News from AllianceQ: April 2018

More Building an Inclusive Church Trainings Coming to You

Yes – we have added two more Building an Inclusive Church trainings to the calendar, one in Cary, NC, and one in Atlanta, GA.

Are you interested in building yet more welcome in your congregation? in your region? and in the Christian Church?

Of course you are! That’s why a Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training is for you!

And I know, I know… you’re already starting to think – “My congregation isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming…” But – that’s the whole point! This training will show you how to move a congregation from not ready, step by step, to Open & Affirming.

Trainings are also coming to Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, and Washington in the next couple of months. You can see them all on our calendar here.

Based on the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit, these trainings will give you a hands on, in depth experience of the tools of Graceful Engagement, One to One Conversations, Storytelling, and more.

Can’t make it to one of these trainings? You can still help by spreading the word!

  • Check out the calendar listing of trainings. If you know someone who might be interested, share the listing with them.
  • Each calendar listing has a flier attached. You can share that file with friends by email, on social media, or printing it out.
  • Are you interested in having a training near you? Contact Mark Johnston for information on scheduling a training!

The tools and the process outlined in the Toolkit enable a congregation to discover where it currently stands on the journey of ever increasing welcome and to create a plan to become an Open & Affirming congregation.

So use the links on our Calendar to find a training near you and sign up today!

For questions and more information contact Mark Johnston, Executive Director of AllianceQ’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, at

Several of these workshops are offered by our Lutheran friends at ReconcilingWorks. As you plan on attending one of these workshops, do be in contact with Mark Johnston for more information on resources for Disciples congregations.