April 04, 2019

You’re invited to two open house celebrations! 

Join us in welcoming our new Center for Congregations regional office directors - McKenzie Scott Lewis of the northwest office and Shellie Riggs Jordan of the southeast office. You'll meet Shellie at the open house in Seymour and McKenzie at the Crown Point open house.

The open houses are:

Southeast Open House
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4­–6 p.m. (Eastern time)

at the Center for Congregations southeast office
100 South Chestnut Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274

Northwest Open House
Thursday, May 2, 2019
4­–7 p.m. (Central time)

at the Center for Congregations northwest office
9801 Connecticut Drive, Suite 200
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

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April 24, 2019

You’ve heard the grim statistics about millennials and congregations. “Religious nones” or the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing in American religious demographics. Three-fourths of those who are unaffiliated are people who grew up in congregations. Some current research indicates that one million young people will leave congregational life each year for the next 30 years.

But there is good news and a new way of engaging people.

Cultural analyst John Seel argues that the survival of American congregational life is dependent on congregations listening to millennials. Seel charts a different way forward coupled with an urgent warning. American congregations’ survival is reliant on understanding the greatest frame shift in American religious history.

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 continue 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,… more