Resource Database: 'Workshop Resources Guides'

A Celebration of Giving

Author, pastor and consultant Melvin Amerson discusses the importance of celebrating generosity in congregational life. The workshop A Celebration of Giving explored the practice of a weekly offering, strategies for cultivating year-round stewardship, and the relationship between clarity of vision and increased generosity. This resource guide features Amerson's recommended resources. Click...
Date Added: 09/12/2011 12:09 PM GMT
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A Place of Welcome

Gary McIntosh invites leaders to take a look at their congregations through the eyes of a first-time guest. How do visitors see your congregation? How were they welcomed and greeted? What might hold them back from a second visit? McIntosh led this practical workshop offering sound advice on assessing and improving the ways in which congregations attract people, welcome them, follow-up, and...
Date Added: 10/18/2011 08:14 AM GMT
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A Practical Guide to Congregational Planning: Thinking and Acting Strategically

Center staffers Tim Shapiro and Nancy DeMott facilitated this workshop on congregational planning and thinking and acting strategically. Here are their top resource picks.
Date Added: 01/28/2014 01:25 PM GMT
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Adult Formation

In April 2004, Diana Butler Bass led this workshop on Adult Faith Formation: Creating Vital Congregations of Learning and Practice.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:09 PM GMT
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Architecture to Transcend

Author and director of the Oregon Writing Project, Nan Phifer led participants to explore sacred spaces through words in the workshop Architecture to Transcend.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:46 AM GMT
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Assessing Change Readiness

Alban Institute Senior Consultant Susan Beaumont led this Northeast workshop, Assessing Change Readiness, in October 2005.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:05 PM GMT
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Beating Burnout

In January 2004, pastor Lynne Baab discussed Beating Burnout in Congregations.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:10 PM GMT
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Beyond Small Groups

Randy Frazee led this workshop on Beyond Small Groups to Connecting Community in 2002. He is the author of The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Connecting Community.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:12 PM GMT
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Beyond the Ordinary

Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce recommend these resources in connection with their workshop, Beyond the Ordinary. This workshop reveals the findings of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey and how congregational leaders can utilize the information to strengthen their faith communities.
Date Added: 10/3/2007 05:59 AM GMT
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Bivocational Pastors

Pastor and author Dennis Bickers led this workshop about the joys and challenges of being a bivocational pastor.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:47 AM GMT
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Board Development

These resources will help your congregation develop and strengthen the leadership of boards and committees.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:13 PM GMT
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Bonhoeffer Study Guide

This study guide is a resource companion to the film, Bonhoeffer. The film is the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor, pacifist and Nazi resister.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:15 PM GMT
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Building a Neighborhood Together

Hedda Sharapan, associate producer with Family Communications and “ambassador” for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, led participants in a fun, hands-on Neighborhood Build activity and discussed the ministry of Fred Rogers. This event was presented in May 2007.
Date Added: 05/11/2007 05:32 AM GMT
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Building Healthy Small Congregations

In 1998, Alban Institute Consultant Terry Foland led this workshop on small congregations. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:16 PM GMT
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Building Maintenance Capital Repairs

A supplement to the workshop Relating to Contractors: How to Manage Repair and Renovation Projects, this guide includes resources recommended by Inspired Partnerships, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that assists congregations in the care and maintenance of their buildings.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:18 PM GMT
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Building Maintenance Historic Windows

A supplement to the workshop Relating to Contractors: How to Manage Repair and Renovation Projects, this guide includes resources recommended by Inspired Partnerships, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that assists congregations in the care and maintenance of their buildings.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:20 PM GMT
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Building Maintenance Masonry

A supplement to the workshop Relating to Contractors: How to Manage Repair and Renovation Projects, this guide includes resources recommended by Inspired Partnerships, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that assists congregations in the care and maintenance of their buildings.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 07:22 PM GMT
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Building Maintenance Roofs

A supplement to the workshop Relating to Contractors: How to Manage Repair and Renovation Projects, this guide includes resources recommended by Inspired Partnerships, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that assists congregations in the care and maintenance of their buildings.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Celebrating Congregations

