Workshops

Workshops

March 28, 2019

No matter the size of your congregation you see first-time guests each year. While some guests choose not to return because they simply aren’t ready to enter into congregational life, others don’t return because of their visitor experience. It’s easy to overlook how people new to your congregation are welcomed and provided with information. But when this process is forgotten, so are the very people you serve. Knowing the difference between what welcomes and what overwhelms is important if you want your visitors to come back again.

In this workshop, you will learn about guest perspectives, and what it means to truly open the doors of your congregation and welcome people. Case studies, best practices in hospitality, and intentionality about reaching new people and connecting with… more

April 04, 2019

You’re invited to two open house celebrations! 

Join us in welcoming our new Center for Congregations regional office directors - McKenzie Scott Lewis of the northwest office and Shellie Riggs Jordan of the southeast office. You'll meet Shellie at the open house in Seymour and McKenzie at the Crown Point open house.

The open houses are:

Southeast Open House
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4­–6 p.m. (Eastern time)

at the Center for Congregations southeast office
100 South Chestnut Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274

Northwest Open House
Thursday, May 2, 2019
4­–7 p.m. (Central time)

at the Center for Congregations northwest office
9801 Connecticut Drive, Suite 200
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Enjoy… more

April 11, 2019

We all encounter those who are grieving, whether they are part of our congregation or our community. Grief is challenging, because we often don’t feel equipped to support those in the midst of it. You're invited to join counselor, coach and consultant Jane Munk as she educates and encourages deeper practices of supporting the grieving in your communities.

Supporting someone who is grieving requires a certain “presence.” Grief is a time when a person needs the strength and support of community more than ever. Remembrance Gatherings create a safe space for you and your community to pour into the one who is grieving. These gatherings embody the old proverb - “Grief shared is grief halved.”

You will journey through a Remembrance Gathering during this workshop and ask… more

April 11, 2019

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
April 24, 2019

You’ve heard the grim statistics about millennials and congregations. “Religious nones” or the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing in American religious demographics. Three-fourths of those who are unaffiliated are people who grew up in congregations. Some current research indicates that one million young people will leave congregational life each year for the next 30 years.

But there is good news and a new way of engaging people.

Cultural analyst John Seel argues that the survival of American congregational life is dependent on congregations listening to millennials. Seel charts a different way forward coupled with an urgent warning. American congregations’ survival is reliant on understanding the greatest frame shift in American religious history.

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May 01, 2019

We have greater awareness of our neighbors than ever before. This awareness includes the present reality of great division across racial and ethnic lines. Your congregation can play a key role in creating safe space to have difficult conversations about racial inequities. You can help lead the way in moving our culture toward collective action to achieve a fairer and more just society.
 
Dr. Michael R. Twyman, subject matter expert on race and racism, leads this full-day workshop. He will help increase your understanding about race, as well as actions and responses your congregation can take to combat racism. This is a highly interactive workshop, so come prepared to participate in dialogue about all of the topics listed below. Dr. Twyman will use this time as an… more

May 02, 2019

You’re invited to two open house celebrations! 

Join us in welcoming our new Center for Congregations regional office directors - McKenzie Scott Lewis of the northwest office and Shellie Riggs Jordan of the southeast office. You'll meet Shellie at the open house in Seymour and McKenzie at the Crown Point open house.

The open houses are:

Southeast Open House
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4­–6 p.m. (Eastern time)

at the Center for Congregations southeast office
100 South Chestnut Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274

Northwest Open House
Thursday, May 2, 2019
4­–7 p.m. (Central time)

at the Center for Congregations northwest office
9801 Connecticut Drive, Suite 200
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Enjoy… more

September 05, 2019

The Enneagram is a powerful tool that can help individuals and groups better relate to themselves, to each other, and to their world. Often used in therapeutic and spiritual direction settings, the Enneagram is a wonderful, ecumenical resource in the life of a spiritual community.

The Enneagram of Personality is a map derived from ancient wisdom literature that has been combined with modern psychology. It’s important for leadership teams, small groups, and even casual acquaintances to learn to live and work well together in a congregation. Some common dysfunctions are often rooted in unconscious motivations and behaviors. Theology leader Annie Dimond believes that the Enneagram can help uncover barriers and promote positive growth.

After a day of learning about what the… more