Teaching to Transform: Understanding Congregational Education

IGWhat’s the goal of education in your congregation? Is it to provide historical background and information on your sacred texts? Or to teach how to effectively engage culture? Regardless of the specific content, it’s likely that you desire to form and transform the spirituality of your people. Congregational education is often not optimally designed for spiritual formation. Your educational approach might actually be hindering what you hope to achieve.

To help you better understand how to teach for spiritual formation, the Center for Congregations presents educator and author Dr. Israel Galindo, leading the workshop Teaching to Transform.

This full-day workshop explores a basic framework for what “spiritual formation” means and helps you understand educational approaches that both inform and transform your learners. Dr. Galindo will also work with you to help you understand how your congregation has its own unique “curriculum” and how this can provide a model for education.


In this workshop you will:

  • begin to develop a framework for educational formation in your congregation
  • acquire tools to evaluate your education and programming
  • begin a list of ideas for better programming through reflection and sharing with peers

The workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, conversation and workshop materials. Registration is limited to Indiana congregations.


How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."