The Lutheran Foundation

Gateway to Hope

November 13, 2018 - November 14, 2018
University of Saint Francis
431 W. Berry St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

About This Event

The Lutheran Foundation and The University of Saint Francis presents the Gateway to Hope series which offers strategic solutions and expert resources to assist the local church, other helping professions and concerned individuals in providing support and compassionate assistance for people living with mental health challenges. Gateway to Hope offers a three-fold toolkit of resources for a faith community’s mental health ministry in helping to build and restore lives to health and wholeness.

  • Empower Training – Designed to help the local church, other helping professions and concerned individuals by using the “4 R’s” framework, including techniques for identifying mental illness, safe and effective situational response and building a network to quickly connect those in distress with professional care. Individuals may register for Empower only or register for both Empower and Transform segments. (Empower will be presented as a part of the event on Tuesday, November 13.)
  • Transform Training – Building and sustaining supportive groups within your faith community for individuals with mental illness as well as family members is a critical part of the church providing care alongside of professional services. Church ministry staff and lay leaders will be trained in a curriculum that leads to launching supportive and nurturing groups in the church. (Transform is a separate, 2-hour training that will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm).
  • Renew Training – A four day long curriculum training leading to a person (professional church worker or lay person) becoming certified as a peer mental health coach using the Gateway to Hope “Thrive” curriculum. The Gateway to Hope staff will continue to provide ongoing support to ensure greater effectiveness. (Renew will be scheduled early in 2019.)


Empower Training (11/13)
10:00am – 12:00pm: Recognize and Refer
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 1:30pm: Concert by Addison Agen
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Relate and Restore

Transform Training (11/14)
10:00am – 12:00pm

About The Trainer

Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D. (Baylor University, 1992) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, TX and adjunct professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science he is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. His research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith have been featured in national publications. Dr. Stanford is the author of two books, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, Revised and Expanded (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and The Biology of Sin: Grace Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (InterVarsity Press, 2011).

Gateway to Hope

“The Gateway to Hope Training will enhance your skills of practicing empathy for a hybrid of mental health services in your community.” – Christopher Delaney, South Park Baptist Church

“I am very excited that our church is working to integrate mental health issues into the life of our congregation.” – Kendra Oglesbee, Mental Health Journey Coordinator at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church


Empower Training, Lunch and Concert – Free (underwritten by The Lutheran Foundation)
Transform Training – $20/person

Unable to Attend? Send someone from your congregation or parish on your behalf! This event is designed to help local church leaders more effectively minister to the mental and behavioral health needs of their congregations and parishes.


Dennis Goff, M.Div., D.Min.
Director of Ministry Programs
260.458.2112 ext. 314