Celebrating Congregations was an invitational event led by Center staff in Southern Indiana. These resources will help congregations focus on their strengths as they plan for the future.
Date Added: 06/5/2007 05:40 AM GMT
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Children and Prayer

Author, pastor and musician T. Wyatt Watkins leads this workshop about the differences between children and adult prayer and how to encourage and nurture children in their prayer lives.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Circle of Care: Mobilizing Support in Your Congregation

This practical, highly-interactive workshop introduced laity and clergy to ideas, tools and recommendations to help them provide care and caring ministries to their congregations. Workshop facilitators Susan Dunlap, Jeanne Twohig and Betsy Barton explores with participants practical, specific tools to use in shaping a caring ministry plan for their congregations and ways to cope with illness...
Date Added: 04/25/2011 11:00 PM GMT
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Clergy Writers

Hoosier Pastoral Clergy Writing was a long-term learning event, facilitated by Nan Phifer, an author and writing coach, and Brent Bill, an author and executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Congregational Boards

Dr. Suzanne Stier led this workshop, The Board: Roles and Responsiblities, in 2003.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:29 AM GMT
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Congregational Change

This guide is a supplement to the workshop 13 Choices for Congregational Change led by George Bullard, director of the Hollifield Leadership Center in North Carolina.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:31 AM GMT
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Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times

Systems consultant, author, and educator Peter Steinke discussed Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times in May 2007.
Date Added: 05/1/2007 05:31 AM GMT
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Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking for Effective Direction

Grounded in Family Systems Theory, this workshop features presenter Israel Galindo, who challenges participants to consider a different perspective in thinking about the nature of congregational leadership.
Date Added: 11/29/2010 12:00 AM GMT
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Congregational Redevelopment

George Bullard led this 2001 workshop, Congregational Passages: The Process of Redevelopment.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:32 AM GMT
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Congregations and Community Engagement

This is a list of recommended resources from national speaker and consultant Joy Skjegstad, who facilitated the Center for Congregations workshop Congregations and Community Engagement. For a print-friendly PDF, click the attachment link.  McNeal, Reggie. Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church. San Francisco, CA: Jossey...
Date Added: 11/17/2014 09:56 AM GMT
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Congregations and Culture

Check out top resource picks from presenter Andy Crouch for the workshop Congregations and Culture.
Date Added: 02/7/2012 09:49 AM GMT
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Congregations in Conflict

Alban Senior Consultant Susan Nienaber discusses congregations in conflict in the workshop Not Another Church Fight.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Contemporary Worship

This resource guide supplements the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented in January 2001 by the Center and the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship.
Date Added: 03/5/2007 04:55 AM GMT
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Convergence Worship

This guide supplements the 2004 workshop Convergence Worship: Authentic Worship in a Changing World led by author and professor Robert Webber.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:34 AM GMT
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Creating 501c3

Robert Katz of the Indiana University School of Law discussed Creating a 501(c)3 organization or ministry. This guide supplements this workshop, presented in 2004 and again in 2008.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:34 AM GMT
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Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity

William Enright and Richard Klopp of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving facilitated the workshop Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity in May, June and September 2009.
Date Added: 04/22/2009 10:01 AM GMT
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Creating Cultures of Generosity

William Enright, director of the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, looks at trends in congregational giving. Resources and information can also be found at the Center on Philanthropy website.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Cultivating a Church with Vibrant Purpose

Pastor and author Graham Standish discussed Cultivating a Church with Vibrant Purpose at an October 2009 workshop in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
Date Added: 10/22/2009 11:00 PM GMT
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Deepening Faith

This guide supplements the 2002 workshop Guidance for the Journey: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:35 AM GMT
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Developing Congregational Generosity

William Enright of the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving facilitated this long-term learning event in Evansville, Indiana.  
Date Added: 11/19/2009 12:00 AM GMT
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Disciple Making Church

