April 27, 2017

Congregations are about people. But your physical space is also an important asset requiring thought and care. Facility management leader Tim Cool shares his convictions that caring for your congregation's facility is caring for something that God has entrusted to you.

Join us for this workshop and explore the four components of facility stewardship – dreaming, planning, building and sustaining. You’ll discover why your facilities matter and how they impact the community and guests. Cool will help you define the simple, yet impactful word “guest” - and talk about why words matter. You’ll work on developing the four master plans that every congregation must have and learn how to establish a capital reserve plan and keep it active and current.


May 03, 2017

To accomplish new things your congregation needs validation. People need to know their efforts are valued and that their work is important. Accomplishments should not be hidden, but lifted up in plain sight. As a leader, you can shape a congregational culture that consists of affirmation. Such a culture involves positive behaviors related to celebration, blessing and testimony. Your congregation as a community gains strength when its efforts are recognized. Affirmation of a community keeps the soul of your congregation ready and willing to take on the learning that is needed to accomplish new things.

In this luncheon workshop, Center President Tim Shapiro will explore evidence-based research about the power of affirmation for individuals and communities, as well as specific… more

May 17, 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