Category Archives: Workshop

Workshop: Creative Strategies for Inclusive Digital Worship

Stone Belt Arc Presents:
Creative Strategies for
Inclusive Digital Worship

Time: Apr 22, 2021 02:00 PM (ET)

As pastor of a church where people with and without intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities lead and participate together, Rev. Dr. Bethany McKinney Fox has had the opportunity to lead an ability-inclusive community every week over Zoom during the past year of the pandemic. This has given her lots of opportunities to experiment and discover some interesting ways to engage folks across the spectrum of abilities and disabilities. In this presentation she will guide participants through a selection of rituals, practices, and ways of engaging with God and one another during virtual worship. People of all faith traditions are welcome!

Click here for more information and to register.

Center for Congregations: Faith Formation for Gen Z

Cultural changes have made it increasingly difficult to develop the faith of younger generations. Recent research by the Barna Group gives good reason to be hopeful. This workshop explores the practices that can aid your congregation in forming the faith of children, youth and young adults. Author and youth leader Mark Matlock will present ways your congregation can take steps to pass along Christianity to the next generation.

In this workshop, Matlock explains the concept of resilient discipleship and explores new research-based insights from Christian research company Barna Group.

This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, September 5, 2019 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of the book Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon.

For more information, and to register for this workshop, visit the Center for Congregations webpage for this event.

Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.

3 B Program Training on October 4-5, 2019

This is a two-day training, focused on setting up a 3 B Program for churches.

Updated 8/26/2019The Deadline to register for this event is 9/14/2019.

Sponsored by Smock Senior Ministries, the 3 B program’s vision is to enhance the lives of senior adults through education and physical movements focused on enriching their Body, Brain, and spiritual Beliefs as they embrace the full life God intends for each–individually and in healthy congregations.


  • October 4, 10:00am-7:00pm
  • October 5th, 9:00am-3:30pm

Where: The Mitchell Presbyterian Church (Hwy 60 East, Mitchell, IN)

Smock Ministries will pay for Friday overnight lodging, meals and the program materials. You do not need to be a senior to attend this training!

At the conclusion of the training, instructors will have complete lesson plans and all needed resources for 12 weeks of class on a flash drive, a DVD with 150+ exercises, a supply source list of needed equipment, and ideas for implementing the 3B programs in their congregation.

The program consists of:

  • 12 weeks of class meeting for an hour, 3 times/week
  • Focusing on building flexibility, strength, and balance
  • Challenges to increase memory and problem solving skills as new brain cells grow
  • Time to recall beloved scripture with devotionals and “scripture in motion”
  • Much laughter
  • A great outreach to the local church and community

To register, download and print this form, then mail it to the address below.

Lodging arrangements may be made at Spring Mill State Park Inn (812-849-4508)  or at the Bedford hotels: Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn or Super 8.

For more information, contact:

Smock Senior Ministries
Rev. William Haworth
300 W. Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-426-7421, ext. 131

3 B program for seniors created by Angie Briner, M.S.Ed. and Rev. Sue Babovec

Core Godly Play Training: BLOOMINGTON IN 08-2018

First Presbyterian Church Bloomington is honored to be hosting Godly Play Core training August 24, 25, 26. If your congregation is using or interested in this curriculum, click on this link for the training schedule and registration. Download the flyer

From the Curriculum website:
What is Godly Play?

The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.

Reconnecting with Millennials – A CFC workshop

When — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Central Time) Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Where — Blue Grass United Methodist Church, Evansville

While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.

Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.

The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. Workshop registration is limited to Indiana congregations

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • have a working knowledge of the science behind the anti-institutional sentiment of Millennials.
  • know some of the differences in value systems and motivations between Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.
  • have a working knowledge of the sociological research behind the advantages of congregation attendance.
  • begin to develop practical strategies to invite Millennials into congregational fellowship.

Click on the following link for more information and to register for the Evansville workshop.

Workshop: Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

Event: Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
Sponsor: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: October 21, 2017

This one-day workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. Topics include:

  • Viewing conflict as an opportunity for growth.
  • Studying the Biblical basis for conflict transformation.
  • Understanding your own style of responding to conflict.
  • Practicing communication skills necessary to transform conflict peacefully.
  • Developing strategies for preventing destructive conflict in the church family.
  • Learning a model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner.

Visit the website to find more information, download the brochure, or register online.

Community and Digital Ministry in the 21st Century

The following information is for a Center for Congregations Workshop

You’re invited to explore a more expansive way of being a congregation beyond the walls of the congregation.

Pastor and author Keith Anderson facilitates this workshop to lead you through a look at our changing religious and cultural landscape, particularly in regards to rising religious un-affiliation among young adults and advances in digital social media.

Discussion will center on the “cathedral” as a metaphor for this expanded view of being church beyond the church building. You will be invited to think about your own neighborhoods and communities and consider ministry experiments in local gathering “third places” like pubs, coffee shops, farmer’s markets and college campuses. Anderson will also help you to focus on ways of being present and ministering across digital gathering spaces on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Evansville and Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Anderson’s book The Digital Cathedral. Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.

How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, “Getting the Most from an Education Event.”



Keith Anderson is a Lutheran pastor in Philadelphia, the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World and the co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible. He is a consultant to congregational leaders around face-to-face ministry and ministry in digital spaces. A popular blogger on religion, new media and popular culture, Anderson’s work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1 and The New Media Project.

This workshop is part of the education effort for the Center for Congregations program Engaging Young Adults Initiative. Click here to learn more about this unique initiative and how your congregation can participate.