find and use resources
At a recent Center for Congregations workshop, leaders of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving suggested that congregations can learn a lot by mapping their sources of donations.
We work with many congregations that have significant challenges. It is not unusual to receive a call from a congregational leader who says, "We have 20% less in worship than we did two years ago, and we can't meet our budget. We need to try something new."
This spring, the Center for Congregations-Southeast office hosted an Effective Leadership for Building Projects educational event at Christ's Community Church of the Nazarene in New Albany, Indiana.
There's an old saying that if you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.
In the past few months, the education program took on an even greater statewide character. For instance, events that are held in northern Indiana draw the attention of congregations in southern Indiana. Their interest in expressed in their attendance of events (sometimes upwards of a 4-6 hour drive to get to the event) or an email asking if the Center will repeat the event in another part of the state.
Resource Consulting is at the heart of the Center's work. Our mission is to help congregations find and use best resources to address their challenges and opportunities. Often in that process we encourage congregations (through their leaders) to SLOW DOWN. We don't encourage slowing down to impede action nor to stymie enthusiasm.
Check out the Insights into Religion website! This new portal is a single source for religious research, articles and information from more than 20 sites supported by Lilly Endowment's Religion Division.
The 2008 FACT survey results and new website, http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/ launch this month.
Faith Communities Today (FACT) is an interfaith research report that provides key information on a range of subjects relating to congregational life in America - worship, conflict, leadership, growth, finances, technology and much more.
I like this website: www.churchsaftey.com.
There are lots of reasons. It is attractive, user friendly, concise, and comprehensive. It’s all about helping congregations treat people with dignity and safety by highlighting various groups and ministries they might engage.
Every congregation participates in certain activities that are common to any number of human communities. Congregations make decisions. They help others. They sing. They tell stories. Congregations offer hospitality. They make choices about money. Human groups from families to clubs to corporations do these things too. Such common, shared, human activities are called - by those who study and name such things - practices.