August 29, 2019

Clergy and lay leaders have remarkably high rates of burnout and turnover. Congregations are meant to be sanctuaries for renewal and growth, but can exact a heavy toll on those responsible for leading them. Join author and podcaster Mike McHargue for a look at the latest findings in neuroscience and cognitive psychology about how to lead others without exhausting your own emotional resources.

In the workshop, you’ll learn:

the essential role our feelings play in rational decision making, how to access the wisdom in our “feeling brain” and “gut,” how to deescalate conflict without shutting down conversations, and how to read the body language of others to foster connection.


Also known as “Science Mike,” Mike McHargue is a… more

September 05, 2019

Cultural changes have made it increasingly difficult to develop the faith of younger generations. Recent research by the Barna Group gives good reason to be hopeful. This workshop explores the practices that can aid your congregation in forming the faith of children, youth and young adults. Author and youth leader Mark Matlock will present ways your congregation can take steps to pass along Christianity to the next generation. 

In this workshop, Matlock explains the concept of resilient discipleship and explores new research-based insights from Christian research company Barna Group.

Topic covered include: 

The cultural challenges to familiar disciple-making pratices. What factors contribute to the faith of young Christians and ex-Christians . Research-based… more
November 07, 2019

Discover the power of positive change at this Center for Congregations conference. The Art of the Flourishing Congregation: Practices that Promote Positive Change builds on the concepts of the Center’s signature Flourishing Congregations event, giving you the knowledge and tools to dream, discover and do.

If you have attended a past Flourishing gathering, you will gain new information and strategies for utilizing positive change. If you are new to Flourishing, this event is a great opportunity to explore the benefits of positive change and how it can make a difference in your congregation – attendance at a previous event is not a pre-requisite.

The Art of Flourishing
The Art of the Flourishing Congregation is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, November 7,… more