DART Training Calendar

DART provides multiple regional and national trainings that focus on the mandate to “do justice” from various faith traditions; DART’s congregation-based community organizing model; and building relational people power. Regional and national trainings are planned and developed by DART staff and executed with local organizers.

Registration Information:

Registration for these events is done through local DART affiliated organizations. If you would like to attend, please contact your local organization. If your community does not have a local DART affiliated organization please reach out to Sarah Storar, Director of Leader Training for more information about trainings at

Justice Ministry Conference

The annual Justice Ministry Conference provides an orientation to justice work and relational power building. Attendees learn how to conduct a grassroots listening process through house meetings and 1-1 conversations, how to build a justice ministry network in their congregation, and how to answer the common question “what is a justice ministry?”. 

Location: The DoubleTree Orlando Airport, Orlando, Florida

Dates: July 16-19, 2024

Registration deadline: June 18th, 2024

Power Building and Negotiation Trainings

The regional Power Building and Negotiation Training focuses on getting grassroots leaders ready for their annual direct action assemblies (called Nehemiah Actions). Attendees are trained on power building through their congregational justice ministry networks and how to negotiate with public officials for solutions to serious community problems. 

2024 locations and dates TBD

Clergy Conference

The DART Clergy Conference is a gathering of clergy from local affiliated organizations, guests from denominational partners, and clergy from prospective member congregations. The conference prepares clergy to teach and preach on sacred texts “from the margins” and lead their congregations in developing strong justice ministries. Outside keynote speakers are invited to lead text studies and relationship building training is conducted.

Location: The Florida Hotel, Orlando, Florida

Dates: February 4th-6th, 2025

2025 Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Margret Aymer | Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Registration deadline: TBD

Investment Drive Trainings

The regional Investment Drive Training focuses on grassroots fundraising and is divided into two workshops, the Corporate Drive Workshop and the Congregation Drive Workshop. Attendees learn how to build ownership for local organizations through their annual fundraising drives. 

2024 Investment Drive Trainings:

Location: Orlando, Florida

Dates: April 18th-20th, 2024

Registration Deadline: March 25th, 2024

Location: Charleston, West Virginia

Dates: May 2nd-4th, 2024

Registration Deadline: April 8th, 2024

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Dates: May 16th-17th, 2024

Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2024

2025 dates TBD

Contact your local organization to sign-up or get more info