Beacon Academy

Investing in congregations. Developing leaders. Building our collective power so all people have a home.


Find the full list of upcoming 2019 courses and descriptions here.

Upcoming Courses

Registration is required for all workshops and closes three business days prior to the workshop date. If registrations are low, workshops may be canceled up to 24 hours before the training date.

Families Moving Forward: Hosting Basics

Hosting families is one of the most important things we do to live out our faith through Beacon. This workshop focuses on the practical information and tools needed to ensure that you, other hosting volunteers and the families have a positive experience.


Thursday, July 11
6 – 8:30 p.m.; dinner provided
Mayflower Church
106 E. Diamond Lake Rd., Minneapolis

More Info & Registration


Tuesday, Aug. 6

6 – 8:30 p.m.; dinner included

Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church

145 Engler Blvd, Chaska

More Info & Registration



Saturday, Nov.9

9 – 11:30 a.m.; light breakfast included

Suburban Hennepin Location TBD









Families Moving Forward: Inclusive Hospitality

This workshop links the hosting experience to faith values. You will reflect on your own identities, assumptions, and implicit biases and develop skills to create an inclusive and equitable environment for families.



Tuesday, Aug. 13

6- 8:30 p.m.

Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church

145 Engler Blvd, Chaska

More Info & Registration


Saturday, Nov. 16

9 – 11:30 a.m.; light breakfast included

Location, TBD







Building Home: What it Takes

Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to build homes like 66 West, Cranberry Ridge, and Great River Landing. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the need for affordable housing in our community, how we can address the scale of that need, and how the collaborative approach is uniquely suited to address that need.


Another date for this class will be available soon.



Coming Fall 2019

The Power of Telling Our Stories

Stories inspire, build relationships and move people to action. Learn how to tell your personal stories, including life challenges, choices, outcomes, and wisdom from learned experiences. For donors and members of Beacon congregations.


Power Tools: Leadership for Change

This training gives participants the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a leader in the public arena. The workshop focuses on how we understand and use power to address issues of homelessness; ways to act on individual and congregational interest; how to build powerful public relationships; tools to plan and act strategically; and how to participate in actions and campaigns that channel power and build the capacity of leaders, congregations and the collaborative. Core training for Beacon Leadership Team members, key leaders, clergy and faith leaders in Beacon congregations. We recommend six months’ experience with Beacon or with your congregation’s leadership team before attending this workshop. 


Additional trainings available to congregations by request:

With 12 or more confirmed participants. Congregations can also request Building Home: What It Takes and the Power of Telling Our Stories. Contact your congregational organizer or Deb Rodgers to learn more: or (651) 789-6260 ext. 218

The 1-1 Visit: Building Relationships

Relationships are the building blocks of our collective power. Connecting with new leaders is essential, whether you’re hosting families, supporting the development of affordable housing or involved in a policy campaign. Learn the purpose and application of 1-1s, and practice your new skill with other participants.


Research Action Visits

Is your congregation interested in stepping out into the public arena? In this workshop, gain the skills needed to conduct research visits with public officials or other key decision-makers. You’ll discuss the purpose and positive impacts of research visits and you’ll have the opportunity to practice your newly-learned skills with other leaders.




Questions? Contact your congregational organizer or Debra Rodgers at 651.789.6260 x218.


A flyer is available for you to share with others.