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
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
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