Glenn McDonald, senior pastor of Zionsville Presbyterian Church, discussed The Disciple Making Church in November of 2005.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 11:10 AM GMT
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Discipleship Through Small Groups

The 1999 workshop Discipleship Through Small Groups was facilitated by Glenn McDonald. McDonald is pastor of Zionsville Presbyterian Church, Zionsville, Indiana. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:36 AM GMT
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Diversity and Congregations

Gerardo Marti and Kevin Dougherty led a workshop on Diversity and Congregations in May 2010. These are their top resource picks on the subject. 
Date Added: 07/19/2010 11:00 PM GMT
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Dynamics of Worship

Minister, author and educator Deborah Kapp discussed worship and congregational life in this 2010 workshop.
Date Added: 04/25/2010 11:00 PM GMT
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Economic Challenges Facing Indiana Congregations

This expanded resource guide is a compilation of local and national resources to support clergy and congregational leaders as they handle the everyday challenges of financial issues. The guide includes sections on congregational finance, faith and money, clergy salary, fundraising and more.
Date Added: 02/10/2009 09:05 AM GMT
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Effective Leadership for Building Projects

Keith Crouch and Russell Maddox of the National Center for Church Architecture explored Effective Leadership for Building Projects in 2009 and 2010 at workshops in Fort Wayne, Zionsville, Evansville and New Albany.
Date Added: 08/24/2009 11:00 PM GMT
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Effective Mission Work: Empowering Those We Serve

Robert D. Lupton, a leader in Christian community development, facilitated this workshop. Here are his top resource picks.
Date Added: 01/27/2014 11:46 AM GMT
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Emerging Church

The emerging church phenomenon is perhaps the most significant congregational trend of our day. Author and educator Eddie Gibbs explored the emerging church with a group in Fort Wayne on Thursday, October 11, 2007.
Date Added: 10/12/2007 06:01 AM GMT
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Emerging Leadership

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2000 workshop Leadership for Emerging Leaders. The workshop was led by Lisa A. Bing, president of Bing Consulting Group; and Gary V. Simpson, senior pastor of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:37 AM GMT
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Emerging Shifts in Youth Ministry

Youth Minister Tony Jones led this 2005 workshop on youth ministry and how it is affected by postmodernism, globalization, and the emerging church.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 01:31 AM GMT
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Energizing Your Sunday School Program

In January 2009, educator Phyllis Wezeman shared with congregations the Rotation Sunday School Model - the method of utilizing various mediums to teach Bible stories to children.
Date Added: 04/7/2009 09:13 AM GMT
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Energy Conservation

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2000 workshop Energy Conservation in Houses of Worship, led by Andrew Rudin and Inspired Partnerships, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that assists congregations in the care and maintenance of their older buildings.
Date Added: 11/17/2014 10:00 AM GMT
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Engaging in Faithful Ministry

Dr. Michael Dash facilitated the workshop Engaging in Faithful Ministry in January 2011. These are his top resource picks. 
Date Added: 01/10/2011 12:00 AM GMT
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Envisioning and Designing 21st Century Faith Formation

In this workshop, consultant, educator and author John Roberto explores the shape of 21st century faith formation and the significant forces impacting congregations and the diversity of spiritual and religious needs of people and communities today. This workshop resource guide features Roberto's recommended resources on the topic. Click the link to download the resource guide.
Date Added: 09/13/2012 08:36 AM GMT
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Essentials of Church Finance

Congregational leaders explored topics of church accounting practices, planning and budgeting, internal controls and risk management, and financial reporting in the workshop Essentials of Church Finance. The event was led by Vonna Laue, co-author of Essential Guide to Church Finances and partner with the accounting firm Capin Crouse. 
Date Added: 04/25/2010 11:00 PM GMT
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Exploring the Longevity Revolution

In this October 2010 workshop, Richard Gentzler helped resource leaders in their ministries with older adults. The workshop was presented in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
Date Added: 11/29/2010 12:00 AM GMT
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Exploring the Real Life of Congregations

