Workshops

October 11, 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

October 12, 2017

Your congregation is always learning. New ideas, methods, tools – you learn whatever you need to achieve your goals. But have you ever thought about how your congregation learns? When you can see the “how” of learning and where you are in the learning journey, you can move with greater confidence from your creative ideas to stand-out programming.

In this luncheon workshop Center for Congregations President Tim Shapiro introduces you to the learning journey that is part of almost all successful congregational projects. He will also help you identify where one of your current projects stands in light of that journey.

You will learn how to:

see program challenges as learning opportunities. know where you are in the learning journey so you know what to do next.… more
October 12, 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

October 19, 2017

You can help teenagers and young adults discover and embrace your congregation.

Through a landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations welcoming and serving teenagers and young adults, the Fuller Youth Institute uncovered the core commitments that are key to reaching and retaining young people. Led by Fuller Executive Director Kara Powell, this live online workshop explores those findings, as well as stories of real-life congregations that are thriving. As a congregational leader, you’ll gain a host of possible ideas to help your organization change young people, and help young people change your organization.

In this live online workshop, you will:

feel empowered by case studies and examples of diverse congregations to realize that any… more
October 23, 2017

Every congregation wants to pass along the faith to younger generations and continue to grow disciples of every age. Our 21st Century world presents significant challenges to lifelong faith formation, but also new possibilities. Join John Roberto, president of Lifelong Faith Associates, as he shows you how to create a discipleship/faith formation format that works in our time.

This six-part workshop series is designed to guide you to embrace a new vision for faith formation and discipleship. You will learn an approach that will:

engage all generations, often together. nurture family faith and equip parents to pass along their faith to their children. address the unique needs of people across the life cycle. develop outreach to the unaffiliated and uninvolved and invite… more
October 25, 2017

Your congregational facility tells a story. Stories are all around us, in virtually every aspect of our daily experiences. In this live online workshop, facility management leader Tim Cool offers a unique perspective on the importance of congregational buildings.

These buildings are vastly more important than most understand. The congregational campus and the story of the people in the congregation go hand-in-hand and are interwoven into each other. You cannot neglect the power of story and how your congregational facility communicates a story.

Cool will answer several key questions about congregational facilities. How does congregational space support the story of the people? How does the congregational space prime the heart, minds and emotions of your guests? How does… more

October 26, 2017

Since the mid 90’s, there has been a shift in congregational charitable giving. Once upon a time, clergy could mount the pulpit, state a need, and people would give. Today, donor giving is more value-driven than need-driven, with fundraising increasingly donor-centered rather than institution-centered. People no longer give just because the congregational leadership asks. Giving decisions are made beyond the walls of a congregation. For many, that place is back home at the kitchen table. The kitchen table is a metaphor symbolizing those times and places where deep conversations occur that shape a person’s charitable giving decisions.

You need to ask yourself: How can my congregation become part of this tangle of giving conversations?

Workshop facilitator Bill Enright… more

November 02, 2017

Since the mid 90’s, there has been a shift in congregational charitable giving. Once upon a time, clergy could mount the pulpit, state a need, and people would give. Today, donor giving is more value-driven than need-driven, with fundraising increasingly donor-centered rather than institution-centered. People no longer give just because the congregational leadership asks. Giving decisions are made beyond the walls of a congregation. For many, that place is back home at the kitchen table. The kitchen table is a metaphor symbolizing those times and places where deep conversations occur that shape a person’s charitable giving decisions.

You need to ask yourself: How can my congregation become part of this tangle of giving conversations?

Workshop facilitator Bill Enright… 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

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