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Congregational Life: Volunteers, Teams, Leaders & Outreach: Leadership Development

tools for empowering leadership, developing joyful, informed volunteers and supporting effective teams which strengthen outreach and hospitality


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to encourage pastoral care providers to engage in needed self-care. Here you'll find:

  • Online Courses, Videos & Webinars - to spark interest and conversation
  • Retreats & Websites - to develop personal awareness and growth
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles - for moments of encouragement and support
  • Books, Curricula & Downloads - to develop skills and confidence
  • Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources - for tips and how-tos specific to your context and doctrine

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.


          Clergy Burnout, Revised and Expanded: Surviving in Turbulent Times     The Conscious Enneagram: How to Move from Typology to Transformation     Book cover image: Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive     First and Only: A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life     For the Common Good          Picture of And He Saw That It Was Good     How to Have an Enemy          In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World     Indispensable Church - Lifeway     Lead from the Outside          Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry     Make a Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World     Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age     More Than Ready     Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life     The Power to Bless: How to Speak Life and Empower the People You Love:  Wright, Alan, Chapman, Gary: 9781540900555: Books     The Purpose Gap          Sharing Leadership | A United Church of Christ Way of Being in Community (Drummond)          Through Dangerous Terrain               You Don't Owe Anyone: Free Yourself from the Weight of Expectations               

Retreats & Websites

A call to social action and spiritual vigor with a mission to create a more equitable and inclusive world by nurturing skillful justice advocacy and the depth to act on it.

Bearing Witness offers resources for supporting whistleblowers in the workplace, governmental agencies, and congregational settings.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Start With Why Summary

How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

By Simon Sinek

How Do You Know When It's Time to Go?

by Cindy Halvorson with Susan Miller

Part 1: Internal Factors

Part 2: External Factors

Posters hanging on a brick wall

5 Signs I Need to Put on My Desk

Often the best way a leader can improve things is to focus on his or her own actions and behaviors. Carey Nieuwhof outlines five simple reminders that help him lead more effectively, and can help you, too.

Person in office working with computers

5 Key Lessons for Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age by John W. Wimberly, Jr.

Turning toward a hybrid future, churches have focused much attention on digital worship. John Wimberly says it’s just as important to consider how to work with staff and volunteers. He names key issues for managing programs and ministries in an era when working from home and digital meetings are likely to remain part of congregational life.

Jessica Guleth wonders, "What does it look like for the voices of our youth to be invited in, heard and included in the ways we do for adults? What needs adjusting in our minds and hearts to see and hear them as members?" in The Future of the Church Is Young.

Person in deep imagination

Episode 84: “Cultivating and Nurturing the Pastoral Imagination” featuring Eileen Campbell-Reed

What is pastoral imagination? And how can it be nurtured by clergy and laity? We speak with Eileen Campbell-Reed about how clergy can cultivate and nurture pastoral imagination in order to address conflict, experience joy, and develop a deep, wise knowing.

The Voices of Young People Podcast

Richard Rohr reflects on Cynthia Bourgeault's understanding of Jesus as a moshel moshelim, a teacher of wisdom, in A Seminary of Life.

Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.

Share Rev. Julia's I Am Not Afraid. I Am Heartbroken with your congregation.

How to Be a Hero Maker

  • activate the gifts of others

  • multiply the impact of your ministry


For Collard Girls is a journey, a conversation, and a podcast, that shares the unique, bold and beautiful narrative of womyn of color who are in spaces in the church, in the community, and in the world.

Leading Like Moses: 4 Ways to Know What to Delegate

Micah Fries and Jeremy Maxfield say that the critical skill of delegation improves a leader’s focus, multiplies impact, and develops the capacity of others.

MennoMedia's ~ing Podcast hosts Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards and Allison Maus discuss current issues in church leadership, growth, and community engagement with national church leaders.

Leading with Imperfect Knowledge

Leaders today are faced with the challenge of deciding how to move forward with imperfect knowledge. Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says leaders must risk action when they have enough knowledge to head in the right direction. He outlines decision-making principles for situations when gathering all the data isn’t a realistic option.

Small Church Big Impact

How smaller congregations can use their unique giftedness to fulfill their mission.

Online Courses, Videos & Webinars

The Video Editing for Churches course will help you learn how to use editing tools like Adobe Rush and iMovie to create videos your members, newcomers, and others will want to see.

The Video Editing for Churches course will help you learn how to use editing tools like Adobe Rush and iMovie to create videos your members, newcomers, and others will want to see.

This is an open enrollment course.

The Faith+Lead Learning Lab is a place to listen, learn, innovate, and grow. Join other spiritual leaders in grappling with real-world challenges and discoveries of ministry in the 21st Century.

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:


Learn more about Futures Literacy here.

Learn more about Convergence's Futures Literacy Labs here.


Coaching4Clergy offers:


Convergence offers Executive Coaching for congregational leaders.

See Joe Davis' invitation to Deepen Humility and Compassion with the IDI; develop institutional intercultural awareness and competence; and/or join Round 2 of Davis' and Dave Scherer's Next Faithful Move.
Opportunities for self-care, personal growth, new learning and more, include:


free, seven-part on-demand video teaching series from Carey Nieuwhof


Personal growth and continuing education pertinent to COVID-19 days and beyond

Living Like They Believe is an online video study series on vocation and discipleship.

Church Pension Group offers Safeguarding Online - boundaries training for folks who work with children and youth; and Safeguarding People, which includes Training Resources and Model Policies & Resolutions.

Curricula & Downloads

     Raising Engaged Humans: A Book List for Big-Hearted Parents     

Cover for Right Questions for Church Leaders, Volumes 1-4

Right Questions For Church Leaders, Volumes 1-4

Leaders do not need answers.
Leaders must have the right questions.

In the Works Series

In the Works Series

This five-session series explores how Christians can be part of God’s mission in the world. Each title includes five inspiring daily readings for each week; five easy-to-use discussion guides (with activities, Bible study, and discussion activities); and follow-up action options to apply the study to real-world life.

Sessions include:

  • How Do I Begin? Sharing Your Faith
  • How Do I Make It Right? Doing Justice in a Broken World
  • What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God through Work
  • What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You
  • Where Do I Come in? Joining God's Mission

PC(USA) Store curated a selection of booksdownloadable studies, and curriculum programs

More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders Video Tool Kit

More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit

Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams.

Leading Like Nehemiah:

Rebuilding Together

  • Six-session video-based study curriculum
  • key themes in Nehemiah’s witness
  • inspire and guide today's faith leaders today
  • accompanying Study and Discussion Guide
Serving with Grace: Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice

Boundaries Trainings

Judicatory & Other Denominational Guidelines/Tips


Rev. Diane Shallue created Twelve Devotions for Ministry Teams & Committees as part of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA series, “Learning Strategies for the Life of Faith Initiative.” They were developed "to equip congregational leaders to find ways to love and serve the world in all that they do", are ecumenical in scope, and free to share with teams and leadership groups.

Engage the whole congregation in the conversation of pastoral care during quarantine, rostered leaders assisting area chaplains, etc.

Two Building Resilience webinars with accompanying downloadable handouts.

Bearing Witness offers resources for supporting whistleblowers in the workplace, governmental agencies, and congregational settings.