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.

Religion & Spirituality
S5 E2: What Do YOU Mean by Community Ministry?
Aimee Laramore joins the Center for Congregations podcast to talk about community ministry.
44 min
S5 E1: Conversations about Race are Hard
In this crossover episode, Ben and Matt have a candid conversation with the Shades of Hope podcast hosts Pastor Jeff Krajewski and Rev. Dr. Clarence Moore.
52 min
S4 E23: Ghosts of Congregations Past, Present a...
Center staff discuss what issues arose for congregations in 2022 and discuss what the future may hold.
38 min
S4 E22: Building Relationships: What We Can Lea...
Ben and Matt talk with Pastor Emmanuel Musinga about the experiences of Congolese Christians.
53 min
S4 E21: The Next Faithful Step: Discernment in ...
54 min
S4 E20: Cultivating the Edges: Belonging and Ra...
Listening to Those on the Margins
48 min
S4 E19: Keeping it Beta: Innovation and Congreg...
Rev. Dr. Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes discusses how to maintain innovation in your congregation.
52 min
S4 E18: Clergy Are People Too: No, Really.
Marty Sawyers and John Opalewski talk with Matt and Ben about the pressures of clergy leadership.
42 min
S4 E17: Be the Bridge: Spanning Cultural Gaps
55 min
S4 E16: Invisible People: Multiculturalism in Y...
50 min
S4 E15: Suffering in Silence: Addressing Mental...
Apostle Ken Hilliard talks about the importance of addressing mental health in your congregation.
50 min
S4 E14: Are You Seeing What I'm Seeing?
Wilisha Scaife sits down with Ben and Matt to discuss how we can listen to, learn from and love others well.
54 min
S4 E13: More Than a Classroom: Reimagining Fait...
John Roberto joins Ben and Matt to discuss how communities can develop better ways of shaping faith in your congregation.
53 min
S4 Mid-Season Break: A Look Back and A Look Ahead
Recapping Season 4 so far and pre-viewing what's to come.
11 min
S4 E12: Stories > Stances
Ben and Matt talk with three different members of the LGBTQ+ community.
71 min
S4 E11: Beyond Feisty and Divisive: Caring for ...
Mark Oestreicher joins Ben and Matt to talk about how to care for LGBTQ youth and their families.
56 min
S4 E10: Possibility-Lessons from Jazz
What Jazz has to teach us about beauty, creativity and liberation with Dr. Kirk Byron Jones.
51 min
S4 E9: What's Right with Congregations
Former Center for Congregations Staff share their experiences working with congregations in Indiana.
54 min
S4 E8: When Digital Ministry Is Not Plug-And-Play
Rev. Dr. Rosario Picardo talk digital ministry.
50 min
S4 E7: Remembering Our History In Order To Heal
Stories from the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Community
75 min
S4 E6: Navigating Grief and Lamentation
47 min
S4 E5: Moving Forward - Anti-racism in Congrega...
54 min
S4 B4: Equal Justice Initiative Museum and Memo...
What Does Faith Have to Do With Justice?
15 min
S4 E4: Pandemic and Purpose
Answering why we're here and what keeps us here
66 min
S4 B3: The Review-Facing Death: Learning from K...
Everything Happens for a Reason
17 min
S4 E3: Is Race The Real Problem?
Listen, Learn and Live
58 min
S4 B2: The Review - Can I Get Your Number? Unpa...
A Review of The Paths Between Us
16 min
S4 E2: Providing Touch in a Touchless Time
Deidre Gray and Adrian Warren discuss digital media in congregational life.
58 min
S4 B1: The Review - Learning from Mars Hill
What went wrong at Mars Hill?
22 min
S4 E1: 3 Big Questions
57 min
S3 E11: Ghosts
Exploring the ghosts of congregations past, present and future.
38 min
S3 E10: Gloriously Out Of Place
A Conversation about cross-cultural, interfaith relationship
48 min
S3 E9: The Joys of Evaluation!
The importance of metrics, analytics and evaluation with Kelly Minas.
38 min
S3 E8: Forced Into The Water
Post-Pandemic Adaptions in Religous Education
60 min
S3 E7: Memento Mori
Remember You Must Die
49 min
S3 E6: Don't Be A Clergy Killer
The Importance of Sabbatical
50 min
S3 E5: Who Are You? Marketing and Branding for ...
Knowing Your Identity In Marketing and Branding
55 min
S3 E4: Make It Personal
Multicultural Congregations
63 min
S3 E3: Worship as the Work of the People
Worship beyond singing
59 min
S3 E2: Never-ending worship: Where preparation ...
Unpacking worship as both experience and lifestyle
65 min
S3 E1: Stay Ready: Preparing to Prepare
A conversation with Aimee Laramore and Louise Jackson
63 min
S2 B2: Tips on Working with Tech Volunteers
John Stange provides tips on tech volunteers in your congregation.
24 min
S2 E12: The Value of the Enneagram in Congregat...
How to use the enneagram well with Leanette Pokuwaah
55 min
S2 E11: The Marriage of Mental Health and Ministry
Exploring how therapy and congregational leadership go well together with Dr. Christina Jones Davis
64 min
S2 E10: Storytelling that Changes the World
How we are changed through story with Propaganda
70 min
S2 E9 Rural Congregations: A Story of Pain and ...
The importance of rural congregations with Allen Stanton
65 min
S2 E8: Getting Schooled on Interim Ministry
Considerations when exploring interim ministry with Rev. Janae Pitts-Murdock.
55 min
S2 E7: A Primer on Racial Equity
The Center for Congregations own McKenzie Scott Lewis joins Ben and Matt to discuss diversity, inclusion and equity.
63 min
S2 B1: Basic Tech Infrastructure for Livestreaming
Pastor Bruce Colbert of Custom Sound Design shares information on the basics of setting up livestreams.
19 min
S2 E6: Fear and Anger: Christian Nationalism am...
Research findings about Christian Nationalism among young people in America with Michael Rotolo.
66 min
S2 E5: Courting Justice
The unique challenges and opportunities of leading multi-cultural and multi-lingual congregations with Pastor Bere Gil Soto.
64 min
S2 E4: Bring Your Whole Self
Creating Trauma Informed Communities with Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty
54 min
S2 E3: Tech: It's Not as Complicated as You Think
Congregations and audio/visual technology with Pastor John Girton
54 min
S2 E2 Waving the Banner for Youth Ministry
Insights about youth ministry with Mark Oestreicher.
72 min
S2 E1 Wisdom to Start Your New Year
Navigating big changes and using what you have well with Aimee Laramore.
59 min
S1 E8: What Went Right in 2020
Bright spots in the stories of Indiana congregations with our staff
57 min
S1 E7 Exchanging Pews for Strollers
How listening well can help solve problems with Victoria Sun Esparza
47 min
S1 E6 Agents of Unity
Healing the divide in our congregations: a conversation with Bishop Tavis Grant II
38 min
S1 E5 Whosoever
Leading with conviction with Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
45 min
S1 E4: Kicked Off a Cliff
Grappling with rapid change with Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes
59 min
S1 E3: Do we have to hide our pain?
A dialogue between therapy and faith with Hillary McBride
65 min
S1 E2: Tapping into Experience with Tim Shapiro
Changes in Congregations over the Years
52 min
S1 E1: Where have all the young people gone?
A Conversation with Mike McHargue aka Science Mike
30 min