Pastors Heidi Neumark and Richard Lindvall discussed The Real Life of Congregations in this 2005 workshop.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 01:45 AM GMT
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Externally Focused Church

The Externally Focused Church was presented by Eric Swanson of Leadership Network. This 2005 workshop explored the importance of outreach and a church's impact on its community.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:11 AM GMT
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Externally Focused Quest

Eric Swanson discussed outreach and community ministry in this October 2010 workshop in Evansville and Seymour.
Date Added: 11/29/2010 12:00 AM GMT
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Families, Faith and Congregations

This resource list was developed to supplement the 1999 conference Families, Faith and Congregations, sponsored by the Center. This resource guide was updated in 2001.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:12 AM GMT
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Finding Your Niche

Southern Baptist pastor and denominational leader Robert Perry discusses Finding Your Niche. This 2005 workshop focused on sound marketing principles, identifying strengths and needs, and developing strategies for effective ministry.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:13 AM GMT
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Flourishing Congregations

The Flourishing Congregations: Moving from Dreams to Reality gatherings led participants to share stories, look at the positive core of congregations, and find ways to move toward positive change through Appreciative Inquiry, Asset Mapping, World Cafe', and more.
Date Added: 04/17/2007 05:22 AM GMT
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Four Doorways to Deepening Worship

These are the top resource picks from musician, composer and worship consultant Adam Kukuk, who led the Center workshop Four Doorways to Deepening Worship.
Date Added: 10/21/2013 09:47 AM GMT
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Funding Your Ministry Projects

Check out these favorite resources on Funding Your Ministry Projects from workshop presenter Aimée Laramore. For a print-friendly PDF, click the attachment link.
Date Added: 02/24/2014 12:53 PM GMT
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Giving and Stewardship

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2001 workshop, Giving and Stewardship,  led by Dr. Kennon Callahan, a respected church consultant, pastor, theologian, seminar leader, researcher, teacher, and author.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Godly Play

The 2003 Godly Play workshop was facilitated by Kim McPherson, national trainer for Godly Play.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:14 AM GMT
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Governance and Ministry

Alban Institute Consultant Dan Hotchkiss led congregations in conversation about Governance and Ministry at workshops in November 2009 in Indianapolis and Crown Point and in September 2010 in Evansville and Jeffersonville. This is a listing of his top resource picks on the subject. 
Date Added: 11/19/2009 12:00 AM GMT
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Healthy Responses to Conflict

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2003 workshop, Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Congregational Conflict, led by Arthur Paul Boers, assistant professor of Pastoral Theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:15 AM GMT
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Holy Conversations

Holy Conversations is an event that explores strategic planning. Author, consultant, and popular workshop leader Gil Rendle led this event.
Date Added: 10/31/2007 06:14 AM GMT
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How Cultural Trends Affect Your Congregation

Check out these relevant resources for the workshop How Cultural Trends Affect Your Congregation. Led by author, consultant, and speaker Gil Rendle, this workshop was presented in September 2007.
Date Added: 09/25/2007 05:52 AM GMT
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Inspiring Your Congregations Board

This resource list was developed to supplement the 1999 workshop Inspiring Your Congregation’s Board: Board Service as Worshipful Work. Charles Olsen, director of Worshipful–Work in Kansas City, Missouri. facilitated the workshop. The resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:16 AM GMT
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Internet Resources for Congregational Planning

In February 2007, Roger Finke from the AARDA led this workshop. This guide lists a variety of website resources to help congregations with planning.
Date Added: 04/24/2007 05:30 AM GMT
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Internet Strategies for Your Congregation

Planning how to utilize the internet in your congregation was the topic of conversation at March workshops in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Workshop presenter David Bourgeois is a professor with research interests in faith and technology.
Date Added: 04/7/2009 09:25 AM GMT
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Intersection of Leadership and Preaching

Center president Tim Shapiro and Alban Institute consultant Gil Rendle led the long-term learning event, Practicing What We Preach.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 10:14 PM GMT
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Leading Change

Alban Institute consultant Gil Rendle discusses Leading Change in the Congregation. This 1998 resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 10:15 PM GMT
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Leading Change

