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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.


     First and Only: A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life     In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World     Indispensable Church - Lifeway          Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry     More Than Ready     The Power to Bless: How to Speak Life and Empower the People You Love:  Wright, Alan, Chapman, Gary: 9781540900555: Books          Through Dangerous Terrain                         

Retreats & Websites


Courage to Lead: An Online Retreat Series for Faith Leaders​​​​​​​

  • February 8–9:  Two sessions each day (9 am–noon & 4:00-5:30 pm CST)

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

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.

Small Church Big Impact

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

Online Courses, Videos & Webinars


On-Demand Learning (including FaithLead’s, National Faith Leaders Reflect on a Global Pandemic and Being Grateful in Difficult Times: An Online Journey with Barbara Butler Bass) and Executive Coaching for congregational leaders.


This 1.5-day online workshop will walk your group through how to become skilled in conflict transformation. You will learn skills that will reshape your interactions with present and future congregational conflict and equip you for managing conflict in your work and personal life.

Register for May, 2021

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Register for December, 2021

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

  • Boundaries in Pastoral Relationships with Adults
  • Boundaries in Pastoral Relationships with Children & Youth
  • Boundaries with Finances and Church Business
  • Boundaries with Ministry Transition
  • Boundaries with Social Media
  • Boundaries for Self-Care

Use the code BOUNDARY at checkout for $100 off!


Curricula & Downloads

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

Judicatory & Other Denominational Guidelines/Tips

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.