Conference Workshops

Track 1: Human Trafficking

Workshop 1: Human Trafficking 101

Presenter: Derri Smith, Executive Director of End Slavery TN
 
You might have thought slavery ended after the Civil War. Think again. There are more slaves now than at any time in history! Human trafficking is just a way of saying “the ways people are moved from freedom into slavery.” Through violence. Lies. Manipulation. Threats. Today’s slaves are forced into labor, service or sex slavery to make money for their “owners.” You see, the same people who traffic drugs and weapons realize that selling people is more profitable and less risky. People can be sold repeatedly. In the case of a sex slave, that might be 10, 20 or more times a day. In labor slavery, goods and services are continually produced without compensating the laborer. In this workshop, participants will learn about the problem of human trafficking and how End Slavery TN is addressing this issue.
 

Workshop 2: Creating Presence in the Local Community on Trafficking and Gender Violence

Presenters: James Copple and Dr. Rondy Smith
*This workshop is part of Track 1 and Track 3

Most efforts on human trafficking and community responses to gender violence have been focused on raising awareness or getting people “excited” about the issue. There has been little that gives specific guidance on how to mobilize your church to engage in strategic partnerships in the local community to create a climate for transformation and change. This workshop will look at 25 action steps that Strategic Applications International (SAI), in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing at the U.S. Department of Justice has developed as a guide for specific action. These are actions that an individual, a church, or a community-based organization can do today to provide a sustainable response to local trafficking and gender violence.

Workshop 3: Addressing the source of the problem; Responding to the Issues of Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Presenter: Dr. Rick Underwood

Recognizing that without demand, there would be no need for supply in the commercial sex industry, this workshop will address the issues of compulsive sexual behavior including pornography as a key driver. How does the Christian Community move beyond the issues of compulsive sexual behavior and how we as a Christian community move beyond the labels so easily attached to those involved in the behavior to understanding the shame, hopelessness and fear associated with these behaviors.

The workshop will address the efforts of the Church to minister to those involved in compulsive sexual behavior, the responsibility of providing preventative measures and courage for open dialogue to address compulsive sexual behaviors. 

 

Track 2: The Role of Enterprise  

Workshop 1: Responsible Charity

Presenter: Jim Wehner

This workshop will engage the church in its normative view of mission and benevolence. We will discuss when and why charity becomes toxic and how we address this as a church. We will address benevolence from the view of neighborhood-based economic development that turns toxic charity into responsible, holistic development.

Workshop 2: Taking it to the Church!

Presenter: Jim Wehner

Workshop 2 will build on the ideas of responsible charity and discuss the benefits of development-focused charity to the church as well as to those it seeks to serve. This will include discussions of church leadership, who should participate and how church can utilize all its giftedness to move the poverty needle.

Workshop 3

Presenter: Iris Gordon

 

Track 3: Creating a Faithful Presence for Justice and Transformation

Workshop 1: Discipleship Workshop on Alcohol Policy and Social Justice

Presenter: James Copple

This workshop will look at current cultural attitudes and norms associated with alcohol use and consumption. What is the response of the Church to alcohol marketing practices?  What is the relationship of alcohol use/abuse in contributing to poverty and disease?  Is there a systemic injustice we should address in the way the alcohol industry conducts its business in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by poverty? What is responsible use in the context of these questions? And, do we really want to know the answers to these questions?

Workshop 2: Mobilizing the Public and Private Sector to Create Presence and Social Transformation

Presenter: James Copple

This workshop will build on the work of James Davison Hunter on the role that people of faith play in shaping and defining cultural institutions in local communities. How we equip and mobilize public and private institutions to resource the work of caring for the poor will be our major focus in this workshop. The Church cannot expect to build partnerships with corporates, foundations, or government funding sources unless we are prepared to walk alongside them in their efforts to respond to community needs. This will provide a guide on how to build those relationships and to leverage them for change.

Workshop 3: Creating Presence in the Local Community on Trafficking and Gender Violence

Presenters: James Copple and Dr. Rondy Smith
*This workshop is part of Track 1 and Track 3

Most efforts on human trafficking and community responses to gender violence have been focused on raising awareness or getting people “excited” about the issue. There has been little that gives specific guidance on how to mobilize your church to engage in strategic partnerships in the local community to create a climate for transformation and change. This workshop will look at 25 action steps that Strategic Applications International (SAI), in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing at the U.S. Department of Justice has developed as a guide for specific action.  These are actions that an individual, a church, or a community-based organization can do today to provide a sustainable response to local trafficking and gender violence.

