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

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

You're invited to The Art of the Flourishing Congregation on Thursday, November 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time), at the Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington.

World CafeDiscover positive change
Discover 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 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
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. 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.  Online registration is available now.

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

FCIdentifying 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. At the conference, you and your fellow participants will be organized around common challenges and/or opportunities. In small work groups, you will learn how to apply positive change practices and principles in order to overcome challenges or realize opportunities.

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

Event Learning Goals
At this conference, you will:

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

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

FCImportant Registration Information
Online registration is available 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, you can modify your registration to add others. Or you can contact Carol Delph at the southeast Center office at






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

    Central Indiana, contact Sue Weber at;
    Northeast, contact Matt Burke at;
    Northwest, contact McKenzie Scott Lewis at;
    Southeast, contact Shellie Riggs Jordan at;
    Southwest, contact Wendy McCormick at