Workshops

February 22, 2018

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.

In the morning session, he will define terms, introduce a conceptual framework for race, discuss the historical precedents and the science of race, and present… more

March 14, 2018

It 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.… more

March 14, 2018

Conflict and miscommunication can arise even in the most well-intentioned teams. You have probably experienced those moments where members and leaders of your congregation seem to be talking past one another.

Counter to intuition, self-discovery may provide an answer. Understanding yourself and helping your congregational members understand themselves can go a long way toward developing empathy, compassion and health. This, in turn, can lead to a higher functioning congregation.

We invite you to join author, speaker and counselor Ian Cron as he provides a foundational understanding of the Enneagram: an ancient tool of self-discovery. Cron maintains that this ancient personality typing system can lead to deep discovery of negative behavior patterns and can help you find… more

March 15, 2018

Congregations are about people. But your physical space is also an important asset requiring thought and care. Facility management leader Tim Cool shares his convictions that caring for your congregation's facility is caring for something that God has entrusted to you.

Join us for this workshop and explore the various components of facility stewardship including storytelling, guest services, deferred maintenance, capital reserve planning and facility/operational budgeting. You’ll discover why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests. Cool will help you define the simple, yet impactful word “guest” - and talk about why words matter. You’ll work on developing a clear understanding as to the difference between deferred maintenance, general… more

This on-demand series focuses on learning gleaned from Indiana congregations by the Center for Congregations in 2015-2016. Tim Shapiro, president of the Center for Congregations, shares the six principles distilled from the Center's experiences with Indiana congregational youth ministries.

Course Elements

 8 topical videos from 3 - 5 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Resource Guide for further study on youth ministry

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this email to return to the course or bookmark the link

Technology Requirements

 Best accessed on a laptop or desktop computer

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March 15, 2018

Conflict and miscommunication can arise even in the most well-intentioned teams. You have probably experienced those moments where members and leaders of your congregation seem to be talking past one another.

Counter to intuition, self-discovery may provide an answer. Understanding yourself and helping your congregational members understand themselves can go a long way toward developing empathy, compassion and health. This, in turn, can lead to a higher functioning congregation.

We invite you to join author, speaker and counselor Ian Cron as he provides a foundational understanding of the Enneagram: an ancient tool of self-discovery. Cron maintains that this ancient personality typing system can lead to deep discovery of negative behavior patterns and can help you find… more

March 21, 2018

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

March 22, 2018

Strategic planning is challenging but it doesn’t have to be complicated. When done well, strategic planning can provide an opportunity to hear numerous voices in your congregation and use that input to determine your future path.

In this fast-paced, upbeat workshop, you will learn about an innovative strategic planning process that congregations of all sizes can successfully complete and implement. This live online workshop is a hands-on experience, which prepares you to take what you’ve learned back to your congregation to begin the process of planning.

Led by June Miller, a nonprofit consultant with years of experience, this workshop provides fresh ideas and a better understanding of what it means to think and plan strategically. Miller explores the tools of strategic… more

April 11, 2018

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

This on-demand course explores Engaging Young Adults, a special report of the 2015 American Congregations study of Faith Communities Today (FACT).

Wendy McCormick of the Center for Congregations interviews the report’s author, Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, about the research and what congregations can learn and apply from the findings.

Course Elements

 6 topical videos from 5 - 8 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Recommendations for additional information

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this email to return to the course or bookmark the link

Technology Requirements

 Best… more