Last June, The BTS Center awarded journalist-pastor Jeffrey MacDonald an Innovation Incubator award to research church vitality. When Jeff visited congregations with part-time clergy (or no ordained clergy at all), he often discovered energetic, creative faith communities that offer counter-narratives to prevailing tales of church death and decline. We’re proud to announce that The Christian Science Monitor recently featured Jeff’s work in its February 6, 2017 cover story, “America’s New Ministers.”
The BTS Center invites Letters of Inquiry for its 2017 – 2018 Innovation Incubator program, which supports Cairn and Compass Projects that map the contours of today’s religious and spiritual landscapes, mark creative paths for navigating them, and explore new ideas and insights for nurturing exceptional leadership in contemporary faith communities. Up to $70,000 will be awarded for the 2017 – 2018 funding cycle.
Letters of Inquiry for The Second Grant Cycle Due by January 27, 2017
The BTS Center has announced the application schedule for its 2017 – 2018 Innovation Incubator. Due dates will be as follows, with additional information available on the Innovation Incubator webpage:
January 27, 2017: Initial Letters of Inquiry Due
February 24, 2017: Invitations to the Full Application Cycle Are Sent Out
March 31, 2017: Full Applications Due
End of April 2017: Applicants Notified about Funding Decisions
CONVOCATION2017 – “COURSE CORRECTIONS” – WILL EXPLORE CREATIVE RESPONSES TO SPIRITUAL DISRUPTION
January 23-24, 2017. This winter, The BTS Center will continue a century-old tradition of bringing together nationally-recognized speakers to share ideas and perspectives about contemporary spiritual and religious concerns. Convocation 2017 – “Course Corrections” – will provide participants with opportunities to make meaning of the changes that are transforming 21st-century spiritual and religious landscapes.
“Spiritual Stories for a Wired World” is an online learning opportunity with Dr. Elizabeth Drescher – Santa Clara University professor, author, consulting scholar for The BTS Center, and co-editor of Bearings: Navigating Life-as-Ministry. The course will help faith leaders develop more resonant and engaging public voices through blogs, local news outlets, social media, and other communication platforms.
April 1, 2016
NEW YORK – The BTS Center’s blog, Bearings: Navigating Life-as-Ministry, has won two DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards of Excellence from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), a national interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations.
CONVOCATION2016 – LIFE AS ART: DESIGN THINKING AND MINDFULNESS FOR INTEGRATING LIFE AND MINISTRY (JANUARY 25 – 26, 2016)
Design Thinking and Mindfulness have taken the business and social sectors by storm. From making an iPhone, to designing worship, to renovating your kid’s bedroom, design thinking lays out the process of moving from dream to deliverable. But you can work a process and fail to be present, which is where mindful contemplation comes in. There are specific habits that can equip creative individuals from all sectors of the community to more mindfully engage the creative process.