Author, consultant, and speaker Gil Rendle discusses Leading Change at this September 2007 workshop.
Date Added: 09/25/2007 05:51 AM GMT
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Leading Change 2002

Leading Change in Congregations was led by congregational consultant and author Gil Rendle in April 2002.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 11:17 AM GMT
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Leading in Conflict

Effective leaders can help congregations face the conflicts that come from the changing world in which we live and discover the vitality of reform and new life.  Dan Moseley, author of several books and professor of practical parish ministry emeritus at Christian Theological Seminary, led participants to discover how to handle  the inevitable conflicts and to process the losses...
Date Added: 10/17/2011 01:20 PM GMT
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Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion with Children and Youth with Disabilities

In this Center for Congregations workshop, educator and author Barbara Newman walked through a practical process that wraps around children and youth with disabilities as congregations seek to use the gifts of individuals and support the needs of individuals. These are Newman's top resource picks on this topic.
Date Added: 10/21/2013 09:51 AM GMT
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Media Ministry

Tim Eason, a leader in the area of technology and worship, facilitated the workshop Media Ministry in February of 2006.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:47 PM GMT
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Megachurches

Scott Thumma talks about his research on Megachurches - what these churches are and are not, why they are thriving, and what churches of all sizes can learn from these giants.
Date Added: 05/28/2008 04:03 PM GMT
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Ministry by Strength

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2004 Ministry by Strength workshop with presenter Sue Nilson, director of Ministries at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:40 AM GMT
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Ministry for the 21st Century Child

Educator, speaker, consultant and author Ivy Beckwith facilitates this comprehensive workshop, Ministry for the 21st Century Child. She explores how to spiritually nurture Millennial and Generation Z children. Beckwith also focuses on story, ritual and relationship as a model for children’s ministry and the role of the faith community in the spiritual formation of children and the...
Date Added: 09/12/2012 10:37 AM GMT
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Mobilize Church Volunteers

The 1998 workshop How to Mobilize Church Volunteers was led by Marlene Wilson of Volunteer Management Associates.  Wilson is internationally known as one of the foremost authorities and dynamic trainers in the field of volunteer management. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:46 AM GMT
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Mobilizing Lay Ministry

Mobilizing Lay Ministry was facilitated by Sue Mallory, the executive director of  Leadership Training Network and supporting author of the Starter Kit for Mobilizing Ministry. 
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:54 AM GMT
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Nurturing Faith and Family Life

In October 2009, Diana Garland talked with congregational leaders about Nurturing Faith and Family Life. She led participants in exploring how to develop a vibrant ministry to and through families, expanding on her idea that community service is more important than anything else congregations can do to build the faith of families. 
Date Added: 11/2/2009 12:00 AM GMT
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Nurturing Faith at Home

This resource list was developed to supplement the 1998 workshop, Nurturing Faith at Home,  led by Bradley Wigger, director of the Center for Congregations and Family Ministry at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:49 AM GMT
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Nurturing Healthy Youth

Eugene Roehlkepartain and Jim Conway of the Search Institute facilitated this1998 workshop. The resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 04:57 AM GMT
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Practicing Our Faith

The workshop Practicing Our Faith in Your Congregation was led by Dorothy Bass, director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, and Craig Dykstra, vice president for Religion at Lilly Endowment Inc. Dorothy Bass recommends the following resources.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:00 AM GMT
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Praying in Color

Mathematics instructor, author and doodler Sybil MacBeth explored Praying in Color. The Center for Congregations presented this workshop three times - in October 2007 as part of the Spirit and Place Festival, then again in September 2008 in Indianapolis and New Albany. 
Date Added: 03/26/2008 06:52 AM GMT
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Praying with Purpose

Educator and author Claire Wolfteich discussed the use of prayer in addressing challenging social issues. The workshop, Praying with Purpose: Connecting Your Faith to the Wider World, took place in March of 2008 and again in November 2008. Wolfteich recommended these resources.
Date Added: 03/26/2008 06:53 AM GMT
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Preaching Passion Globalized

