Workshops

November 30, 2017

It’s challenging to fund all of your congregation’s projects and plans. But what if reducing the energy your building uses could power your ability to touch lives?

This is precisely what Colby May, founder and president of LiT, believes: energy management seen in the right light can enable and empower you to better achieve your core mission and vision. May will teach you how to expand your funding through energy management and efficiency.
 
More specifically, you will learn about energy management through benchmarking in existing buildings. May explores with you the importance of energy management, the importance of evaluating utility usage, the various components of energy management (HVAC, lighting, building envelope, plug load, etc.), how behavior plays a part in… more

November 30, 2017

There are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. While similarities are important, mastering the unique nature of working with and within a small membership faith community can be the key to vibrant congregational life.

Utilizing his 30 plus years of ministry experience, workshop facilitator Karl Vaters describes the importance of small membership congregations. Small does not mean somehow “lesser” than other churches. Vaters highlights principles about leading in smaller congregations that will enable you to leverage your own unique context. You will also explore the strengths of your own specific congregation.

In this workshop, you will:

be affirmed in the value of your congregation and your ministry – no matter the… more
December 06, 2017

You want to make a difference in the lives of your youth but, like many, may be struggling with the rapid pace of change in our world. Fortunately, there are great resources and research from places dedicated to youth ministry like Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Ministry Center and Fuller Youth Institute.

Join pastor and congregational consultant Terrance Bridges as he presents some of the latest information on youth development from Fuller and Princeton, along with themes that have developed through the Center for Congregations' work in Indiana. Terrance will lead the discussion about factors that lead to thriving youth initiatives in congregations, help you glean current best practices from one another and bring insights into new skills that will empower your youth… more

January 11, 2018

How would you describe your congregation’s status – are you growing, healthy, stable-but-stuck or in need of revitalization? Whichever situation you find yourself, you likely understand your unique challenges. But have you thought about multi-site as a possible solution?

Seasoned multi-site pioneer and church merger specialist Jim Tomberlin maintains that multisiting can be, and in many cases has been, an opportunity to congregations in all of these situations.

You’re invited to take advantage of Jim’s experience helping

growing congregations find more physical space. healthy congregations develop growth strategies. stable congregations gain new energy. declining congregations move towards rebirth.

He will help you determine if multi-site is right for your… 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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January 30, 2018

You're invited to learn more about the Community Ministry Grants (CMG) initiative at one of the below information sessions.

What is the program?
CMG is an education and matching grant program designed to help Indiana congregations engage in mutual ministry with their chosen community. Thirty Indiana congregations beyond the metro Indianapolis area will be selected to participate. CMG guides your congregation as you learn to launch a new mutual community ministry with, not for, your targeted community. A “targeted” community is one you want to focus on. It could be your actual neighborhood, a school, a particular group of people in an area, like single mothers, senior citizens, unemployed youth. We will show you some good ways to choose.

This Community Ministry… more

January 30, 2018

You're invited to learn more about the Community Ministry Grants (CMG) initiative at one of the below information sessions.

What is the program?
CMG is an education and matching grant program designed to help Indiana congregations engage in mutual ministry with their chosen community. Thirty Indiana congregations beyond the metro Indianapolis area will be selected to participate. CMG guides your congregation as you learn to launch a new mutual community ministry with, not for, your targeted community. A “targeted” community is one you want to focus on. It could be your actual neighborhood, a school, a particular group of people in an area, like single mothers, senior citizens, unemployed youth. We will show you some good ways to choose.

This Community Ministry… more

February 01, 2018

You're invited to learn more about the Community Ministry Grants (CMG) initiative at one of the below information sessions.

What is the program?
CMG is an education and matching grant program designed to help Indiana congregations engage in mutual ministry with their chosen community. Thirty Indiana congregations beyond the metro Indianapolis area will be selected to participate. CMG guides your congregation as you learn to launch a new mutual community ministry with, not for, your targeted community. A “targeted” community is one you want to focus on. It could be your actual neighborhood, a school, a particular group of people in an area, like single mothers, senior citizens, unemployed youth. We will show you some good ways to choose.

This Community Ministry… 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

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