Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders develop exuberant outreach and warm hospitality. Here you'll find:
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.
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
“Lessons from the Fresh Expressions Movement” featuring Luke Edwards
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.
By Laurie Juarez; March 14, 2022
How to Keep Gen Z in Your Pews by St Olaf College Senior, Holly Beck.
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:
Download The 6 Core Commitments of Churches Growing Younger pdf here.
Register for the ELCA Growing Younger Train the Trainer Event here.
Episode 82: What Can Churches and Businesses Learn from Each Other? featuring Randy Casey-Rutland
Six Ways to Embrace True Inclusion in Your Faith Community by Brandan Robertson, author of True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace
Advent + Instagram: Photo-a-Day Challenge: Worship Times has the resources!
By Building Faith's Hannah Graham
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.
“ideas on how digital connections can help us reach people not previously connected to our congregations”.
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.
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.
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable.
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.
Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.