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2001 workshop Preaching with Passion and Purpose.  Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, executive director of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, led a class on Passionate Preaching in a Globalized Ecumenical Community.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:09 AM GMT
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Preaching Passion1

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2001 workshop Preaching with Passion and Purpose.  Dr. Gardner Taylor, a presenter and senior pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, recommends the following resources for preaching.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:02 AM GMT
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Preaching Passion2

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2001 workshop Preaching with Passion and Purpose. Dr. Brad Braxton, a workshop presenter and assistant professor of Homiletics and Biblical Studies at Wake Forest Divinity School, recommends the following resources for preaching.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:04 AM GMT
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Preaching Passion3

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2001 workshop Preaching with Passion and Purpose.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:06 AM GMT
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Raising the Roof

Raising the Roof is a workshop on size transition with Alice Mann, a senior consultant with the Alban Institute.
Date Added: 03/15/2007 04:57 AM GMT
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Raising the Roof

Alice Mann of the Alban Institute led the workshop Raising the Roof in Fort Wayne on September 19 and 20, 2007. Raising the Roof explored the size transition from pastoral- to program-size congregations.
Date Added: 09/25/2007 05:50 AM GMT
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Re-imagining the Church

Pastor, speaker, and writer Doug Pagitt led the workshop Re-imagining the Church in January 2008. The workshop focused on emerging church concepts and explored the idea that the traditional ways of approaching spiritual formation may not be the only avenues toward living in harmony with God.
Date Added: 01/28/2008 06:34 AM GMT
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Real Kids, Real Faith

Educator, pastor, and parent Karen Marie Yust explored with participants ways to create a more spiritual world for children. This 2008 workshop was presented in the Greenwood and Fort Wayne. Yust is the author of Real Kids Real Faith: Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality and Taught by God.
Date Added: 04/7/2008 06:54 AM GMT
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Reclaiming Testimony

Pastor and author Lillian Daniel looks at discovering the practice of testimony in this November 2006 workshop.
Date Added: 03/15/2007 04:58 AM GMT
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Reconsidering Worship's Meaning and Purpose

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:45 AM GMT
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Reformed and Reforming

This resource list was developed to supplement a 2004 gathering of clergy and staff from the Reformed tradition, entitled Engaging God’s World.  This gathering was facilitated by Neil Plantinga, president of Calvin Theological Seminary.
Date Added: 03/1/2007 11:28 PM GMT
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Religious and Congregational Trends

Mark Chaves discusses trends in religion and in congregations at this April 1009 workshop. Chaves picked his top resources for those wanting to explore data and information on religious and congregational trends.
Date Added: 04/22/2009 09:48 AM GMT
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Resilient Congregations: Navigating Transitions and Challenges

Alban Institute Consultant Susan Nienaber talked with central and northeast Indiana congregations about navigating transitions and challenges in this January 2010 education event.
Date Added: 01/28/2010 12:00 AM GMT
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Service and Faith Formation in the Congregation

Well-known family scholar Diana Garland picks her top resources to help congregational leaders create their own congregational plans of action.
Date Added: 10/21/2013 10:03 AM GMT
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Serving with Style

In April 2006, pastor and author Ronald C. Williams led the workshop Serving with Style.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:09 PM GMT
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Shared Ministry: Strategies for Equipping People to Serve

Check out the top resource picks from national speaker and volunteer manager Andee Marks, who led the workshop Center for Congregartions workshop Shared Ministry.
Date Added: 04/24/2012 09:36 AM GMT
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Shepherding Spiritual Life

Alice Mann, senior consultant at the Alban Institute, led the 1999 workshop Shepherding the Spiritual Life of Congregations. This resource guide was updated in 2001. 
Date Added: 03/1/2007 11:29 PM GMT
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Size Transitions

This resource guide was developed to supplement the long-term learning event Size Transitions in Congregations, facilitated by Alice Mann, senior consultant with the Alban Institute.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:20 AM GMT
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Small Church Spirituality

