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.

May 16, 2019

Join Center for Congregations staff for a preview of the upcoming event The Art of the Flourishing Congregation: Practices that Promote Positive Change. This short, interactive session also includes an overview of Center for Congregations services and showcases our online resource tool, the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG).

The Art of the Flourishing Congregation is a statewide event presented by the Center for Congregations. The day-long workshop on November 7, 2019 is designed to equip you and your team with an understanding of how positive change tools can work for your congregation. In this May 16 preview, participants will enjoy learning one positive change tool from Center staffer Sue Weber. She’ll also highlight many of the other tools and principles offered at the… 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 pastor, 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 symptomatic relief and short-term solutions alone, but rather on connections that can make… 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 continue 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,… more