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 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.


Refresh your church culture… 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. 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 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… more