Six New Things – Week of January 29, 2024

Let's prepare for a powerful Black History Month and a meaningful Lent full of essential - and perhaps difficult - discussions. ONE First things first: it's Black History Month (Feb. 1-29). Add depth  and develop awareness with reads from…

Six New Things – Week of January 22, 2024

Avoid 'liturgical whiplash' in this brief Season between Epiphany and an early Easter: we're here to help you get ready for African American History Month, this year's Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day combo, and Lent. ONE Cudjo Lewis was the…

One Word Prayer

Thanks to Colleen D. of the Center for Action and Contemplation Community for sharing this Great Idea. Colleen D. writes: I would like to share a way of praying that has spoken to me recently. When circumstances seem too overwhelming even…

Six New Things – Week of January 15, 2024

Belonging, Love, Reconciliation: there are so many ways Lent can be a transformational season for congregations ready to become a safe haven, a more prophetic witness, and/or community-centered space of justice and forgiveness. ONE Belonging…

Away with the Mangers Campaign

Thanks to Brandon Wrencher for sharing this Great Idea in Building Faith. Brandon invites congregational leaders 'interested in using liturgical direct action in your congregation' to consult with him. This may be a Great Idea, in and of…

Six New Things – Week of 01.08.24: Supplemental

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It's been a big week at The Ministry Lab - as it has been for many leaders returning back after a post-Christmas break, embarking on a New Year that promises to be full of contention, and preparing for Lent. Here are a few resources that…

Six New Things – Week of January 08, 2024

Happy New Year! We hope somewhere in (or after) the bustle of Advent and Christmas you found room for rest and renewal and that the New Year has begun with some hope! I received two phone calls in one day from clergy looking for Lenten…

Intergenerational Game Night!

Thanks to Traci Smith for sharing this Great Idea in a recent Treasure Box Tuesday. Traci suggests creating an intergenerational game night and includes several recommendations for great intergenerational games, writing: 'What about organizing…