Workshops

September 14, 2017

What’s the goal of education in your congregation? Is it to provide historical background and information on your sacred texts? Or to teach how to effectively engage culture? Regardless of the specific content, it’s likely that you desire to form and transform the spirituality of your people. Congregational education is often not optimally designed for spiritual formation. Your educational approach might actually be hindering what you hope to achieve.

To help you better understand how to teach for spiritual formation, the Center for Congregations presents educator and author Dr. Israel Galindo, leading the workshop Teaching to Transform.

This full-day workshop explores a basic framework for what “spiritual formation” means and helps you understand educational approaches… more

September 20, 2017

Your congregation is always learning. New ideas, methods, tools – you learn whatever you need to achieve your goals. But have you ever thought about how your congregation learns? When you can see the “how” of learning and where you are in the learning journey, you can move with greater confidence from your creative ideas to stand-out programming.

In this luncheon workshop Center for Congregations President Tim Shapiro introduces you to the learning journey that is part of almost all successful congregational projects. He will also help you identify where one of your current projects stands in light of that journey.

You will learn how to:

see program challenges as learning opportunities. know where you are in the learning journey so you know what to do next.… more
September 21, 2017

Ministry effectiveness is a key component of success in the congregation. Speaker and author Stan Toler explores innovative ideas for transforming your congregation into a ministry of excellence.

This workshop provides information on how to evaluate the progress and performance of your various ministries and will challenge your congregational leaders to deepen servanthood and ministry effectiveness. Workshop material is based on Toler's book, The Five Star Church.

At this workshop, you will:

learn how to build a quality ministry that not only honors God, but also makes everyone in your congregation feel welcome and cared for. be given the necessary tools to evaluate the performance of your ministries, and to establish a rating for the services you provide.… more
September 21, 2017

It’s hard to plan when you don’t have good information. This is especially true when you want to develop a new direction for your ministry or figure out how to connect with those in your neighborhood. Who lives in your targeted ministry area? What does your congregation look like compared to other congregations in your region? In America? Finding answers can be daunting. Thankfully, the ARDA (Association of Religious Data Archives) already has the answer to these questions and more.

You are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to this lunch program so that you can experience first-hand how to dig up the wealth of high-quality data available at www.thearda.com. Access to The ARDA is free.

Religious sociologist Jennifer McClure will introduce you to the website of The… more

September 27, 2017

While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.

Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

have a working knowledge of the… more
September 28, 2017

While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.

Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

have a working knowledge of the… more
October 04, 2017

Congregational life and activities are often absent from secular public media sources. It is assumed that these media outlets are not interested in stories about religion, but this is not necessarily the case.

In this luncheon workshop, you can learn how to create an awareness of what congregations are doing and showcase the good work being done in our communities by people of faith.

During her time at mainstream newspapers in Florida and the Philadelphia area, workshop facilitator Sharon Tubbs found that news outlets are interested in news from congregations because they reflect an aspect of community life in which the public is interested. Tubbs shares the story of how a short press release led to extensive newspaper, television and radio coverage of a local prayer… more

October 11, 2017

Every day we experience the reality that we are living in an era of change. But more importantly we are living in a change of eras. The models of faith formation and discipleship developed over the past decades cannot keep pace with the challenges of this new era. We need something new to address the lives of 21st century families, children, adolescents and adults.
    
In this live online workshop, you will envision a whole new way of forming faith—a new ecology of intergenerational relationships and faith experiences in congregations, lifelong faith formation from childhood through adulthood, family faith formation at home, and missional faith formation to the uninvolved and unaffiliated. LifelongFaith Associates President John Roberto explores these innovative approaches… more

This on-demand series focuses on learning gleaned from Indiana congregations by the Center for Congregations in 2015-2016. Tim Shapiro, president of the Center for Congregations, shares the six principles distilled from the Center's experiences with Indiana congregational youth ministries.

Course Elements

 8 topical videos from 3 - 5 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Resource Guide for further study on youth ministry

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this email to return to the course or bookmark the link

Technology Requirements

 Best accessed on a laptop or desktop computer

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