Participants will learn strategies on recruiting partners to engage in systemic advocacy efforts including congregations. They will also leave with basic strategies to advance justice issues in their communities and build coalitions for change. Using predatory lending reform as an example, participants will learn how churches and other nonprofits have successfully added advocacy to their direct service community work.
Stephen K. Reeves serves as Director of Advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Executive Director of Fellowship Southwest. He is the co-author of The Mission of Advocacy: a toolkit for congregation. An attorney, Stephen has spent he career at the intersection of faith and public policy. He is a national leader in the effort to reform predatory payday and auto title lending and serves as the co-chair of the Faith & Credit Roundtable for the Center for Responsible Lending. He has over 17 years of legislative advocacy experience on the state and federal level.