Author and pastor Anthony Pappas discussed Small Church Spirituality in this November 2007 and October 2008 workshop.
Date Added: 12/10/2007 06:32 AM GMT
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Small Congregations

Anthony Pappas led Inside the Small Church in 2003.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:21 AM GMT
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Social Media and Congregational Communications

These are the top resource picks by workshop presenter Meredith Gould on Social Media and Congregational Communications.Gould, Meredith. The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.
Date Added: 02/24/2014 12:45 PM GMT
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Social Media for Congregational Leaders

You can download Doug Pagitt's top resource picks to help congregational leaders utilize social networking. Pagitt facilitated the Center for Congregations workshop Social Media for Congregational Leaders in Greenwood and Dyer in May 2011. 
Date Added: 05/10/2011 11:00 PM GMT
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Spiritual Foundations of Congregational Leadership

Donald Zimmer led this Center for Congregations workshop. Here are his favorite resources on the subject.
Date Added: 01/28/2014 01:31 PM GMT
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Spiritual Strategic Journey

George Bullard discussed the Spiritual Strategic Journey of congregations at this February 2008 workshop.
Date Added: 02/8/2008 06:44 AM GMT
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Spirituality and the Business of the Congregation

In 2002, the Center presented Spirituality and the Business of the Congregation. The workshop was led by Karen-Marie Yust, assistant professor of Christian Education and director of the M.A. program in Christian Education at Christian Theological Seminary.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:23 AM GMT
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Staying Connected in a Facebook World

Author Christian Piatt picked these top resources for congregational leaders interested in connecting with today's technologically-saavy audience. Piatt led workshops in February 2009 in Indianapolis and Seymour.
Date Added: 04/7/2009 09:18 AM GMT
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Stepping Up To Supervision

Alban Institute senior consultant and author Susan Beaumont offers her favorite resource recommendations to help congregational leaders explore supervising, motivating and coordinating staff teams.
Date Added: 10/21/2013 09:56 AM GMT
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Sticky Faith: Understanding Why Youth and Young Adults Stay in Church

All congregational leaders hope that their faith lessons make an impact on children and stay with them through their teen and young adult years. In this workshop, Fuller Youth Institute Director Kara Powell explored ways to make faith lessons stick, bringing about powerful changes in not only youth, but in worship, adult education and congregational life. This resource guide includes Powell's...
Date Added: 10/21/2013 09:53 AM GMT
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Stories That Take Us Somewhere

Alban Institute consultants Kathryn Palen and Susan Beaumont led this 2005 workshop.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:28 AM GMT
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Strengthening Congregational Leadership

The 1999 workshop Strengthening Congregational Leadership was facilitated by Calvin Pressley, Executive Director of the Institute of Church Administration and Management. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:29 AM GMT
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Sustainable Youth Ministry

Youth leader Mark DeVries facilitated the workshop Sustainable Youth Ministry.
Date Added: 12/2/2008 07:46 AM GMT
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Technology and Its Possibilities

Daryl Cripe and Steve Clark of Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana, shared with congregations what they have learned using worship and production technology. Grace is a local leader in technology use in a congregation. This workshop was presented in October of 2008.
Date Added: 10/16/2008 07:25 AM GMT
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TechTalk: Using Technology in Your Congregation

Center for Congregations staffers Aaron Spiegel and Nancy Armstrong discussed technology in today's congregation at this March 2008 workshop.
Date Added: 03/19/2008 06:51 AM GMT
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Telling the Story

This resource list was developed to supplement the workshop, Telling the Story: Congregations and Media, led by Art Cribbs, a pastor and the president of Pacific Media Ministry.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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The Art of Bible Storying

The following resources are recommended by The Art of Bible Storying workshop leader Michael Novelli. For a print-friendly PDF, click the attachment link.
Date Added: 12/4/2014 11:27 AM GMT
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The Essential Small Church

