Past Workshops

Past Workshops

BKWhen’s the last time you wished you could push the reset button? We all have dreams of “if I only knew then what I know now . . .” What if you were given the opportunity to reset how you lead in your congregation or how you approach ministry? What reflections would surface and what changes would you make?   

Perhaps your changes would reflect the desire for personal growth. You might wish to be more playful…


KMEffective 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…


karaIt 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…


MTWe 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.
 
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MSNo matter the size of your congregation you see first-time guests each year. While some guests choose not to return because they simply aren’t ready to enter into congregational life, others don’t return because of their visitor experience. It’s easy to overlook how people new to your congregation are welcomed and provided with information. But when this process is forgotten, so are the very people you serve.…


MikeWhile 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…


JuneStrategic 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…


KMEffective 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…