Podcast

Podcast

Your congregation is important. But we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join Ben Tapper, Matt Burke and other Center for Congregations consultants as they interview thought leaders and experts to encourage, inspire and help you find the right information and resources to address your congregation's needs. Center for Congregations staff will share what they're learning through our work with congregations. Speakers, authors and congregational practitioners will share their stories and best practices to help your congregation thrive.

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S2 E7: A Primer on Racial Equity

The Center for Congregations' own McKenzie Scott Lewis joins Ben and Matt to discuss diversity, inclusion and equity. Click here for resources on this subject.

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S2 Bonus Episode: Basic Tech Infrastructure for Streaming

Pastor Bruce Colbert of Custom Sound Design shares information on the basics of setting up livestreams.

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S2 E6: Fear and Anger: Christian Nationalism

Research findings about Christian Nationalism among young people in America with sociologist (and young adult) Michael Rotolo. For additional resources on this topic, click here.

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S2 E5: Courting Justice

Join the conversation about the unique challenges and opportunities of leading multi-cultural and multi-lingual congregations with Pastor Bere Gil Soto. Find recommended resources around this topic.

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S2 E4: Bring Your Whole Self

Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, one of the co-founders of the Prickly Pear Collective, talks about creating authentic community where everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self. Click here for recommended resources around this topic.

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S2 E3: Tech: It's Not as Complicated as You Think

Pastor John Girton talks about excellence in online worship experiences using technology and what's next for congregations and the virtual space. You can find related resources here.

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S2 E2: Waving the Banner for Youth Ministry

Mark Oestreicher (a.k.a. Marko) of The Youth Cartel, sets the record straight on a few myths about youth ministry and shares his wisdom from his more than 30 years experience. Click here for more resources on this subject.

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S2 E1: Wisdom to Start Your New Year

Executive strategist and non-profit leader Aimée Laramore discusses navigating big changes and using your assets to accomplish your goals. Find recommended resources around this topic.

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S1 E8: What Went Right in 2020

Our staff highlights bright spots of 2020 with the stories of Indiana congregations

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S1 E7: Exchanging Pews for Strollers

How listening well can help solve problems, with design-thinking strategist Victoria Sun Esparza. For additional resources on the subject, click here.

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S1 E6: Agents of Unity

Healing the divide in our congregations: a conversation with Bishop Tavis Grant II. Find suggested resources here.

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S1 E5: Whosoever

A discussion with Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary about leading in contentious and divided times without abandoning our convictions. See recommended resources here. You can find the full podcast transcript here.

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S1 E4: Kicked Off a Cliff

Grappling with rapid change - a conversation with pastor and leadership expert Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes. Find recommended resources from this episode. See the full podcast transcript here.

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S1 E3: Do we have to Hide our Pain?

A dialogue between therapy and faith with therapist Hillary McBride. See suggested resources here. Read the podcast transcript here.

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S1 E2: Tapping into Experience

Changes in congregations over the years with Center President Tim Shapiro. Discover recommended resources here. Click here for the podcast transcript.

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S1 E1: Where have all the Young People Gone?

A Conversation with Mike McHargue aka Science Mike. See this episode's suggested resources. You can see the podcast transcript here.

 

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