Little Free Library – Community Bonding & Building!

This is one of Rev. Emily Meyer's favorite community-building and community-bonding projects - especially poignant for People of the Word. Build a Little Free Library - or several - as a community project: Invite all generations - whether…

Anti-Racism as Community Event

Rev. Elsa Cook compassionately shares ideas and resources for honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 17, not merely as a "nice" white discussion about diversity, but as a boldly prophetic and intentional step toward racial…

Baptism of Christ Prayer Stations

Thanks to Rev. Elsa Cook, from Cooking with Elsa, for creating and sharing this Great Idea on her blog! Pastor Elsa's idea offers an opportunity to create something special for Baptism of Christ Sunday without creating a lot of extra work…

We Are All Stardust

Thanks to Hopeful Innovation Grant recipients at Owatonna's Associated Church (Presbyterian & UCC) for sharing this Great Idea! Looking for a way to celebrate uniqueness and diversity within community, Associated members developed their…

Go Light Your World Campaign

Thanks to Christa Meland at the Minnesota Annual Conference, UMC, for sharing this Great Idea! No matter what denomination you belong to, the Go Light Your World Campaign is a great congregational endeavor. Share some love with folks in…

Community Service of Healing & Hope

Thanks to LeaderWise's Dan Nelson, PhD, LP, for the Interfaith Prayer for Peace that inspired this Great Idea from Ministry Lab Executive Director, Rev. Emily Meyer. Following a year of unprecedented uncertainty and chaos and in the midst…

Virtual People’s Supper

Thanks to the Faith Matters Network for sharing this Great Idea - and some helpful materials to make it happen! Host a Virtual Peoples' Supper! Help your congregation think of alternatives to gathering in person - for congregational and/or…

Christmas Cheer Carolers

This is via a virtual Coffee Hour grapevine, so we have no idea of the source - sorry! But perhaps several congregations have already thought of it, so we'll spread the credit around. Christmas Carolers might be a great way to spread some…

Holiday Movie Favorites

Thanks to Max Brumberg-Kraus of the United Theological Seminary community for creating this Great Idea! Share some joy and levity with your community (broaden and deepen the scope by inviting the broader community to participate!) by developing…

Christmas Tree Advent Wreath

Thanks to Rev. Kate Payton and the creative members of Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage, MN for sharing this idea - and allowing The Ministry Lab to support it financially through one of our Hopeful Innovation Grants! Glendale…