Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders empower effective teams and joyful volunteers. 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.
Building and Training Your Team with Jen Bradbury
Finding enough leaders can be one of the biggest challenges in ministry. When you do find them, what then? Join Jen Bradbury of Fuller Youth Institute for key insights on recruitment and volunteer training.
A 4-month congregational discernment program
CrossForm equips congregations, pastors and congregational leaders to embrace transformation for 21st century ministry focusing on: strengthening core, building flexibility, and deepening impact. For further information, contact LeaderWise.
The book comes with an accompanying free downloadable study guide discussing Six Toxic Behaviors Every Pastor Needs to Know About
Recruiting & Empowering Your Church Volunteers a free ebook from SparkHouse
Rev. Diane Shallue created Twelve Devotions for Ministry Teams & Committees as part of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA series, “Learning Strategies for the Life of Faith Initiative.” They were developed "to equip congregational leaders to find ways to love and serve the world in all that they do", are ecumenical in scope, and free to share with teams and leadership groups.
offers affordable online courses for:
|Increasing Active Engagement Video Tool Kit from Lewis Center for Church Leadership|
Through engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, Increasing Active Engagement explores best practices for getting and keeping people involved and engaged.
To the Point: Unclutter Your Church: What needs to die in your church?
From Nicole Havelka:
By Sarah Bentley Allred (she/her/hers) on Feb 14, 2022
I want you to know that if you are struggling with volunteer recruitment, management, retention, or engagement… you are not alone.
Doug Powe explains that There Are No Volunteers Named "Somebody"
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.
Find free curriculum, resources, and blog posts ranging from Setting up Kids Ministry Volunteers to Curriculum Adaptations [for] Kids with Special Needs to 5 Reasons Preschool Programming Is Not Childcare.