Congregational Resource Guide
April 7, 2020

4 Steps to Free Community Data


In the last few years there’s been a surge of congregations interested in their communities. Nearly 10% of all Center for Congregations calls include some type of community involvement. For many congregations, the first step is to gather data about the area. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) provides the ARDA Community Profile Builder,…

Congregational Resource Guide
March 26, 2020

Creating a Good Virtual Worship Experience


I’ve “attended” several synagogue and church worship services over the last weeks and must report my disappointment. That’s a nice way of saying that most really stink. Live streaming a regular worship service just doesn’t work. Remember that as soon as you put something on a screen, the viewer compares it to everything else they…

Congregational Resource Guide
March 19, 2020

Congregational Resources during COVID-19


During the rapidly evolving pandemic, please know that your congregation is not alone. We offer this short list of resources that you might continue your work faithfully and safely. Looking for different resources? Get information that meets your needs by connecting with us at info@thecrg.org or click Chat with an Expert at the bottom of…

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Congregational Resource Guide
March 3, 2020

Talking About Racism


Many congregations are looking for resources to help them talk about racism. White congregations want to prepare for dialogue with their multi-cultural neighbors. They want to learn more about the historical roots of racism and how it has become ingrained through social and economic structures. Among the many fine books available, there is one curriculum…

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…

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