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Resource: How Your Congregation Learns

When a congregation decides to begin something new or needs to make changes, its members are called upon to think and behave in ways they have not yet learned, according to knowledge they do not yet have. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization dedicated to helping strengthen Indiana congregations, has drawn upon its experience in helping more than 3,000 congregations over 15 years to distill eight overarching behaviors that apply to almost any congregational challenge where new learning and behavior are needed. That framework is religious rather than psychological or organizational, in the sense that it reflects a theological anthropology that assumes congregations are basically healthy and able to sustain the learning they need when given the right amount of assistance and time. The eight behaviors needed to help congregations meet new challenges are summarized in a brief article archived as a downloadable PDF report on the center’s website.

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