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?


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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 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.


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. 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 video, you will gather details about the EYA learning communities and the application… 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