Clergy and Ministerial Ethics Training Now Available Online

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Clergy members are expected to not only make all of the right decisions, but also have all of the answers. Unethical behavior from a ministerial leader can have a ripple effect that seriously erodes the fabric of an entire congregation.

Have your clergy and ministerial leaders reviewed their ethics training lately?

CongregationU’s latest course offering tackles the tough topic of clergy and ministerial ethics. This 2-hour comprehensive course addresses:

-The top ethical issues faced by clergy and pastors today, including technology, sexual misconduct and abuse, addiction, narcissistic behavior, plagiarism, and more

-The need for written ethical codes of conduct in churches and congregations

-Scenarios and common situations that provoke thinking about personal behavior

-A roadmap and guidance to ethical behavior

-The importance of ethics training and review on a regular basis

Many pastors and ministerial leaders do not have the opportunity or responsibility to review ethics once they leave seminary or other clergy education.

CongregationU wants this course to fill in those gaps, providing users with a greater understanding of the ethical challenges of today and how they can navigate those tough situations. Call us at 866.862.5855 or click here to see a demo.


Congratulations to our winners!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

When CongregationU and Safe Gatherings attended the 2016 UMC General Conference, we held a drawing for a free Level 1 bundle to try out our courses. We gave away five bundles, each containing 10 licenses to each of our courses (a $250 value!).

Here are the lucky winners:

Brittany Watson (Ark.)
Rev. Joe MacDonald (N.M.)
Rev. Kathy Cooper-Ledesma (Calif.)
Pastor Mark Flynn (W.V.)
Lindsay Drake (Iowa)

We appreciate everyone who came to see us and entered the drawing! If we missed you, we’d love to chat with you.

Want to know what our courses are all about? Call us at 866.862.5855 for a demo code!


CongregationU is on the road!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Are you at the UMC General Conference in Portland this week? We are excited to tell you that we are there! We know that the General Conference is a very important event for many of you, and we are happy to share in that excitement as we get to meet you and discuss your training needs.

If you are at the conference, come visit CongregationU and Safe Gatherings in Booth 31. We’ll be here all week!


Introducing CongregationU: Watch our video

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Take two minutes to view the video below and find out how CongregationU’s e-learning can dramatically impact your church. We’re talking about EVERYONE in your church: staff, clergy, volunteers, and laity. Everyone.


Safe Gatherings Introduces CongregationU

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Dear Friends,

Safe Gatherings is a trusted name in screening and training to help protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults, but many of you have expressed a need for training that goes beyond abuse prevention and boundary awareness, and we are responding to your requests.

It is with great excitement that I introduce you to our new sister company, CongregationU. CongregationU provides the tools you need to educate your staff, volunteers and members through e-learning specifically designed for the church environment. Your church can use CongregationU to:

  • Share information throughout the church in a consistent way,
  • Unite your congregation through e-learning,
  • Train volunteers at a time that is convenient for them, and
  • Assign courses to individual members, staff, clergy, or volunteers and track completed training.

We have focused on making Safe Gatherings as simple and effective as possible, and we’ve now applied those same principles to training your entire congregation on topics related to safety and security, technology, leadership and management, and other relevant subject areas. No church is too big or too small to provide consistent, relevant training and support to members, clergy, staff, and volunteers.

Click here to view our initial course offerings.  With your input, we will be expanding our list of available courses on an ongoing basis!

Through CongregationU, you can focus efforts on fellowship and discussion of more in-depth topics instead of spending hours of training on the day-to-day operations of the church. You can assign and track relevant courses, and know that every person is receiving the same information, delivered consistently every time. Your leaders now become the resources they are meant to be.

Please contact the CongregationU team to set up a demo or learn more. I am confident CongregationU will assist in freeing up time to focus on the real missions of your church, within its walls and beyond, into the communities and world we share.  We look forward to being of service!

With gratitude,

Sharon Holt
President, CongregationU & Safe Gatherings
1 (866) 862-5855


Wishing You the Blessings of Easter

Friday, March 25th, 2016

This weekend we remember and celebrate that Jesus has risen, Allelujah!

From all of us at CongregationU to all of you, we wish you and yours a Happy Easter.


We Expect Great Things for You

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Do us a favor: Walk into your empty church facility, and take a moment to listen. What do you hear?

If you are like us, you may hear the echoes of what is to come. The hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning service, the quiet prayers of a Bible study, or giggling children in a room nearby. Church is a busy place, a quiet place, a crazy place … all at once.

Now add your clergy, staff, and volunteers to that mental picture.

Are they ready to greet newcomers, ready for an emergency situation, ready to conduct a business meeting? Have you done everything you can to prepare them for bigger congregations, bigger church business strategies, and bigger church life?

This is where CongregationU enters the picture. We are here to provide you with the resources you need to train clergy members, staff members, volunteers, and laity. And we’re doing it all online, allowing time to be spent on the true missions of your congregation.

We’re starting with categories and training we think you need: safety and security, abuse prevention, and leadership and management skills. Most of the courses are designed to take about 25 to 30 minutes.

We’ll be adding topics regularly, but we want to hear from you:

• What are the training needs for your clergy?
• How do your staff members learn about new policies in a timely manner?
• How comfortable are your volunteers with the tasks they do every day?
• Would your regular churchgoers benefit from training about specific topics?
• Would you like to build your own courses with topics specific to your congregation?

We expect CongregationU to be your partner in educating your church members and staff—and we want you to join us on this journey. Contact us to provide input and learn more about our training and how we can help your church start today.