NACSW Online Continuing Education

Moving the Church to Social Action
Length: 3 CEU hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 3

Lindley Sharp Curtis, MDiv, MSW
Rev. John Michael McAllister, MS, MSW, M.Div., CRC
et al.
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The purpose of this course is to help practitioners focus on looking at the practice of social work through a faith-based perspective, particularly in the church setting.. The following articles address the role of social work in the quest for social justice, the integration of faith in practice, and the place of faith in diversity.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

List two important issues associated with serious illness and end of life care, and corresponding types of interventions that social workers can provide or initiate that may be helpful within churches. Also, identify three aspects of poverty that are often overlooked, along with a successful intervention for increasing the church's involvement in poverty elimination efforts.

Identify the nature and effects of violence perpetrated against women, the ways in which the Church and its leaders have contributed to this problem, and ways in which social workers can be used to assist religious leaders to best serve survivors of IPV.

Target the realities of age-related memory impairments, with the family caregiver as the predominant model of care, and understand the possibility of another model of caregiving through the church. Also, note at least two tangible approaches for addressing homelessness, practical suggestions relevant to Christian social workers across faith communities.


The following text-based course contains five separate readings pertaining to the use of a faith perspective when looking at social work. The articles are as follows: Empowering, Educating, and Advocating: How Social Workers can help Churches Integrate End of Life Care into Congregational Life by Lindley Sharp Curtis, Seeing the Poor and Moving toward Justice: An Interactive Activity by Joy Turner, Social Worker's Role in Helping the Church Address Intimate Partner Violence: An Invisible Problem by John Michael McAllister and Amelia Roberts Lewis, Aging Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Role of Christian Social Workers and the Church by Susan Moore Pinson, Kristen Register, and Amelia Roberts-Lewis, and Radical Hospitality: Welcoming the Homeless Stranger by Amanda Sackreiter and Tonya D. Armstrong. Contact information for each author can be provided upon request.


Lindley Sharp Curtisis Associate Minister and Director of Senior Adult Programs, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, in Atlanta, GA. Rev. John Michael McAllister is an Associate Pastor, Holland's United Methodist Church, in Raleigh, NC.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 3 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.