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Ministry Resources

When it comes to curriculum and other educational or training resources, don’t reinvent the wheel — check out this resource hub to see how the Diocese and its partners can help.

Resources are grouped in the following categories:

Administrative Tools, Community Learning, Spiritual Formation, Recommendations, and Miscellaneous.

administrative tools

Best Practices

Below are some tools that have been compiled for parishes and youth directors over the last several years:

Program resources

Email us if you would like to receive any of the following:

  • Camp music slides
  • Icebreaker games and activities
  • Service project ideas

diocesan Training & Education

Dismantling racism anti-racism curriculum

The Diocese of Atlanta believes in the work of Dismantling Racism. Previously, the majority of the work around this issue in our diocese was done with adults, so we wanted to begin including our young people.

In January 2017, Diocesan staff began developing a new curriculum to address these issues with middle and high school youth. The first draft of the curriculum was completed in July of 2017. During the 2017-18 school year, 8 parishes of our diocese piloted the program and helped us make course refinements so we can share this work with anyone and everyone.

CURRICULUM Overview

This curriculum includes:

  • A Leader Guide
  • Student Journals
  • 1-2 videos per Lesson

Lesson One: Introduction & Covenant | Creating an agreement on how we will relate to God, each other, and ourselves in discussing this subject, and learning the stories of those who have already started to dismantle the effects of racism in their own lives.

Lesson Two: God, The Artist | Witnessing the beautiful diversity of all God’s creation, including all of humanity, and recognizing that every people, race, language, culture, and ethnicity on earth bears God’s image, revealing something wonderful about who God is.

Lesson Three: How We Got Here | A history of racism in America; Bringing to light the deep roots of systemic racism throughout our country’s history is needed before we can truly understand the pain from racism we are seeing today, and what is needed to dismantle it.

Lesson Four: White Privilege | Understanding how racist systems give advantages to certain groups (and disadvantage others), and how to respond when we find ourselves in a place of privilege.

Lesson Five: Internalized Oppression | Understanding how racism negatively affects disadvantaged groups, particularly their understanding of their own identity, and beginning to choose God’s understanding of what makes people valuable.

Lesson Six: Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation | Understanding that even though we didn’t create racism, we have a responsibility to dismantle it. Learning from the example of the Prophets, we will start to turn toward each other through naming racism in all its forms as sin, and resolving to turn away from it with confession and repentance.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete a Dismantling Racism Training
  • Attend a Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum Training

Cost

  • Option 1 (individual registration, virtual training): $50.00
  • Option 2 (group registration, virtual training, only available during the pandemic): $1200.00
  • Option 3 (in-person group training): $800 plus travel expenses for 2 trainers

Let us continue to be Christians that address tough issues choosing love over all else.

Fill out the form below to request this curriculum:

Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum Request

Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum Request

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Training Requirements

Prerequisite: Anti-Racism Training (i.e. the Dismantling Racism Training offered through the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, or a Diocesan-sponsored anti-racism training)

Time Requirement: Participants must be present for the full 6-hour curriculum training to receive the curriculum.
Training Cost

Please note, the cost of materials is not included in the below pricing. Materials are available through Church Publishing.

Option 1: Individual Training (Virtual): $50

Group Training: $1,200
Includes 3 facilitators, maximum of 30 participants.
Option 2: Group Training (Virtual)

Option 3: Group Training (In-Person) Incurs additional cost for trainer travel.
Option 3 is currently unavailable due to the pandemic. If you would like to plan an in-person training for 2022, please let us know in the comment section below and we can discuss options.


Request Training Date

Training is an all day event. Plan for a 6-hour time frame.

Please select 3 dates that best fit your needs. Keep in mind these are requests and will be granted upon review and availability of trainers.

For those needing the prerequisite anti-racism training AND curriculum training:
If you wish to schedule 2 days of training (1 for the prerequisite and 1 for the  curriculum module) please let us know in the comment section below. We recommend you complete the anti-racism training offered locally to lower training costs.






keep/watch suicide prevention curriculum

This curriculum will be released to parishes by September 2022.

safe church abuse prevention training

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

If every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children. Click here to request a training session.

