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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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    • Religion & Spirituality
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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.

    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
    Several of the resources mentioned can be found on the CRG at this link:
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Kicked_Off_a_Cliff
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' Is Depleted - It's Why You Feel Awful" by Tara Haelle (article)
    https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c
    Church Recovery Guide by Karl Vaters (book)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802423434/

    • 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
    Where have all the young people gone?

    Where have all the young people gone?

    Matt and I sit down with Science Mike to discuss the problems and possibilities with engaging young adults. Congregations across religious and denominational lines are wrestling with this question, and Mike wants you to know there is hope.

    The resources discussed in this episode can be found by clicking here or copy/pasting the URL below.
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Where_have_all_the_young_people_gone

    Stay in touch with Mike McHargue:
    Ask Science Mike Podcast
    Mike McHargue Website
    Mike's Books
    Mike's Instagram
    Mike's Twitter
    Mike's Facebook

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Harmonizer91 ,

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!

James@War ,

Helpful, thoughtful resources

I heard of the Center for Congregations from a pastor friend, and they have been helpful to me. When I heard they had a podcast, it definitely merited my checking it out. As I expected, the podcast is yet another useful tool the CFC gives Indiana congregations. Give a listen!

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