Understanding the Unique Nature of Congregational Education

IGEducational approaches for congregations are different from other educational contexts, requiring a distinct approach.

This workshop will introduce you to basic concepts of the nature of spiritual formation, then review educational approaches that can best address learning for spiritual growth. Participants will assess how well their congregations' education and spiritual formation programs make the most of various opportunities for more effective education programming.

Educator and author Israel Galindo will also help you re-examine the nature and function of "curriculum" in the congregational setting. Working from the conviction that a congregation is an authentic community of faith, and not a "school," this workshop provides a unique model for educating in the congregational setting.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Acquire a rigorous framework for interpreting and planning the work for educational formation in the congregational context.
  • Acquire tools to evaluate their education programs.
  • Gain insights and ideas for more effective education formation programming through reflection and sharing with peers.

Israel Galindo is associate dean for lifelong learning and director of online education at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Galindo is a popular seminar and workshop leader in the areas of education and instruction and in Bowen systems theory as applied to parenting, congregational life and leadership development. He has presented for a widely diverse audience, from national denominational groups to local judicatories, public and private school systems, corporations and businesses. He is professor of Christian education at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and also serves on the faculty of the Leadership in Ministry Workshops.

The workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person (or $25 per person for congregational teams of three or more registered together). This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, conversation and workshop materials. 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."