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Congregational Life: Volunteers, Teams, Leaders & Outreach: Outreach & Hospitality

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 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

          Disability and the Church     In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World     Indispensable Church - Lifeway          Mistakes and Miracles     

Emerging from Covid Considerations

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.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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.

Online Outreach Tips & How-To's

   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.

Question marks

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

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