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:
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership Leading Ideas blog has highlighted stewardship during COVID-19 many times:
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.
Our friends at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light have been working hard to get out the vote. Individuals and congregations can join the effort:
Across the river, Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul provide support and encouragement to folks living on the margins 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 it would seem. 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.
Helping folks feel welcome, involved and engaged while practicing social distancing is particularly challenging. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a number of webcasts about engaging new online visitors, including:
Volunteers & Teams
God’s work requires all God’s people! Support your community workers—both individuals and groups—with resources for creating and empowering effective volunteers and teams.
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.
If you need help keeping up morale—for yourself or your hard working volunteers—we recommend: