Workshops

March 15, 2018

Conflict and miscommunication can arise even in the most well-intentioned teams. You have probably experienced those moments where members and leaders of your congregation seem to be talking past one another.

Counter to intuition, self-discovery may provide an answer. Understanding yourself and helping your congregational members understand themselves can go a long way toward developing empathy, compassion and health. This, in turn, can lead to a higher functioning congregation.

We invite you to join author, speaker and counselor Ian Cron as he provides a foundational understanding of the Enneagram: an ancient tool of self-discovery. Cron maintains that this ancient personality typing system can lead to deep discovery of negative behavior patterns and can help you find… more

This on-demand series focuses on learning gleaned from Indiana congregations by the Center for Congregations in 2015-2016. Tim Shapiro, president of the Center for Congregations, shares the six principles distilled from the Center's experiences with Indiana congregational youth ministries.

Course Elements

 8 topical videos from 3 - 5 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Resource Guide for further study on youth ministry

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this email to return to the course or bookmark the link

Technology Requirements

 Best accessed on a laptop or desktop computer

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March 22, 2018

Strategic planning is challenging but it doesn’t have to be complicated. When done well, strategic planning can provide an opportunity to hear numerous voices in your congregation and use that input to determine your future path.

In this fast-paced, upbeat workshop, you will learn about an innovative strategic planning process that congregations of all sizes can successfully complete and implement. This live online workshop is a hands-on experience, which prepares you to take what you’ve learned back to your congregation to begin the process of planning.

Led by June Miller, a nonprofit consultant with years of experience, this workshop provides fresh ideas and a better understanding of what it means to think and plan strategically. Miller explores the tools of strategic… more

This on-demand course explores Engaging Young Adults, a special report of the 2015 American Congregations study of Faith Communities Today (FACT).

Wendy McCormick of the Center for Congregations interviews the report’s author, Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, about the research and what congregations can learn and apply from the findings.

Course Elements

 6 topical videos from 5 - 8 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Recommendations for additional information

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this email to return to the course or bookmark the link

Technology Requirements

 Best… more
April 11, 2018

While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.

Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

have a working knowledge of the… more

This on-demand course focuses on the 2015-2016 Center for Congregations investigation of Indiana congregations engaging young adults. Center staff member Wendy McCormick coordinated the project, which included interviews with leaders of young adult ministries around the state and a gathering of leaders from about 20 congregations effectively engaging young adults.

Course Elements

 6 topical videos from 3 - 6 minutes each  Group reflection worksheet  Center for Congregations article on young adult engagement

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS ON-DEMAND COURSE.

Take the Course

 Estimated total time required: 1 hour  Course is free  Create an account with your email only (no password required)  Take at your own pace; stop and return when it's convenient  Keep this… more
May 09, 2018

You want to make a difference in the lives of your youth but, like many, may be struggling with the rapid pace of change in our world. Fortunately, there are great resources and research from places dedicated to youth ministry like Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Ministry Center and Fuller Youth Institute.

Join pastor and congregational consultant Terrance Bridges as he presents some of the latest information on youth development from Fuller and Princeton, along with themes that have developed through the Center for Congregations' work in Indiana. Terrance will lead the discussion about factors that lead to thriving youth initiatives in congregations, help you glean current best practices from one another and bring insights into new skills that will empower your youth… more