- Matching grants and the difference they make to congregations
Over the past five years, the Center for Congregations has awarded an average of 92 matching grants each year to Indiana congregations. Those… continue reading
- Youth respond to meaningful relationships over programming
The youth room is full of equipment, curriculum, and games. Yet the seats of modern day congregations are growing old rather than “growing young… continue reading
- Planning a New Ministry? Start by Listening
Despite best intentions, new ministries sometimes fail. Founding leaders move away; volunteers burnout; or the people you want to serve never show… continue reading
- Successful Fundraising for Congregations
If there ever was a time when funds for ministries came effortlessly and plentifully, that time is no more. Congregation leaders understand that… continue reading
- Listening for Mission is a Real Thing
Many congregational leaders are rethinking their approach to local, hands-on mission. Challenged by such books as Toxic Charity and When Helping… continue reading
- Music in Worship
It seems the worship music wars may be mostly behind us. At least I don’t hear many scuffles these days about the tension worship music… continue reading
- Interested in Serving your Community?
At the Center for Congregations, we are seeing a definite trend: congregations are requesting resources to help them serve their communities more… continue reading
- Put Away the Skinny Jeans
“Put Away the Skinny Jeans” is the provocative title of a recent article in Christianity Today magazine heralding the release of the Fuller Youth… continue reading
- Do You Pay Attention to Browser Security?
Google recently announced that the next version of their Chrome browser will alert users if websites are not encrypted. What’s encryption? Simply… continue reading
- Who Are You?
Experts who work with congregations say that a congregation’s understanding of its own “identity” is crucial. I hear this often. This may seem… continue reading