December 19, 2019

Your Congregation and Innovation


The Harvard Business Review defines innovation as “the difficult discipline of newness.” What new thing is forming in your congregation? The congregation I attended last Sunday is starting a Friday night dinner, which will end with communion. In explaining the gathering, the pastor said “We don’t have to wait for Sunday to break bread together.”…

November 21, 2019

4 Questions Before Redesigning Your Website


Websites are the “front door” for congregations, and having a web presence is no longer optional. Visitors often search for a new church home online. Savvy congregations even use their websites to gather information from people. Investing the right resources in a website can help your congregation attract new visitors and better interact with members.…

August 26, 2019

Key Practices of Thriving Congregations


How would you describe a thriving congregation? Perhaps a thriving congregation has young people attending worship. Another thriving congregation might manage conflict well. At the Center for Congregations in Indiana, we interact with all kinds of flourishing congregations. Here’s what we’re learning from faith communities that thrive.   Healthy Strategies Focus on congregational assets rather…

July 1, 2019

Faith Life: A Millennial Perspective


Most people can carry a casual conversation with a young adult. If that seems like a challenge in your congregation, check out the first part of this blog Relationships: A Millennial Perspective. How about discussing values and faith beliefs with that younger generation? It’s accurate to say “times have changed.” In many parts of the…

May 13, 2019

Making Youth Ministry Matter


The purpose of youth ministry is to foster the personal development of faith, theology and relationships for young people ages 6th-12th grades. This usually happens through a variety of lessons, games, resources and relationships. But how do you know if your youth group is hitting the mark? The Center for Congregations has worked with more…

April 11, 2019

The Formative Power of Your Congregation


Many elements make you the person you are. You are shaped by your race, your geographic location, and your genetic structure. Your personality is formed by your family, your friends, and the choices you make along the way. You are influenced by education, social affiliations and friendships. All of us are formed by the company…

January 14, 2019

American Latinos Congregating Apart from Catholicism: A Conversation with Gerardo Martí


Center for Congregations CRG Director Aaron Spiegel spoke with Gerardo Martí about his recent CRG guest blog post. Gerardo is a professor, researcher and author of Latino Protestants in America. Below are highlights of their conversation. Aaron: What are the primary motivators for American Latinos moving from Catholicism to Protestantism? Gerardo: Roman Catholic observers have…

December 19, 2018

Latino Protestants: The Centrality of Church


Latino Protestants are experiencing remarkable growth, according to Pew Research Center. Pew reports that by 2030, half of all Latinos in America will be Protestant. While some gather in Latino megachurches – especially in the southwest – containing thousands of members, the great majority attend smaller congregations, often characterized by part-time pastors, relational intimacy formed…

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