 

Track 4: Creation Care

Our story begins and ends with God and humans united with all creatures in the garden of God. As creation groans, God has planted flame of desire to tend and guard the world God has made—connecting with God’s first command and our oldest and noblest vocation. The Center for Social Justice at Trevecca seeks to inspire and equip God’s people to tend creation through academic study and the practical work of gardening and farming with our neighbors in the heart of Nashville. 

Workshop 1: Theology of Creation Care

Presenter: Jason Adkins

In this workshop, we seek to explore the resonance between the biblical story and our contemporary story. What is the call on God’s people to care for creation and what is the nature of environmental challenges that face us today? We are particularly interested to understand the ways in which our care of creation ties into our call to respond compassionately to God’s poor.

Workshop 2: Neighborhood outreach through community gardening

Presenter: Jason Adkins

Non-profits and churches around the country are engaging their communities across the unifying element of food. From the Passover to the Eucharist, the common meal has brought together God’s people through the ages. Explore ways in which churches and non-profits are reaching out through community gardens and urban farming to address food insecurity, employment, pollution, beautification, and to create a deeper sense of community. 

Workshop 3: Gardening 101

Presenter: Jason Adkins

Now you’re inspired to garden but don’t know where to start. Learn practical ways to start and maintain a successful community garden in your neighborhood. We will cover community organizing as well as design and growing techniques in this workshop.  

 


Workshop presenters

Dr. Rondy Smith

Rondy Smith serves as the Pastor of Community Life at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene, an assignment she has filled since 2001. Her primary roles are teaching, pastoring, and Group Life for Adults. She is the CEO of Rest Stop Ministries, a missional community dedicated to restoring survivors and stopping the oppression of sex trafficking. Rondy earned a doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development. Rondy and Bobby Smith have been married for twenty-eight years.

Jim Wehner, President, FCS Urban Ministries

Jim joined the Focus Community Strategies (FCS) team in September 2008 as the Executive Director of Charis Community Housing. In January 2014, Jim moved to the role of President at FCS.

With experience in for-profit and non-profit sectors, he brings a balance of ministry experience and business skills to this non-profit, community development organization. Prior to joining the FCS team, Jim spent nine years as the lead pastor of Common Ground Fellowship, a participating member of the Evangelical Free Church of America and approximately ten years in retail sales and management with Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).

Jim has led and participated in multiple workshops at the Christian Community Development Association conference and at churches regarding Responsible Charity, Affordable Housing, the impact of the foreclosure crisis on neighborhoods, and Neighborhood Dynamics of Redevelopment. He has also worked with multiple churches and leadership teams to aid them in developing a vision for ministry in the communities where they serve. Jim supports multiple organizations at the board level assisting them as they develop thinking and best practices around organizational structure, board governance, and team development.

James E. Copple

James E. Copple has a long and distinguished career in education, international development, substance abuse, youth development and crime and violence prevention. A nationally recognized speaker and writer in these fields, Mr. Copple has served as the Founding President of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D.C., and most recently, President of the Servant Forge Foundation and is a Founding Partner of Strategic Applications International, LLC. For the past eight years, Mr. Copple has worked in international development with a specific focus on building capacity of non-profit organizations to secure funding to help fulfill their missions. These efforts have helped to create the Kenya Gender-Based Violence Prevention Partnership and the Kenya Youth Employment and Empowerment Initiative. Mr. Copple has done doctoral work at the University of Kansas and The Johns Hopkins University and taught history at Eastern Nazarene College and Boston College. He served as an adjunct professor of education at the Wichita State University and Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in Wichita, Kansas. He loves sailing, reading and spending time with his eight children and 18 grandchildren.

Rev. Rick Underwood, PhD., NCC, LPC/MHSP

Rick is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, Director of Trevecca Center for Pastoral Health. Rick received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University, Miami Fl and Master of Arts degree in Counseling and PhD from Trevecca Nazarene University. Before pursuing formal clinical counseling Rick and his wife Donna served as youth pastors and university pastors in Florida and Tennessee. Rick’s unique perspective of youth and university ministries with formal clinical experience enables Rick to serve individuals and families and as a resource for the Church through Workshops, Camps, Retreats, NYC, PALCON. Rick and Donna are blessed with a wonderful family of three adult children, two daughter-in-laws and three granddaughters. Services provided: Individual, family, couple/martial counseling. Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD – (Post –Traumatic Stress Disorder), Self-Harm, Relationship Issues, Compulsive Sexual Behavior, Self Worth, Grief and Loss.