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.
More Than a Classroom: Reimagining Faith Formation and Discipleship
At the heart of every congregation is the desire to pass on the beliefs and practices of its tradition. This can be called lots of things: catechism, faith formation, discipleship, etc. In this interview, John Roberto discusses how this passing on of faith can be distilled into seven parts that, when addressed in your congregation's context, can help form the faith of everyone.
Furthering the conversation, podcast hosts Matt Burke and Ben Tapper share examples of what faith formation and discipleship have looked like for congregations who have partnered with the Center.
A Look Back and A Look Ahead
In this short episode, Ben and Matt recap the guests and topics thus far and preview the rest of season 4. We'll be back in action with you all on August 10, 2022!
Stories > Stances
This episode provides the narratives of three members of the LGBTQ+ community focused on their lives in congregations. These stories highlight the highs and lows of their experiences in faith communities. We offer these narratives in the hope that it will provide wisdom and guidance to your congregation as you navigate this complex issue.
Beyond Feisty and Divisive: Caring for LGBTQ Youth
In congregations many have questions and concerns about LGBTQ+ issues. Regardless of your theological stance, it's important to know how to care for youth that may identify as LGBTQ+ and their families as they navigate this complex situation. Mark Oestreicher, youth worker and co-found of The Youth Cartel, shares his wisdom and personal experience on this topic.
Us versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion and the LGBT Community (Book)
4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us (Book)
A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community (Book)
Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians (Book)
Open and Affirming Coalition (organization)
Mark Oestreicher's Socials:
Possibility-Lessons from Jazz
Dr. Kirk Byron Jones joins Matt and Ben to discuss what we can learn from jazz about beauty, creativity and liberation.
What's Right with Congregations
Former Center for Congregations staff members Nancy DeMott and Doug Hanner join Matt to share stories about their work at the Center. These stories highlight what congregations can accomplish and why they are important.
Find more congregational stories here: https://centerforcongregations.org/blogs/congregational-stories
Very helpful resource
The Center for Congregations’ podcast is just one more tool they use to help congregations to explore what God wants them to become. I’m a fan!
A Truly Useful Congregational Resource
This podcast is an incredible resource for all church leaders, whether clergy or laity. By this point (Oct. 31, 2021), they have an episode on almost any topic that your church might be interested in. And the advice in the podcast isn’t just useful for those large churches with unlimited money, time, and volunteers. They understand the situation of most small to middle sized churches with very limited resources, and the advice is designed to help you find ideas to help you serve God through your ministry better. And the hosts do a good job of keeping the podcast light and enjoyable.
Center for Congregations is an Indiana-based organization that provides live workshops in the faith-based setting. Check it this podcast for plenty of information to help churches advance their mission. I especially recommend “Tech: It’s not as Complicated as You Thought.”