If you've already signed up for a training, you can sign in to complete the prerequisite online modules here.

Who is required to become SGC-certified?
  • All clergy (stipendiary, non-stipendiary, or who are otherwise engaged in ministry or service to the church);
  • Anyone who regularly teaches, supervises, or assists with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs, or activities;
  • All paid or volunteer Church Personnel whose work regularly takes them throughout the facility or grounds;
  • Anyone who regularly provides transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle;
  • All vestry members or members of similar decision-making groups who have the authority to approve the creation of ministries, programs, or activities for children or youth.

Download our Diocesan Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth

civil discourse Communication program

In 2018, the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations developed a five-week Civil Discourse Curriculum designed for reflection, consideration and discussion.

Civil discourse is defined as an engagement in conversation intended to enhance understanding, and has important applications for public policy and civic engagement. 

“We created the curriculum to be a five-week program so people can use it during Lent, but you can engage in it at any point throughout the year,” noted the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries. “Lent is a particularly good time to pause, read, reflect and learn about the nature of civil discourse, how we can practice it, and why.”

The curriculum covers five primary themes:

  • Civil Discourse in Context: An Introduction
  • Tenets for Civil Discourse
  • Values-based Conversations
  • Complexities of Policy
  • Sacred Space for Debate

A supplemental document, Voices From The Church, features leaders from around the Episcopal Church reflecting on the intersections of faith, politics, advocacy and civil discourse. These short pieces are intended to serve as guiding words, inspiration and examples of the diversity of views held within our church, yet also stand as a testament to what is shared in common through faith and values.

The Curriculum is designed for church groups, adult forums, campus ministries and youth groups (not recommended for younger than 14 years old).

spiritual formation

scripture studies

topical studies

The resources below have been recommended by various youth directors, clergy, or volunteers working with students. Email us if you'd like to add something to the list!

  • The Bible Project is an excellent video-based resource (although books are also available) to educate people on key Scripture themes and figures.
  • Faith @ Home is a year-round weekly email includes four separate lectionary-based reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups.
  • Illustrated Ministries creates illustrated resources for the church and the home, encouraging creativity and active engagement with faith.
  • Household Bible Reading with Lectio Divina introduces families and small groups to the practice of studying the Bible using Lectio Divina.
  • Blessing Children in the Home is a simple practice for reminding children how loved they are.
  • How2charist is digitally instructed Eucharist and could be a great activity to learn about all that goes on during a church service. 

Community Resources

Addiction

The resources below have been recommended by various youth directors, clergy, or volunteers working with students. Email us if you'd like to add something to the list!

  • Georgia Treatment Centers Directory | A comprehensive and location-specific list of resources for those seeking treatment or support for addiction. This site also features the number to a confidential helpline, available 24/7.

Civic Life

  • Youth.gov | This program was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 22 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth through civic participation.
  • iCivics | This organization champions equitable, non-partisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation. They work to inspire life-long civic engagement by providing high-quality and engaging civics resources to teachers and students.

LGBTQ+

Below are resources and fact sheets for adults and students who are (or who are in relationship with) LGBTQ+ people. Email us if you'd like to add something to the list!

  • Centers for Disease Control | Resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments.
  • The Trevor Project | The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.
  • American Psychological Association | This webpage provides fact sheets, best practices and other resources for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
  • PFLAG | PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With nearly 400 chapters and 250,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. 

mental health

The resources below have been recommended by various youth directors, clergy, or volunteers working with students. Email us if you'd like to add something to the list!

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness | The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. You can also check out their affiliate NAMI Georgia.
  • National Institute of Mental Health | The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This is a comprehensive list of intervention and provider resources.
  • Fulton County | This is a list of support services and phone numbers for people within driving distance of the Atlanta metro area.
  • Atlanta Center for Mental Health | Atlanta Center for Mental Health is a free-standing, non-hospital-setting residential facility treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as well as primary mental health diagnoses. This is a great organizational resource for those struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or substance use disorders.
  • Mental Health Resources for Low- or No-Income People

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