Past Workshops

JMIt’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…


STMinistry 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…


TSYour 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…


IGWhat’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…


tsThis 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…

WENDYThis 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.

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klhThis 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.

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  •  6…

timHow can your congregation move with greater confidence from creative ideas to initiating great programs? This learning experience will help you improve program planning so that your board, staff, team or committee can successfully address your congregation's challenges and opportunities. Whether you are starting a new worship service, exploring a new community ministry or seeking to raise funds for your building project…