31 episodes

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
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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.

    The Joys of Evaluation!

    The Joys of Evaluation!

    Kelly Minas, the Center for Congregations' Associate Director for Evaluation, joins Ben and Matt to discuss the importance of evaluation, metrics and analytics for congregational life.

    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/resources/completing-the-circle-reviewing-ministries-in-the-congregation
    https://www.betterevaluation.org/
    https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/projects-that-matter-successful-planning-and-evaluation-for-religious-organizations_kathleen-a-cahalan/964017/item/12033315/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtJeNBhCVARIsANJUJ2FRP-IUCrO59bm2jFUtRSzcvh-5fVnnC_xayO-5b2VaYdw5n4VgzfsaAtKXEALw_wcB#idiq=12033315&edition=5355798
    https://thecrg.org/resources/How_to_Shape_Your_Church_s_Culture

    • 38 min
    Forced Into The Water

    Forced Into The Water

    Mike Palmer joins Ben and Matt to unpack emerging trends in education. They explore how these trends will affect religious education and congregational life moving forward.
    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Forced_into_the_Water_Emerging_Trends_in_Religious_Educations

    • 1 hr
    Momento Mori

    Momento Mori

    Rev. Sabrina Gray joins Ben and Matt to discuss the importance of end of life planning, and talks through how leaders can initiate those conversations within their community.

    Resources
    https://thecrg.org/collections/End_of_Life_Planning_Conversations
    The Conversation Project
    Extremis Documentary
    Dem Dry Bones
    Five Wishes

    • 50 min
    Don't Be A Clergy Killer

    Don't Be A Clergy Killer

    Rev. Callie Smith and Dr. Rob Saler join Matt and Ben to discuss the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program. They unpack the importance of rest and renewal for both clergy leaders and congregations and offer some insights and resources.

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

    • 51 min
    Who Are You? Marketing and Branding for Congregations

    Who Are You? Marketing and Branding for Congregations

    Manuel Corazzari joins Matt and Ben to discuss marketing and branding for congregations including the importance of knowing your unique identity.

    Resources
    Storybrand
    Pro Church Tools
    Less Chaos. Less Noise. Effective Communication for an Effective Church

    • 55 min
    Make It Personal

    Make It Personal

    Pastor Javier Mondragon joins Ben and Matt to discuss the challenges and benefits of leading a multicultural congregation.
    Resources:
    https://thecrg.org/collections/Make_It_Personal_Leading_a_Multicultural_Congregation

    • 1 hr 3 min

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The Other Pastor Stanley ,

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.

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Amazing resource

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.”

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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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