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Congregational Life: Volunteers, Teams, 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.


Book - Paperback     The Conscious Enneagram: How to Move from Typology to Transformation     For the Common Good     Sharing Leadership | A United Church of Christ Way of Being in Community (Drummond)              

Webinars & Videos

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

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