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Your congregation is important. And we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join Ben Tapper, Matt Burke and other Center for Congregations consultants as they interview thought leaders and experts to encourage, inspire and help you find the right information and resources to address your congregation's needs. Center for Congregations staff will share what they're learning through work with congregations. Speakers, authors and congregational practitioners will share their stories and best practices to help your congregation thrive.

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Your congregation is important. And we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join Ben Tapper, Matt Burke and other Center for Congregations consultants as they interview thought leaders and experts to encourage, inspire and help you find the right information and resources to address your congregation's needs. Center for Congregations staff will share what they're learning through work with congregations. Speakers, authors and congregational practitioners will share their stories and best practices to help your congregation thrive.

    Exchanging Pews for Strollers

    Exchanging Pews for Strollers

    Victoria Sun Esparza joins Ben and Matt to talk about Human Centered Design and applying it in congregations. This process is a way for you to listen well to the needs of your congregation in order to make decisions about goals, strategy and ways of serving those under your care.

    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Human-Centered_Design_Exchanging_Pews_for_Strollers
    Design Kit by IDEO
    https://www.designkit.org/
    Dev Explains: What Is Human-Centered Design?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bxtEqM2TQU
    Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley
    https://www.creativeconfidence.com/book/
    TedTalk by David Kelley: How To Build Your Creative Confidence
    https://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence?language=en#t-430968
    In the Water Designs (Victoria's company)
    https://www.inthewater.co/

    • 47 min
    Agents of Unity

    Agents of Unity

    Bishop Grant joins Ben and Matt to discuss the importance of getting back to the basics of faith. He challenges faith leaders and congregations to remember to center the people they serve as opposed to societal or theological divisions. 

    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Agents_of_Unity_Center_the_People

    • 38 min
    Whosoever

    Whosoever

    This week Ben and Tim Shapiro, president of the Center for congregations talk with Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Dr. Pollard shares with us how to lead in contentious and divided times without abandoning our convictions.

    Resources from the episode
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Whosoever_Leadership_in_Divided_Times

    Reach out to us at podcasts@centerforcongregations.org. We'd love to hear resource recommendations from you or ideas for future guests and topics.

    • 45 min
    Kicked Off a Cliff

    Kicked Off a Cliff

    Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes of the Double Love Experience joins Matt, Ben and Wendy to discuss what she's observed about rapidly changing systems in congregational life. These changes have put pressure not only on congregational systems, but also on the leaders in charge of holding communities together.

    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Kicked_Off_a_Cliff_Rapidly_Changing_Systems_in_Congregational_Life

    Reach out to us at podcasts@centerforcongregations.org. We'd love to hear resource recommendations from you or ideas for future guests and topics.

    • 59 min
    Do we have to hide our pain?

    Do we have to hide our pain?

    Hillary McBride joins Ben and Matt to talk about how congregations can be places of healing for those dealing with mental health issues. We explore Hillary's own experience with being part of a congregation and discuss what gives her hope. Kate White, Associate Director for Resources for the Center for Congregations, joins the conversation about mental health resources.

    Resources mentioned in this episode can be found here:
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Do_We_Have_to_Hide_Our_Pain

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tapping into Experience

    Tapping into Experience

    This week Ben and Matt talk with the president of the Center for Congregations, Tim Shapiro. Tim shares his experiences as a senior pastor for 18 years and from his 18 years of experience at the Center. Congregational life has changed a lot over the last three decades but the news is not all bad. We'll discuss the bright spots, creativity and possibilities of the changing landscape.

    Check out the resources mentioned on this episode here:
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Tapping_into_Experience_with_Tim_Shapiro_Changes_in_Congregations_over_the_Years
    And in case you were wondering about the hare artistry done by Albrecht Durer, the link is below. Matt said it was a woodcarving but it's actually a drawing and watercolor. We're not afraid to say we we're wrong!
    https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/hase/1QHEnzUGYMDG_w?hl=en
    Reach out to us at podcast@centerforcongregations.org

    • 52 min

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Center for Congregations Podcast

Useful info, ideas and support for congregational leaders from people who really get what it’s like!

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Refreshing, Edifying

This podcast weaves insights from vibrant faith communities, encouragement, and fresh ideas. Didn’t know I needed this healthy forum and dope transition music 👌🏽Subscribed.

McArchie ,

Excellence

As with basically everything CFC does, they have done this podcast with excellence. Matt Burke is one of the more genuine and knowledgeable people on the planet, and I have no doubt future episodes will continue to be produced and led with excellence!

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