Workshops

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


May 04, 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


May 04, 2017

The learning community phase of the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) initiative opens in May for Indiana congregations beyond the Indianapolis metro area, outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand… more


May 04, 2017

The learning community phase of the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) initiative opens in May for Indiana congregations beyond the Indianapolis metro area, outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand… more


May 04, 2017

Do you have an idea for a new ministry in your community? Are you exploring how to get started moving your idea into reality? This live online workshop series can help you and your congregation develop a plan to bring that ministry to life and then prepare to launch.

Led by author, speaker and consultant Joy Skjegstad, this workshop series offers two parts: Developing Your Community Ministry Plan on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and Launching Your Community Ministry Plan on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The cost is $10 and includes both workshops. You can register here and choose to attend one or both of the sessions.

Session 1: Developing Your Community Ministry Plan on May 4
Do you have a ministry idea that has grown out of community assets, issues and needs, as well as… more


May 05, 2017

The learning community phase of the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) initiative opens in May for Indiana congregations beyond the Indianapolis metro area, outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand… more


May 09, 2017

The learning community phase of the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) initiative opens in May for Indiana congregations beyond the Indianapolis metro area, outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand… more


May 10, 2017

Imagine building and thriving within a community of people whose gifts, talents, and skills are valued; a community which is able to manage and lead through conflict and collectively takes risks to accomplish the mission and realize the vision of the congregation.

Team work is important. We’ve all heard the chant – T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More). While that is a true statement, ministry leaders are often tasked to their individual areas of responsibilities, left to operate in disconnected silos. Over time, these silos begin fostering miscommunication and causing the misalignment of the mission and vision.

Leadership development advisor Aleze Fulbright provides you with a practical framework and actionable tools to help you evaluate the effectiveness of your… more


May 11, 2017

You can use the current information about youth ministry trends to make a positive impact in your local congregation and surrounding community. This luncheon workshop explores current challenges and trends around youth and adolescents in the congregational setting.

Led by Center staffer Terrance Bridges, the workshop begins with the exploration of the latest information on youth development, including materials from Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Ministry Center, the Fuller Theological Youth Institute and themes that have developed from the Center for Congregations' work in Indiana. From there, you’ll enter into discussion about the factors that lead to thriving youth initiatives in congregations. You will also glean current practices from colleagues through group… more


May 17, 2017

The learning community phase of the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) initiative opens in May for Indiana congregations beyond the Indianapolis metro area, outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand… more