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

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 09, 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