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…

Killers of the Flower Moon Studies

This Great Idea was inspired by varying responses to the movie Killers of the Flower Moon. The Great Idea is to read a variety of Indigenous responses together, share the ELCA's Truth & Healing Study Guide, discuss, and discern together…

Six New Things – Week of November 6, 2023

It's Election Day - and even with 'only' local ballots, the vision Jesus embodied of God's Beloved Community opens our eyes to new perspectives on leadership, personal action, and global engagement. ONE The best place to start with social…

Six New Things – Week of October 09, 2023

It's Autumn! It's Halloween! It's Thanksgivingt! Here's a little something for upcoming festivities - infused with three versions of 'climate care' that'll empower youth, inform education, and, well, care for the climate. ONE First: Halloween…

Six New Things – Week of October 2, 2023

Fill your October with wonder and love as you celebrate LGBTQIA2S+ History Month, recognize Emotional Wellness Month, and live into Church Safety and Security Month (I just learned that was a thing today!!). Here are resources for it all: ONE This…

Are Your Advent Traditions Still Meaningful?

Thanks to Innovation Lab's Meghan Hatcher for sharing this Great Idea - full of resources to help congregations live into it! Meghan quotes veteran ministry leaders Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., and Rev. Tom Berlin, authors of Bearing Fruit:…

A Gift for Grads

Thanks to author Jennifer Dukes Lee for sharing this Great Idea: yes, it touts her book, but the idea can be translated, see below: Dukes Lee is the author of Stuff I'd Only Tell God (Baker), a journal she refers to as one's 'own little confession…

Aging Christians Can Change the World

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Anna Hall (Convergence) for writing up this Great Idea! After sharing sobering statics about how US Christianity is aging, Hall wonders, "How can those of us who remain in the church as we age nurture younger generations…

LAMENT & ADOLESCENT SPIRITUALITY

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Zirschky of the Center for Youth Ministry Training for sharing this thoughtful reflection on lament and teens. We've turned it into a Great Idea with some contemplative practices to flesh out Zirschky's offering. In the…

Observing the Winter Solstice

Thanks to Caroline Burke, PhD, LP, for sharing this Great Idea in LeaderWise's newsletter: Dr. Burke reminds readers of the ancient practice of slowing down in recognition of the Winter Solstice - and encourages us to do the same in Being…