicity, age and class that is not typical of United Methodist Churches. "Table" is the central metaphor at Haywood Street. At the altar table or dinner table, in the meeting room or around the picnic table, this strikingly diverse congregation is thriving in part because of its emphasis on authentic relationship and mutual service.
  • Cass Community UMC in Detroit, Michigan (May 18-20, 2016):
    Cass Community Social Services and Cass Community United Methodist Church will once again host a nation-wide best practices event with an emphasis on housing, employment and community development. This year's event will be geared toward those looking for ideas on how to implement programs in their own communities. This hands-on, how-to Ministry WITH training will focus on: Job creation in a post-industrial city using community resources and volunteers; Theology of work; Developing self-sustaining jobs; The story of Cass Community Social Services; How to recruit and use volunteers.
  • Church and Community Development for All People in Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 22-24, 2016):
    Diverse gifts strengthen the Body of Christ, helping us become local agents for community development and reconciliation. Explore how multicultural ministry can take your church community to the next level. Whether you yearn to take the next step in reaching out to a community that is different from the people who sit in the pews on Sunday, or are already engaged in multicultural, multi-class ministry and desire for it to grow deeper, this experience is for you!

The trainings at Haywood Street and Cass offer partial scholarships from Global Ministries on a first-come, first-serve basis--info about scholarships is included in the links above. Register today for one or more of these trainings, and be sure to sign up for the Ministry with the Poor network to receive email announcements, updates about new resources, and news about other trainings right to your inbox!


Nicholas Laccetti

Nicholas Laccetti is the Ministry with the Poor communicator, based out of the offices of the General Board for Global Ministries in New York City. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2015, where he studied the intersections between popular religion, theology, and social change.

About This Blog

Read and comment on a range of personal reflections and perspectives about poverty and Ministry with the Poor. Our goal is to attract diverse voices and points of view from United Methodists and friends, including people and communities living in conditions of poverty, other experts, religious leaders, community organizers, advocates, policy makers, volunteers, and all engaged in Ministry with the Poor.


  1. mission
  2. children
  3. Mutuality
  4. us and them
  5. Race
  6. Power
  7. self and other
  8. hospitality
  9. Family
  10. Listening
  11. Neighbors
  12. Jobs
  13. poverty rate
  14. worship
  15. Civil Rights
  16. stereotyping
  17. Policy
  18. Wesley
  19. Education
  20. unemployment
  21. Food Security
  22. Minorities
  23. Leaders
  24. Training
  25. Theology