Methodist Children’s Home is committed to fostering a culture of learning and growth in a way that affects clients, employees and even other ministries and organizations. In the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, an action step reveals the intention to “collaborate with churches, providers and other community partners to host, lead or sponsor workshops, trainings and conferences.”
“In our planning, we received input from all areas of our ministry agreeing with the need to repurpose our talents and resources to be who our communities are calling us to be,” said Trey Oakley, president and CEO of MCH. “Fostering a culture of learning is one of our strategic commitments at MCH. When we are serving, we are also learning.”
In the summer of 2021, Oakley announced a restructuring that included the new role of a community engagement and training specialist and an expanded Outdoor Education and Recreation program. The defined purpose is to offer specialized resources and training to like-minded organizations and groups.
“We look for areas where we can share from our abundance – be it training or other collaboration – by mobilizing staff that can go out into the community and collaborate with other organizations,” Oakley said. “We are blessed at MCH with great training opportunities, and know that training would be a huge gift for other nonprofits and ministries, whether it is First Aid or Trust-Based Relational Intervention®.”
Traci Wagner, vice president for programs, added “the collective impact being made by MCH in our MCH Family Outreach offices and through other areas like the Outdoor Education program gives us opportunities to set criteria around what we consider strategic investments.” Wagner said MCH staff have trained organizations in Texas and New Mexico, other parts of the United States and even internationally – conducting TBRI® training with a social service organization in the Ukraine.
“This is just another layer of our commitment not only to our own clients but to the communities in which we live and work,” she said.
OUR COMMITMENT TO A CULTURE OF LEARNING
We commit to being relevant as we continually learn and collaborate to meet unique needs and challenges of families and communities in Texas and New Mexico. We seek diverse insights and opportunities to grow in our mission. There is no chain of command on ideas at MCH in order to create a free flow of learning.