Moving from Relief to Development – Upcoming Training

Embrace Richmond is excited to welcome Jay Van Groningen, Director of Communities First Association.

Jay will lead a three day training on how people of faith can move beyond emergency assistance to address the systemic issues impacting under-resourced communities.  Jay is the Executive Director of Communities First Association (CFA), a national, ecumenical association of  trainer/coaches who help transform over 300 neighborhoods nation-wide.  CFA is currently investing in more than 400 community development leaders.  Jay brings Christian Community Development experience and Asset Based Community Development tools that will help  congregations and individuals advance toward greater missional faithfulness and effectiveness.

Who should attend?

This conference is for pastors, lay leaders and individuals serving in local congregations who seek to live out their faith through tangible, long-term sustainable community transformation.

Conference Hours:

Thursday – June 9th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Friday – June 10th 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday – June 11th  9:00-12:00pm


The conference will be held at our corporate offices on the campus of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, 3400 Brook Road,  in room 207 of Graves Hall.


The cost is $65 per person which includes lunch on Friday. Scholarships are available upon request.


An advance deposit of $30 reserves a space. To register, please email your name, the number of individuals attending and a contact number to Mail registration deposits and fees to  Embrace Richmond, P.O. Box 25880, Richmond, VA 23260.


  1. I just would like to be able to reach out and help, seems we all walk around in circles trying to figure out what next, I need help to get me started to help. Thank You

    • Hi Jackie,

      Please send me an email with a little more information. Are you in Richmond? Do you have a community or a group of people you feel called to walk alongside? I would be happy to advise you via email or over the phone if you are out of town.

  2. I would love to attend this event. My only problem is I have a prior engagement on Friday. Is it possible to still attend Thursday and Saturday?

    • Because Friday is a full day of training I don’t think you would get much out of just coming Thursday and Saturday. We will be offering a similar training next fall but I will be facilitating instead of Jay. He is actually coming this time to train me in the facilitation of ABCD training. Hope you can join us next time.

  3. Is it too late to register for this program and what can I expect to walk away with at the conclusion?



    • Hi Keelia,

      The training is completely booked. We do hope to offer this again sometime in the fall or early next year.


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