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Congregational Life: Leaders & Outreach: Volunteers & Teams

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 empower effective teams and joyful volunteers. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloadable Resources - to empower volunteers
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles - to spark interest and inspire engagement
  • Webinars & Videos - to develop recruitment 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.


Cover for The Art of Gathering     Book - Paperback     The Conscious Enneagram: How to Move from Typology to Transformation     For the Common Good     Lreinventionofwork.jpg     Saving Your Church from Itself: Six Subtle Behaviors That Tear Teams Apart  and How to Stop Them: Sonksen, Chris: 9781540900197: Books     Sharing Leadership | A United Church of Christ Way of Being in Community (Drummond)     To Mend the World: A New Vision for Youth Ministry                    You are Changing the World: Whether You Like it or Not

Webinars & Videos

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.

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Beyond: The Art & Soul of Re-Creation

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 impactFor further information, contact LeaderWise.


Downloadable Resources

Saving Your Church from Itself: Six Subtle Behaviors That Tear Teams Apart  and How to Stop Them: Sonksen, Chris: 9781540900197: BooksThe 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.


  • video
  • discussion guide for small groups
  • adaptable to at-home service inspiration

offers affordable online courses for:

  • Adult Formation
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Build Effective Leaders
Increasing Active Engagement Video Tool Kit 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.

Photo of a cluttered storage room

To the Point: Unclutter Your Church: What needs to die in your church?

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

People waiting for a job interview7 Suggestions for Outsourcing Your Church’s Staffing Needs

How can outsourcing fill church staffing needs? Greg Rogers shares seven suggestions for outsourcing staff drawing from Oakmont Baptist Church’s response to unexpected yet urgent staffing needs.

Short On Volunteers? You’re Not Alone

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.

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.

Studies - In Our Library

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In Our Library

Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 9 - The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age               9780986903007: Christian Mentoring     Church in the Inventive Age  -     By: Doug Pagitt     9781558963788: Churchworks: A well-body book for congregations     Cover Image     EMPOWERING LAITY ENGAGING LEADERS     Grounded in God Revised Edition: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group DeliberationsRev Edition  -     By: Suzanne G. Farnham, R. Taylor McLean, Stephanie A. Hull     E-Book     Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 10 - Leadership Directions from Moses: On the Way to a Promised Land     9780687335954: Leadership Essentials: Practical Tools for Leading in the Church     Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers     Cover Image     The New Breed: Second Edition: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century  Volunteer: McKee, Jonathan, McKee, Thomas W., Group Youth Ministry  Resources, Group Publishing: 9780764486197: Books - Amazon     Cover Image     Front Cover - The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church's Spectators  Into Active Participants          Teams That Thrive     Transcending Generations     9781414308937: Transforming Church: Bringing Out the Good to Get to Great