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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.
Emerging from Covid Considerations
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
How can your church welcome visitors in a way that delights them and lets them know they matter?
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.
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.