Workshops

March 23, 2017

Ministry has always been about meeting people where they are – in the streets, neighborhoods, homes and schools. Social media and other forms of digital interaction have added another dimension to that world and work.

Although this raises practical questions about the use of different platforms, it also provides an important opportunity for continued theological reflection. Our use of new media, like our presence and activity in any part of our lives and ministry, is not theologically neutral. Like all dimensions of a ministry’s work, it deserves theological consideration as well.

But what does it mean to reflect theologically about new media? Why does it matter? Where to begin? How can I learn more about this?

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

Staffers… more


March 23, 2017

You’re invited to explore a more expansive way of being a congregation beyond the walls of the congregation.

Pastor and author Keith Anderson facilitates this workshop to lead you through a look at our changing religious and cultural landscape, particularly in regards to rising religious un-affiliation among young adults and advances in digital social media.

Discussion will center on the “cathedral” as a metaphor for this expanded view of being church beyond the church building. You will be invited to think about your own neighborhoods and communities and consider ministry experiments in local gathering “third places” like pubs, coffee shops, farmer’s markets and college campuses. Anderson will also help you to focus on ways of being present and ministering across… more


March 29, 2017

This practical and upbeat lunch workshop offers easy-to-follow steps for conducting a "DIY" communications and guest experience assessment within a congregation of any size.

Learning and development strategist Jamie Shafer presents resources that will allow congregational leaders to step into the shoes of a first-time guest visiting the congregation in order to gain perspective on what's working well and where there is potential for improvement. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the congregation's current communications tools (both print and online) to both celebrate the congregation's best attributes and plan for further growth and development.

In this workshop, Shafer and participants will explore:

Why communications assessment is important. How… more

April 05, 2017

There are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. While similarities are important, mastering the unique nature of working with and within a small membership faith community can be the key to vibrant congregational life.

Utilizing his 30 plus years of ministry experience, workshop facilitator Karl Vaters describes the importance of small membership congregations. Small does not mean somehow “lesser” than other churches. Vaters highlights principles about leading in smaller congregations that will enable you to leverage your own unique context. You will also explore the strengths of your own specific congregation.

In this workshop, you will:

be affirmed in the value of your congregation and your ministry – no matter… more

April 06, 2017

There are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. While similarities are important, mastering the unique nature of working with and within a small membership faith community can be the key to vibrant congregational life.

Utilizing his 30 plus years of ministry experience, workshop facilitator Karl Vaters describes the importance of small membership congregations. Small does not mean somehow “lesser” than other churches. Vaters highlights principles about leading in smaller congregations that will enable you to leverage your own unique context. You will also explore the strengths of your own specific congregation.

In this workshop, you will:

be affirmed in the value of your congregation and your ministry – no matter… more

April 26, 2017

What does it take to transform an idea into a viral movement to engage Millennials? Author and researcher Derrick Feldmann has spent the past two years talking with the people behind the biggest social movements of our time. He'll share their stories and some of their secrets and talk about what your congregation can do to make your message take off with Millennials. 

Effective movements don't arise by accident. People don't spontaneously come together and effect real change or show interest. If you want your ideas to succeed, you need a solid strategy and the tools to follow through.

Why are movements important?
In today’s hyper-connected environment, Millennials are drawn to the fields of cause and social concerns. From Feldmann’s research, your… more


April 26, 2017

Congregations are about people. But your physical space is also an important asset requiring thought and care. Facility management leader Tim Cool shares his convictions that caring for your congregation's facility is caring for something that God has entrusted to you.

Join us for this workshop and explore the four components of facility stewardship – dreaming, planning, building and sustaining. You’ll discover why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests. Cool will help you define the simple, yet impactful word “guest” - and talk about why words matter. You’ll work on developing the four master plans that every congregation must have and learn how to establish a capital reserve plan and keep it active and current.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE… more


April 27, 2017

Healthy youth ministry programs can make well-integrated robust contributions to congregational life and have transformational impact on members and communities. This research-informed, interactive workshop will focus on four ways to help you empower your youth ministries for catalytic faithfulness and life-changing outcomes.

Become discriminating
You will become acquainted with youth ministry models in the marketplace and get the chance to value-test each one against the vision and direction of your church.

Challenge existing leaders
Honest self-reflection will be the backdrop for learning how to leverage existing leadership strengths for excellent youth ministry.

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FORT WAYNE WORKSHOP.

Refresh your church culture… more


April 27, 2017

Congregations are about people. But your physical space is also an important asset requiring thought and care. Facility management leader Tim Cool shares his convictions that caring for your congregation's facility is caring for something that God has entrusted to you.

Join us for this workshop and explore the four components of facility stewardship – dreaming, planning, building and sustaining. You’ll discover why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests. Cool will help you define the simple, yet impactful word “guest” - and talk about why words matter. You’ll work on developing the four master plans that every congregation must have and learn how to establish a capital reserve plan and keep it active and current.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE… more


May 03, 2017

To accomplish new things your congregation needs validation. People need to know their efforts are valued and that their work is important. Accomplishments should not be hidden, but lifted up in plain sight. As a leader, you can shape a congregational culture that consists of affirmation. Such a culture involves positive behaviors related to celebration, blessing and testimony. Your congregation as a community gains strength when its efforts are recognized. Affirmation of a community keeps the soul of your congregation ready and willing to take on the learning that is needed to accomplish new things.

In this luncheon workshop, Center President Tim Shapiro will explore evidence-based research about the power of affirmation for individuals and communities, as well as specific… more