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 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

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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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

October 19, 2017

You can help teenagers and young adults discover and embrace your congregation.

Through a landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations welcoming and serving teenagers and young adults, the Fuller Youth Institute uncovered the core commitments that are key to reaching and retaining young people. Led by Fuller Executive Director Kara Powell, this live online workshop explores those findings, as well as stories of real-life congregations that are thriving. As a congregational leader, you’ll gain a host of possible ideas to help your organization change young people, and help young people change your organization.

In this live online workshop, you will:

feel empowered by case studies and examples of diverse congregations to realize that any… more

This on-demand course explores Engaging Young Adults, a special report of the 2015 American Congregations study of Faith Communities Today (FACT).

Wendy McCormick of the Center for Congregations interviews the report’s author, Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, about the research and what congregations can learn and apply from the findings.

Course Elements

 6 topical videos from 5 - 8 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Recommendations for additional information

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… more
October 25, 2017

Your congregational facility tells a story. Stories are all around us, in virtually every aspect of our daily experiences. In this live online workshop, facility management leader Tim Cool offers a unique perspective on the importance of congregational buildings.

These buildings are vastly more important than most understand. The congregational campus and the story of the people in the congregation go hand-in-hand and are interwoven into each other. You cannot neglect the power of story and how your congregational facility communicates a story.

Cool will answer several key questions about congregational facilities. How does congregational space support the story of the people? How does the congregational space prime the heart, minds and emotions of your guests? How does… more

November 07, 2017

In this fast-paced, upbeat workshop, you can learn about an innovative strategic planning process that congregations of all sizes can successfully complete and implement. This live-online workshop is a hands-on experience, which prepares you to take what you’ve learned back to your congregation to begin the process of planning.

Led by June Miller, regional director for Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, this workshop provides fresh ideas and a better understanding of what it means to think and plan strategically. Miller explores the tools of strategic planning, helping you create a manageable and easy-to-implement plan.

You will leave with:

a clear understanding of terms used in strategic planning an easy-to-use, seven-step framework for planning that is… more

This on-demand course focuses on the 2015-2016 Center for Congregations investigation of Indiana congregations engaging young adults. Center staff member Wendy McCormick coordinated the project, which included interviews with leaders of young adult ministries around the state and a gathering of leaders from about 20 congregations effectively engaging young adults.

Course Elements

 6 topical videos from 3 - 6 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Center for Congregations article on young adult engagement

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS ON-DEMAND COURSE.

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… more
November 30, 2017

It’s challenging to fund all of your congregation’s projects and plans. But what if reducing the energy your building uses could power your ability to touch lives?

This is precisely what Colby May, founder and president of LiT, believes: energy management seen in the right light can enable and empower you to better achieve your core mission and vision. May will teach you how to expand your funding through energy management and efficiency.
 
More specifically, you will learn about energy management through benchmarking in existing buildings. May explores with you the importance of energy management, the importance of evaluating utility usage, the various components of energy management (HVAC, lighting, building envelope, plug load, etc.), how behavior plays a part in… more