Opportunities for Professional Development
Faith In Action provides all network staff with ongoing opportunities for training and professional development. Faith In Action builds “learning organizations,” where every day provides a rich set of experiences for reflection and growth, and where every individual contributes to the knowledge of the whole.
To encourage a culture of ongoing learning and personal and professional mastery, Faith In Action offers staff a variety of professional development opportunities, including:
National Leadership Training
Dozens of community leaders and organizers from across the United States gather for a 5-day, in-depth training in the core elements of the Faith In Action organizing model.
National Staff Gathering
Every summer, over 150 professional staff from throughout Faith In Action gather for a weeklong staff retreat and development session. This is a time to build relationships with staff from throughout the network, reflect upon key learnings from the year, and strategize on current and future campaigns.
Faith In Action holds regular trainings on core work areas such as fundraising and communications.
Faith In Action holds regular trainings to help organizers and community leaders better understand various issue areas, such as education, health care, voter development, and immigration.
Directors of Faith In Action organizations ensure that organizers receive the one-on-one mentoring and development they need to become proficient in the skills and practices of organizing.
Staff from across the network form groups around areas of common interest or experience. Such groups include “first-year organizers,” “administrative staff,” “communications,” and “new directors.”