The Art of the Flourishing Congregation: Practices that Promote Positive Change

FC-Art-Web.jpgDiscover the power of positive change at this Center for Congregations conference. The Art of the Flourishing Congregation: Practices that Promote Positive Change builds on the concepts of the Center’s signature Flourishing Congregations event, giving you the knowledge and tools to continue to dream, discover and do.

If you have attended a past Flourishing gathering, you will gain new information and strategies for utilizing positive change. If you are new to Flourishing, this event is a great opportunity to explore the benefits of positive change and how it can make a difference in your congregation – attendance at a previous event is not a pre-requisite.

The Art of Flourishing
The Art of the Flourishing Congregation is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Morris Inn on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend. This interactive gathering is designed for teams. It is required that you bring at least three people from your congregation. The cost is $50 per congregational team. If you have questions about team size, please contact Matt Burke at The cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking and all workshop materials. If you need recommendations or assistance securing overnight lodging, please contact us at 866-307-2381.


At this conference, you will learn about positive change and the various resources, processes and practices that support successful implementation in your congregation.

Identifying Your Challenge
In advance of the conference, you and your team are encouraged to identify a congregational challenge or opportunity that you’d like to address. Breakout sessions will be offered on various positive change principles during the conference. You can choose your breakout session, based on the challenge you identify for your congregation. Once you register for The Art of the Flourishing Congregation, we'll be in contact to help you identify and sign up for the breakout sessions that will best fit.

Definition of Positive Change
Positive change is an approach and high engagement process of focusing on what is successful in a congregation. Congregations collectively learn, grow and change through a purposefully affirmative process. The benefits include stronger relationships within your congregation and tangible results that have the support and affirmation of your faith community.

Event Learning Goals
At this conference, you will:

  •     learn the benefits of positive change;
  •     explore how to hold and manage the three life-giving capacities that contribute to positive change;
  •     learn the five practices that promote positive change;
  •     discover how to assess the presence of the five practices currently in your congregation;
  •     experience the resources/processes that facilitate positive change;
  •     create a concrete and practical plan for affecting change and addressing challenges using positive change resources and practices.

This conference is resource-rich, practical and participative. It features experiential learning, which prepares you to apply these tools and concepts in your congregation.

Important Registration Information
You can register online now. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Registration is limited to Indiana congregations. We encourage you to sign up all team members upon initial registration. If you need to register additional team members later, please contact Eunita Booker at the northeast Center office at Registration will close at noon on Friday, March 10. If you want to register after that time, please contact Eunita Booker at the northeast Center office at

If you have questions, contact your local Center for Congregations office:

    Central Indiana, Sue Weber at;
    Northeast, Matt Burke at;
    Northwest, contact Katie Lindberg at;
    Southeast, contact Doug Hanner at;
    Southwest, contact Wendy McCormick at