Winter Learning

Winter Learning

Our education programming is taking a winter break in January, but you can still access our most popular workshops from 2022. From topics on mental health and healthy habits to resilient ministry, there are a variety of resources for your congregation. All recordings will expire on February 15, 2023.

 

Congregations, Equity and Justice in Action
From the small towns to sprawling urban city centers, Indiana is increasingly becoming a state where diversity is growing and ministry needs are expanding. How can congregations leverage their spiritual gifts and available resources to make an impact as their communities evolve? This interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools to assess and begin to address their congregational capacity to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and their neighbors.

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Access Code: Gladden0224!

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7 Healthy Habits of Congregations
Outside of the work of God, organizational health is the most significant factor in the effectiveness and longevity of congregations. Congregations in the United States may be in their most perilous position in history. At least 90% of congregations in the United States are plateaued or in decline, 40% of congregations in the United States are at risk of closing in the next year, and 38% of clergy are seriously considering leaving ministry. Organizational health is more important than it has ever been. 

In this seminar we will examine the importance of organizational health for a congregation, the 7 habits of healthy congregations and how congregants, clergy, staff and ministry leaders can help their congregations be as healthy as possible for the greatest impact.

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Access Code: Carlson0420!

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Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age
Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age explores the new missional frontier described as a “Digital Age” and the challenges and opportunities it presents. We will examine a theological framework for ministering in the digital age and practical application to help churches take their next steps toward faithful and fruitful ministry in a rapidly changing world.

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Access Code: Picardo0426! 

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Fraud & Congregations - Insights From a Fraud Investigator 
In this education event, we will explore the incentives and pressures facing individuals, fraud risks in the pandemic and post-pandemic environments, as well as ways to prevent and detect fraudulent activity in your congregation.

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Access Code: Vieth0519!

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Congregational Life: Assumptions Failing Us Now
Many old assumptions that governed church life no longer apply. Assumptions like “worship attendance is the primary metric of congregational vitality” or “geography dictates belonging".

We are in a liminal season, which means we cannot rely on the past to predict the future. Innovation requires that we examine and challenge the old assumptions to make way for new approaches. In this live online workshop participants will learn to surface and examine outdated assumptions. Together, we will cultivate new habits to: 

• Challenge tacit knowledge 
• Ask better questions
• Pay attention to new patterns
• Create new frames, and 
• Discover new surprises

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Access Code: Beaumont1013!

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How to Know if Burnout is Near and What to Do About It
The mental and emotional health of a faith community is a joint venture between God, the community's leadership, and its lay people. Why does this subject matter? Because the number of people who identify as believers in Jesus Christ are experiencing record levels of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. This event will unpack the current landscape as it relates to the mental and emotional well-being, the key contributors to that landscape, and the most impactful behaviors both leaders and lay people can practice to help them get and stay healthy.

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Access Code: Opalewski1018!

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You Have to Keep Innovating  
The pandemic forced congregations to adapt and innovate. However, it is important to prevent those adaptations from becoming stagnant. Join the Center for Congregations as we present Rev. Dr. Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes who will share how congregations can continually innovate in order to adapt and grow to address the new challenges and opportunities that arise both inside and outside of your congregation.

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Access Code: CudjoeWilkes1116!