The Ministry Lab is here to invigorate the life of your congregation.
Here you’ll find resources for:
- Vision & Mission
- Developing Leadership
- Volunteers & Teams
- Pastoral Care
- Congregational Health
- Personal Care for Leaders
- Spiritual Direction
Please see our Engaging the World page for resources on Vision & Mission, Outreach & Hospitality, and Social Justice.
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Emerging from Covid-19
It’s on everyone’s mind and is presenting both opportunities and challenges. We’re here to help:
Our Re-Imagining Church: Post-Covid Church lib guide has the latest books, blogs, and webinars for inspiration and how-to’s.
Helpful webinars and training on reimagining church and reopening are found in our Blue Whirl Webinar list.
Vision & Mission
Constantly shifting realities can be an opportunity to rethink who we are and discover anew where God is leading. Find resources for the journey of:
- Embracing the Community’s Identity
- Casting a New Vision
- Living into Your Mission
- Reimagining Church
- Post-Covid Church
For congregations contemplating closing their doors or decidedly moving in that direction, please find hopeful and helpful resources in our Dying lib guide.
Let us help you identify and develop leaders for a more sustainable congregation.
Support yourself, staff and volunteers with trainings found in our Blue Whirl Webinars and Continuing Education lists.
Or, find frequently updated hard-copy and online resources in our curated lib guides:
Volunteers & Teams
God’s work requires all God’s people! Support your community workers—both individuals and groups—with resources for encouraging:
- Effective Volunteers and Teams
- Leadership Development
- Developing Young Leaders
- Leading through Change/Conflict
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.
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:
We all need support sometimes: we exist to support you, as you support the souls in your care.
Find hard copy and online resources to aid you in caring for others through our lib guides in many specific areas of pastoral care, including:
- Adults – General
- Aging & Memory Care
- Children & Families – General
- Chronic Illness
- Differently Abled Persons
- Family Planning, Pregnancy, & Parenting
- Grief, Death, & Dying
- Grief & Trauma (differentiated by age-groups)
- Hope & Resilience
- Mental Health & Addictions
- Sabbath & Rest
- Tweens & Teens – General
Congregational Health & Wellbeing
Our congregational health and well-being resources include:
- State and regional mental health resource centers
- Mindfulness and mental health practices to share with all ages
- Supporting In-Reach and Congregational Care Teams
Personal Care for Leaders
You are better able to care for others when you take care of yourself. We are here to support your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Contact The Ministry Lab directly for free consultations: we’ll connect you with resources, help you rethink and refresh existing programming, and completely revamp ministry approaches! Email for an appointment.
You’ll find hard copy and online resources for personal care in our lib guides, including:
Find additional self-enrichment opportunities on our Continuing Education page.
Group Spiritual Direction
Take care of yourself – personally and professionally – with the guidance of a Spiritual Director.
We recommend: Shalem Institute’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Leader Wise’s Spiritual Direction Groups.
Find additional suggestions in our Spiritual Direction lib guide.
Generated by The Ministry Lab’s partners, congregational leaders and director. If you’ve got a Great Idea to share, let us know!
Have something you’d like to discuss? Need to check out resources? Share questions, interests and ideas with The Ministry Lab’s Executive Director, Rev. Emily Meyer or search our site.