Workshops

February 23, 2017

Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people?  What if there are congregations that are actually growing young?

The good news is that those bright spot churches exist. The Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) team spent the past three years studying congregations effectively capturing the imaginations and hearts of young people ages 15-29. Through this landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations of all sizes, FYI… more


February 24, 2017

Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people?  What if there are congregations that are actually growing young?

The good news is that those bright spot churches exist. The Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) team spent the past three years studying congregations effectively capturing the imaginations and hearts of young people ages 15-29. Through this landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations of all sizes, FYI… more


March 16, 2017

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


March 22, 2017

You’re invited to explore a more expansive way of being a congregation beyond the walls of the congregation.

Pastor and author Keith Anderson facilitates this workshop to lead you through a look at our changing religious and cultural landscape, particularly in regards to rising religious un-affiliation among young adults and advances in digital social media.

Discussion will center on the “cathedral” as a metaphor for this expanded view of being church beyond the church building. You will be invited to think about your own neighborhoods and communities and consider ministry experiments in local gathering “third places” like pubs, coffee shops, farmer’s markets and college campuses. Anderson will also help you to focus on ways of being present and ministering across… more


March 23, 2017

You’re invited to explore a more expansive way of being a congregation beyond the walls of the congregation.

Pastor and author Keith Anderson facilitates this workshop to lead you through a look at our changing religious and cultural landscape, particularly in regards to rising religious un-affiliation among young adults and advances in digital social media.

Discussion will center on the “cathedral” as a metaphor for this expanded view of being church beyond the church building. You will be invited to think about your own neighborhoods and communities and consider ministry experiments in local gathering “third places” like pubs, coffee shops, farmer’s markets and college campuses. Anderson will also help you to focus on ways of being present and ministering across… more


March 23, 2017

Ministry has always been about meeting people where they are – in the streets, neighborhoods, homes and schools. Social media and other forms of digital interaction have added another dimension to that world and work.

Although this raises practical questions about the use of different platforms, it also provides an important opportunity for continued theological reflection. Our use of new media, like our presence and activity in any part of our lives and ministry, is not theologically neutral. Like all dimensions of a ministry’s work, it deserves theological consideration as well.

But what does it mean to reflect theologically about new media? Why does it matter? Where to begin? How can I learn more about this?

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

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April 05, 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… more

April 06, 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… more

April 26, 2017

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

Join us for this workshop and explore the four components of facility stewardship – dreaming, planning, building and sustaining. 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 the four master plans that every congregation must have and learn how to establish a capital reserve plan and keep it active and current.

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April 26, 2017

What does it take to transform an idea into a viral movement to engage Millennials? Author and researcher Derrick Feldmann has spent the past two years talking with the people behind the biggest social movements of our time. He'll share their stories and some of their secrets and talk about what your congregation can do to make your message take off with Millennials. 

Effective movements don't arise by accident. People don't spontaneously come together and effect real change or show interest. If you want your ideas to succeed, you need a solid strategy and the tools to follow through.

Why are movements important?
In today’s hyper-connected environment, Millennials are drawn to the fields of cause and social concerns. From Feldmann’s research, your… more