Take a look at this eclectic and inspiring array of resources. In the mix, you’ll find things to read, watch and listen to that compel learning about congregations, young adults, innovation and other stuff we can’t resist sharing. Post your responses — and resources you discover — on the 787 Collective Facebook page. We will keep enriching this space.

How Your Congregation Learns

Congregations don’t just do something new. They must learn to do something new. Read an interview with Tim Shapiro, Director of The Center for Congregations. Then buy his book, How Your Congregation Learns: From Challenge to Achievement. It is very straightforward and practical. Shapiro gives several clarifying insights and lays out a path that will seem both familiar and fresh.

How We Gather

Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston sparked a national conversation when their research on how Millennials gather got lots of folks thinking about how and where young adults are receiving spiritual nurture in today’s world. Read their initial publication here, and follow up publication Something More which takes a look at their initial findings and explores the gifts, challenges and possibilities facing religious institutions in the seeking to explore and engage change in the current cultural climate.

The Defining Decade

Therapist Meg Jay explores the importance of the 20s which she calls “the most defining decade of adulthood.” Available on Amazon and Audible, or get a short course on some of her ideas by viewing her TED Talk Why 30 is Not the New 20. A compelling reminder at how important spiritual nurture and mentorship can be during such a crucial and foundational time.