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
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

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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