In May 2009, David Ray explored with participants the theological appreciation for small churches and how these congregations are critical players in the religious landscape. Ray recommended these resources.
Date Added: 04/22/2009 09:54 AM GMT
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The Inviting Church

Alban Institute senior consultant Roy Oswald led this 1998 workshop. This resource guide was updated in 2000.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:33 AM GMT
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The Recession and Its Implications for Congregational Life

William Enright and Aimée Laramore of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University School of Philanthropy, explored the findings, data and implications of the 2013 Congregational Economic Impact study with participants at this workshop. This is a list of their favorite resource picks.
Date Added: 06/18/2013 08:39 AM GMT
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The Soul of Your Congregation

The Soul of Your Congregation looks at spiritual formation for the whole congregation. In April 2009, Mindy Caliguire from SoulCare and Lyle SmithGraybeal and Chris Webb from RENOVARÉ led participants through discussions and exercises to help them understand...
Date Added: 04/16/2009 09:37 AM GMT
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The Welcoming Congregation

In this 2005 workshop, Dr. Ron Wolfson shared with participants the best customer service practices from the corporate world.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:34 AM GMT
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This House We Build

This resource list was developed to supplement the workshop, This House We Build, led by Rabbi Terry Bookman, an educator and author, and William Kahn, a professor at Boston University’s school of management. 
Date Added: 10/31/2007 06:15 AM GMT
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Transforming Congregational Culture

Anthony Robinson led the workshop Transforming Congregational Culture in May 2006.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:13 PM GMT
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Transforming Congregations

Ed White, senior consultant at the Alban Institute, led the workshop Transforming Congregations for the Future. 
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:36 AM GMT
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Turnaround Congregation

The 2003 workshop The Turnaround Congregation: Congregational Redevelopment Principles and Strategies was led by Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson, pastor of a redeveloping congregation.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:37 AM GMT
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Twelve Keys to an Effective Church

The following resources are recommended by researcher, consultant and pastor Kennon Callahan, who led the Center for Congregations workshop Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. For a print-friendly PDF, click the attachment link.  Callahan, Kennon. Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation. San Francisco...
Date Added: 11/17/2014 09:50 AM GMT
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Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism

Gay Reese discussed sharing faith and authentically living out beliefs in this November 2007 workshop, Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism.
Date Added: 11/27/2007 06:24 AM GMT
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Unfinished Congregation

Pastor and author Brian McLaren facilitated The Unfinished Congregation in September 2005.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 05:20 PM GMT
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Using Technology

Whether your congregation is large or small, young or well-established, you are using technology as a tool for ministry. Technology is part of our everyday lives – and our spiritual lives are no exception. Check out this Using Resources piece on Technology. Center staff contributed their best advice for congregational leaders looking at utilizing, updating and implementing technology...
Date Added: 04/13/2010 11:00 PM GMT
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Using the Congregational Story

Anne Streaty Wimberly and Edward Wimberly of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, led the 2002 workshop Using the Congregational Story to Release Leaders to Serve.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:39 AM GMT
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Welcoming and Nurturing

This southeast Indiana luncheon series, presented August-October 2010, offers three perspectives on the topic of newcomer welcome, retention and assimilation. 
Date Added: 08/11/2010 11:00 PM GMT
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Worship Architecture

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:40 AM GMT
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Worship Children

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:41 AM GMT
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Worship Cultural

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:43 AM GMT
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Worship Music

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 02:44 AM GMT
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Worship Planning

This resource guide was developed as a supplement to the conference, Meaningful Worship in a Changing Culture, presented by the Center and Calvin Institute for Worship. John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute, recommends the following worship related resources.Book of Common Worship.  Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993...
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Young Adults

Young Adults: Missing in Action looks at this age group and how to get them involved in a place of worship. The 2002 workshop was led by Rodger Nishioka, an author and former youth director.
Date Added: 03/2/2007 12:00 AM GMT
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Your Sacred Space is a Community Asset

Presenter Elizabeth Terry lists her top resource picks for the workshop Your Sacred Space is a Community Asset.
Date Added: 02/7/2012 09:50 AM GMT
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