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Congregational Life: Leaders & Outreach: Outreach & Hospitality

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

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders develop exuberant outreach and warm hospitality. Here you'll find:

  • Tips & How-To's for Online Outreach
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles - to inspire and empower members
  • Webinars & Videos - to develop skills
  • Other Tips & Ideas - from a variety of sources

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.

Books & Downloads

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Webinars & Training

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

How to Do Hybrid Church: Ministry at the Overlap of In-Person and Online

 

 

The Great Spiritual Migration: Online Book Study

 

 

 

Radical Welcome: Help Your Church Fully Embrace the Other

 

 

 

Church ImpactFrom Organized Religion to Organizing Religion with Brian McLaren

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Mixed-age group worshiping and fellowshipping around a dining tableLessons from the Fresh Expressions Movement” featuring Luke Edwards

What can we learn from the Fresh Expression movement’s novel approach to reaching people unlikely to attend church on Sunday mornings? Luke Edwards discusses a process of listening and relationship building that can lead to deepening discipleship and the formation of new, nontraditional worshipping communities.

 

Laura Stephens-Reed, in the CBF Blog, underscores Why Bringing in Young Families is not a Magic [Cure] for Your Congregation, as she underscores some key do's and don'ts with regard to welcoming young adults and young families.

Tony Morgan

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Innovating to Reach More People

How can innovation help congregations reach new and younger people? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Mikka McCracken about innovation, building relationships, and creating person-focused ministries so more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice, and love.

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9 Strategies for Meeting People and Learning Their Needs

Elizabeth Mae Magill sought to create a food ministry that wasn’t a charity but a demonstration of Christ’s radical welcome. She did months of street ministry to get to know food insecure neighbors, hear their stories, and build relationships. She shares nine practical tips for meeting people and learning their needs.

Episode 88 - Innovating to Reach More People featuring Mikka McCracken

Episode 88: “Innovating to Reach More People” featuring Mikka McCracken

How can innovation help congregations reach new and younger people? We speak with Mikka McCracken about innovation, building relationships, and creating person-focused ministries so more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice, and love.

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How to Keep Gen Z in Your Pews by St Olaf College Senior, Holly Beck.

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Connecting with the People God Has Placed in Your Pathway

Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff says churches can improve outreach efforts by focusing on people nearby. Those attending activities in your building, family and friends of members, and immediate neighbors already know something about your church. And you know important things about them as well.

Congregations Lead Initiative

The ELCA's Growing Younger page includes stories, resources, and tools to assist you and your congregation in connecting with new people so that our world may experience the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation; including:

6 Core Commitments                                                                            

Download The 6 Core Commitments of Churches Growing Younger pdf here.

6 Core Commitments

Register for the ELCA Growing Younger Train the Trainer Event here.

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Episode 82: What Can Churches and Businesses Learn from Each Other? featuring Randy Casey-Rutland

Advent + Instagram: Photo-a-Day Challenge: Worship Times has the resources!

“The Art of Hospitality” featuring Debi Nixon

How can your church welcome visitors in a way that delights them and lets them know they matter?

Participation Is Up but Giving is Down for Many Congregations During the Pandemic

A Lake Institute survey reveals that a majority of congregations (52 percent) reported an increase in participation, but a plurality of respondents (41 percent) experienced a decrease in giving.

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“Understanding Generation Z and Connecting with Their Passions” featuring Rock Jones

What are the unique characteristics of young people coming of age today? Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan University, describes a generation of digital natives who are highly connected but also lonely and anxious; describing their life questions, the perspectives they bring to spiritual engagement, and ways church leaders can meet them where they are.

Online Outreach Tips & How-To's

Faith Practices At Home

from Traci Smith, includes videos for Hospitality, Prayer, Retreat, Service, Storytelling, and Holy Week

FREE VIDEO

Reaching More Diverse People

Click to watch Reaching More Diverse People

How can your congregation reach more diverse people? Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, pastor of the Emory Fellowship in Washington, D.C., shares his observations on this vital topic and describes a model used by his congregation to reach more diverse people.

Watch on YouTube now.

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 United Methodist Church's Communications offers free Social Media Shareable download sets containing graphics created for diverse social media platforms.

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5 Key Ways to Improve Your Church YouTube Channel

Phil Cooke explains why YouTube is critical to your church’s digital presence. He outlines five ways to improve your YouTube channel and boost your outreach.

   5 Addictions the Church Must Overcome to Grow in the Future

Carey Nieuwhof explains that churches must respond to a culture that has become even more digital, mobile, and home-centered during the COVID-19 crisis. He predicts growing churches will focus less on place-based ministry and packed rooms and will adjust budgets and attitudes to fit a new reality.

“ideas on how digital connections can help us reach people not previously connected to our congregations”.

Digital Tools: Church Administration

A comprehensive list of non-social media platforms and software that other Faith+Leaders are using.

All of the United Methodist Communications' Local Church Learning Sessions have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. New sessions will be added here as they are produced.

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New Questions for a New Day

The pandemic presents an opportunity for churches to reframe their thinking and reboot their vision. 

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of Books for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion.

Disability Ministries shares insight, ways congregations are engaging differently abled persons, and suggestions for furthering awareness and hospitality.

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Be the Welcoming Church

Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable.

In Our Library

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Curricula - In Our Library

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Emerging from Covid Considerations

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50 Ways to Take Church to the Community

Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. These 50 Ways provide tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service.

Coming Back Together: Church and Consent Culture in 2021 by Meta Herrick Carlson, Jan. 6, 2021

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