Adult Education Opportunities

One of my current roles is organizing adult educational offerings at Naples United Church of Christ (Naples, FL).   Since our congregation grows significantly during season (the time of year when many snowbirds visit), we provide a more robust program during that portion of the year.  A preview of some of the highlights of the season to come (Advent 2012 - Pentecost 2013) follows: General Education internet guru Marcus Zillman memory expert Dr. Bill Beckwith  educator Stephen Read More …

Stop Doing That!

Many ministries that are highly effective and growing during a given season of a congregation's life eventually wane significantly.  LeeAnne Watkins, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church (St. Paul, MN), considers how best to respond to these difficult situations in her article in the June 13, 2012 edition of the Christian Century (p.10-11). In her parish, the once popular adult education offerings and midweek services stopped drawing significant crowds.  Along with a leadership team, she Read More …

Facebook Bible/Book Study?

Many congregations offer fewer opportunities for adult discipleship during the summer months.  With more and more adult learning and growth opportunities moving from an on campus (church building, someone's home, or a coffee shop) to either a blended (part on campus and part online) or online format, perhaps summer is the ideal time for your congregation to try something new online (or expand its existing efforts). There are so many possible ways to begin that many people get hung up Read More …