Our resources on stewardship, social justice, outreach, volunteers, and pastoral care are updated frequently to reflect current realities, opportunities and challenges, so check back often.
Stewardship & Giving
Stewardship can be a challenging topic in the best of times—in times of transition and uncertainty, even more so. Lean on the wisdom of others to guide your conversations and stewardship decisions. Access our stewardship and giving resources for tips on:
Social justice is the calling of every follower of Jesus. Helping individuals and communities determine where to devote time, finances, energy and skills is central to a faith leader’s call. These social justice resources will help you lead conversations and engage your members and whole communities in the work of justice.
The Ministry Lab is proud to partner with Rev. Jia Starr Brown in sharing her Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People series. The 2020 theme, Intersectionality, was brought to life through:
Outreach & Hospitality
Extending hospitality to our neighbors is central to the life of every Christian congregation. Sometimes, though, expanding that circle of welcome and developing intentional forms of inclusive and joyful belonging can be trickier than we like to admit. We’re here with outreach and hospitality resources to develop core congregational principles so individuals and your whole congregation can joyfully embrace every neighbor in your community.
Moving from online to in-person worship and meetings will be another shift in congregational life. What can we learn? What do we keep? What can we discard? New forms of hospitality will be needed to let folks feel welcome, involved and engaged in whatever becomes the “new normal”. We’ll regularly update our Worship: Covid Considerations lib guides for suggestions and encouragement.
Volunteers & Teams
God’s work requires all God’s people! Support your community workers—both individuals and groups—with resources for encouraging:
Congregations are proving exceptionally resilient and creative in meeting the needs of individuals, families and their communities. Sharing these Great Ideas is part of The Ministry Lab’s work.
Vision & Mission
Developing, embracing and empowering members to live into God’s vision and mission are what congregational leadership is all about.
Our current milieu of constantly different reality can be an opportunity to rethink who we are and discover anew where God is leading. Find resources for the journey of: