Workshops

Workshops

August 29, 2019

Clergy and lay leaders have remarkably high rates of burnout and turnover. Congregations are meant to be sanctuaries for renewal and growth, but can exact a heavy toll on those responsible for leading them. Join author and podcaster Mike McHargue for a look at the latest findings in neuroscience and cognitive psychology about how to lead others without exhausting your own emotional resources.

In the workshop, you’ll learn:

the essential role our feelings play in rational decision making, how to access the wisdom in our “feeling brain” and “gut,” how to deescalate conflict without shutting down conversations, and how to read the body language of others to foster connection.

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

Also known as “Science Mike,” Mike McHargue is a… more

September 04, 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 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 a tool 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. Enneagram teacher Annie Dimond believes that the Enneagram can help uncover barriers and promote positive growth.

After a day of learning about what the Enneagram is… 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 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 a tool 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. Enneagram teacher Annie Dimond believes that the Enneagram can help uncover barriers and promote positive growth.

After a day of learning about what the Enneagram is… more

September 10, 2019

Effective communications is less about sending the right message and more about releasing the right response. Do you know the difference? More often than we realize, people aren’t looking for more information—they’re looking for ways to make sense of the information they already have. Many times, instead of helping people with relief from overload, we just throw more on the pile and add to the confusion.

This workshop is for you as a clergy leader, creative professional, ministry leader or volunteer looking for ways to get your message out to where your audience connects, whether that is online or off.

Communications leader Kem Meyer facilitates this workshop. She doesn’t focus on short-term, quick-fix solutions, but rather on connections that can make lasting changes.… more

September 12, 2019

Effective communications is less about sending the right message and more about releasing the right response. Do you know the difference? More often than we realize, people aren’t looking for more information—they’re looking for ways to make sense of the information they already have. Many times, instead of helping people with relief from overload, we just throw more on the pile and add to the confusion.

This workshop is for you as a clergy leader, creative professional, ministry leader or volunteer looking for ways to get your message out to where your audience connects, whether that is online or off.

Communications leader Kem Meyer facilitates this workshop. She doesn’t focus on short-term, quick-fix solutions, but rather on connections that can make lasting changes.… more

October 23, 2019

This lunch workshop provides hands-on opportunities to develop better creativity and problem solving within your congregation. 

Strategic planning consultant Tad Dickel addresses the accelerating rate of change in today's society, characteristics of effective creative problem solving in teams, and divergent and convergent thinking. In advance of the workshop, you will be offered the Basadur Profile, an assessment that identifies your creative problem-solving style. Dicket unpacks this helpful tool at the workshop. You’ll gain better understanding of creative problem solving and how to begin applying some of these skills in your congregation. You’ll learn to use both to address challenges and to engage in more productive conversations and decision making.

In this… more

November 07, 2019

Discover the power of positive change at this Center for Congregations conference. The Art of the Flourishing Congregation: Practices that Promote Positive Change builds on the concepts of the Center’s signature Flourishing Congregations event, giving you the knowledge and tools to dream, discover and do.

If you have attended a past Flourishing gathering, you will gain new information and strategies for utilizing positive change. If you are new to Flourishing, this event is a great opportunity to explore the benefits of positive change and how it can make a difference in your congregation – attendance at a previous event is not a pre-requisite.

The Art of Flourishing
The Art of the Flourishing Congregation is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, November 7,… more

November 13, 2019

You can develop a community ministry that has real impact. This informative and interactive workshop introduces ideas, key elements and tools to help your congregation empower people and make a difference in your community.  

Pastor and educator Kilen Gray will facilitate this workshop in which you will learn:

How to develop a vision for community ministry through formal and informal conversations. How do discover what your congregation needs to create and implement a vision for community ministry. A way of thinking that assesses the needs of individuals and takes seriously the social constructs that affect lives. How other stakeholders shape a community ministry.

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

You'll explore how to create a plan and begin… more