At the Intersection of Innovation and Tradition

karaIt can feel like innovative ideas threaten tradition. Likewise, it can feel like tradition takes the energy out of new ideas. Center staffer Kara Faris believes that innovation and tradition do not have to be at odds with one another in your congregation. There is great strength in the traditions of your congregation. When these strengths are combined with new and creative ideas it can propel your congregation to new heights.

Kara spent more than a year observing and exploring innovative practices in faith communities throughout the United States. In this journey, she discovered vibrant communities that maintained their core commitments but exhibited them in new ways.

Join Kara as she discusses how these congregations reinvented their experiences and found fresh life. Whether you’re merely curious about new models, seeking to do something innovative or just interested in the landscape of faith communities today, you’ll find stories that will demonstrate vibrant new practices alive in our culture.


In this lunch workshop, you will:

  • explore the meaning of innovation, especially as it relates to congregations.
  • examine three innovative congregational practices.
  • reflect on ways innovation applies in your congregation.

This workshop is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Merrillville. The cost is $10 per person. This includes lunch, conversation and a copy of Kara's book Divergent Church. Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.


How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."