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Your congregation is important. And we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join current and former Center for Congregations consultants Dr. Terrance Bridges, JC Campbell, Abby Miller, Shellie Riggs Jordan, McKenzie Scott Lewis, Ben Tapper, Matt Burke 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.
The views expressed by podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by CfC employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of the CfC. If you have any questions about this disclaimer, please contact us at 866.307.2381 or info@centerforcongregations.org.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Your congregation is important. And we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join current and former Center for Congregations consultants Dr. Terrance Bridges, JC Campbell, Abby Miller, Shellie Riggs Jordan, McKenzie Scott Lewis, Ben Tapper, Matt Burke 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.
The views expressed by podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by CfC employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of the CfC. If you have any questions about this disclaimer, please contact us at 866.307.2381 or info@centerforcongregations.org.

    Congregations Are Doing Good and Doing Well

    Congregations Are Doing Good and Doing Well

    Join Center for Congregations staff Dr. JC Campbell, Dr. Terrance Bridges, Rev. Shellie Riggs Jordan and Matt Burke as they discuss their work with congregations and what we can all learn from what's happening around the state of Indiana. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Bridges both share about recent situations with congregations from which we can take hope, learning and resources.
    Resources
    The Congregational Resource Guide (The CRG; web resource)
    Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz (book)
    How to Plant a Church: A Guide to Successful Startups (article)
    Building God's Way (BGW; organization)

    • 42 min
    Faith and The Arts Belong Together

    Faith and The Arts Belong Together

    Rev. Lisa Cole Smith, Founding Pastor and Artistic Director of Convergence Church in Alexandria, Virginia, joins JC and Matt to talk about how her congregation weaves aesthetics and the arts into the life of their congregation and community. Rev. Smith discusses the origins of their congregation, the trajectory of their ministry, and how congregations can be more intentional about their aesthetics, facilities and creativity.
    Resources
    Visual Arts and Worship (web resource)
    For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (book)
    Convergence (organization)
    Be, Make, Do (podcast)

    • 45 min
    What We Can All Learn from Thriving Rural Congregations

    What We Can All Learn from Thriving Rural Congregations

    Rev. Brad Thie, Director of Duke Divinity School's Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, joins Abby and Matt to talk about his work with congregations in rural North Carolina. Rev. Thie discusses what defines a thriving congregation and how congregations can be tightly tied to their communities.
    Resources
    Thriving Rural Communities Initiative (organization)
    Rural Congregations: A Story of Pain and Promise (resource collection)
    Rural Congregations: A Story of Pain and Promise (podcast episode)
    Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations (book)
    Transforming Church in Rural America (book)
    Rural Mental Health Resources (resource collection)

    • 47 min
    The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Your Congregation

    The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Your Congregation

    Whether we're prepared or not, Artificial Intelligence is now a part of our every day lives and our future. Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions joins Shellie Riggs Jordan and Matt Burke to discuss how AI can aid congregations and the ways in which not to engage with it.
    Resources
    Midnight Oil Productions
    Human-Centered AI (article)
    The Ultimate Guide to AI, Pastors, and the Church (article)
    AI Generated Images
    Native American Potter
    Ravens
    Dry Valley
    Valley
    Renewed Valley
    Valley with Ravens

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Kids These Days

    Kids These Days

    Lenmarie Pascall, Director of Coaching at Urban Youth Workers Institute, joins Shellie Riggs Jordan and Matt Burke of the Center for Congregations for an insightful discussion on youth ministry. Lenmarie asserts that urban culture is increasingly shaping the broader youth culture landscape, emphasizing the importance for parents and leaders to grasp how to support youth in flourishing within these environments.
    Resources
    Urban Youth Workers Institute (organization)
    The Youth Cartel (organization) - Mark Oestreicher
    The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (organization)

    • 41 min
    Congregations in a Time of Transition

    Congregations in a Time of Transition

    "Every congregation is unique" — it’s not a cliché, it is true. Rev. Tim Lake, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, and Rev. Raymond Dix Jr., pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, sit down with Matt Burke from the Center for Congregations to share the unique makeup of their congregations, the changes and challenges they have experienced, and why it is important to embrace and understand your congregation's unique attributes.
    Check out the Congregational Resource Guide for resources that provide help and guidance for your congregation within this topic.
    https://thecrg.org/

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Greg Pimlott ,

Great podcast!

The Center for Congregations podcast has become one of my go-to podcasts recently. I appreciate the wide range of topics and the expertise of the guests. The hosts are engaging and informed, too. Take a listen to this podcast — you’ll be glad you did!

Archer56 ,

Really hits home

I just listened to the episode “Focusing on health, not size.” It really hit home. As pastor of a small church, I recognized myself in much of what was said. I’m sending it on to several pastors I know, as well as to our board. Thank you!

Ideation53 ,

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!

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