The Ministry Lab supports all efforts to work with neighbors in cultivating God’s Beloved Community right where we are planted.
We regularly update opportunities for individual, family, and congregational outreach, service, justice work, spiritual practices, and enjoyment in our Community Opportunities posts.
For more long-term and internal foci:
Vision & Mission
Developing, embracing and empowering members to live into God’s vision and mission are what congregational leadership is all about.
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:
Outreach & Hospitality
Extending hospitality to our neighbors is central to the life of every Christian congregation. Sometimes, though, expanding the circle of welcome and developing intentional inclusivity and joyful belonging can be trickier than we like to admit.
Find 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.
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: Solidarity series.
We house 2020’s videos on our Vimeo Channel. You can view:
We are proud of our Board Member and Synod of Lakes and Prairies PC(USA) staff member, Deb DeMeester, for her role in creating The Shift, “a system of engagement and collective learning to ease racial tension and facilitate relationship-building” between the local Black community and police departments. KARE 11 covered the project here.