Center for Congregations Podcast

Center for Congregations Podcast

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.

Episodes

May 11, 2022 54 min

Former Center for Congregations staff members Nancy DeMott and Doug Hanner join Matt to share stories about their work at the Center. These stories highlight what congregations can accomplish and why they are important.

Find more congregational stories here: https://centerforcongregations.org/blogs/congregational-stories

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Rev. Dr. Rosario Picardo joins Ben and Matt to discuss digital ministry in congregational life. Roz is the co-author of Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age. In this interview Roz shares his thoughts as a pastor on the place of digital ministry in congregational life.

Resources

roz@wearemosaic.org

https://www.rosariopicardo.com

https://www.amazon.com/Both-Maximizing-Experiences-Person-Engagement/dp/1953495230

https://thechurch.digital...

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Ben and Matt talk with Rev. Sue Park-Hur about the challenges facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. They discuss the model-minority myth, the rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community and reflect on the 30th anniversary of the LA Uprising. 

Resources

https://stopaapihate.org

https://thecrg.org/resources/Asian_American_Christian_Collaborative

https://thecrg.org/resources/Honoring_the_Generations_Learning_...

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Matt and Ben talk with Chaplain Jon Swanson about what it means to explore they ways we manage loss and disappointment.


Resources

CRG-Strategic Leadership for Change

This Is Hard

Social Media Chaplain

Prayer in the Night

Liturgy of the Ordinary

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Ben and Abby explore Ben's visit to the Equal Justice Initiative Museum and Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.


Resources:

https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/

https://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/faith-and-justice/


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March 2, 2022 66 min

Matt and Shellie explore the changing nature of congregational life with Pastor Rob Dyer of Ministry Architects. Rob encourages congregations to explore the question behind the question.

Rob Dyer: @pastorrobdyer

Ministry Architects: @minarchitects

Resources

https://ministryarchitects.com/theyre-not-coming-back/

https://ministryarchitects.com/the-room-where-it-happens/

https://thecrg.org/resources/The_Challenges_and_Opportunities_...

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Abby and Ben reflect on several podcast interviews with Kate Bowler and explore what it means to face the gravity of life with grace and joy.


Resources

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved

Everything Happens for a Reason Podcast

Being Human w Kate Bowler and Emily P. Freeman

Walking Our People Through Hard Things w Glennon Doyle

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February 16, 2022 58 min

Racial division is a current topic in many arenas of life. However, Rev. Wallace Butts asks the question "Is race the real issue here?" Matt and Ben talk with Rev. Wallace Butts about the Listen, Learn and Live (L3) initiative in which he lays out a way for people in our society to live more peaceably together.


Resources

https://thecrg.org/collections/Is_Race_The_Real_Problem

Pastor Wallace Butts' email address for L3: con...

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Abby and Ben discuss The Paths Between Us and talk through the reasons they find the Enneagram both useful and fascinating.


Resources:

https://www.amazon.com/Path-Between-Us-Enneagram-Relationships/dp/0830846425


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Dee Dee (Deidre) Gray and Adrian Warren join Ben and Matt to talk about how congregations can improve their digital presence.


Resources

https://blog.capterra.com/church-seo-best-practices-to-get-your-church-found-in-search/

https://www.webfx.com/industries/local-consumer-services/churches/seo/

https://missionalmarketing.com/basic-guide-to-church-seo/

Adrian Warren's website: http://www.mrawarren.com/

Dee Dee Gray's Organization:...

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In this fun bonus episode of the Center for Congregations Podcast, Ben and Abby discuss the podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and explore what we can learn from it.

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January 19, 2022 57 min

Kara Powell from Fuller Youth Institute joins Ben and Matt to discuss the new book 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager.

Resources

https://thecrg.org/resources/The_Essential_Power_of_Belonging

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

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December 29, 2021 38 min

Riffing off of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Ben and Matt and Tim Shapiro, reflect on trends in the life of congregational ministry.

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December 15, 2021 48 min

Joe Johns and So Min Oo join Ben and Matt to discuss the relationship their congregations have built while celebrating their differences.


Resources

https://thecrg.org/collections/Gloriously_Out_of_Place


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December 1, 2021 38 min

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_...

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November 17, 2021 60 min

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

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November 3, 2021 50 min

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

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October 20, 2021 51 min

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

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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

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