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Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders study and discuss how the congregation should use its resources. Here you'll find:
- Webinars & Online Courses to facilitate in-depth study and conversations
- Blogs, Podcasts & Articles to fuel small group discussions
- Opportunities to offer your resources to your community
- Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources to promote healthy attitudes of stewardship and giving
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.
Webinars & Online Courses
Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church's Money provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it's your first time dealing with church finances or you've been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church's income.
Learn more and watch an introductory video now.
Developing Your Operating Budget is ecumenical and designed for both self study and group use by finance committees, pastors, and finance staff.
Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
The Promise of Digital Giving
Ann Michel says that as the church increasingly moves online, so too must the church’s ministry of generosity. But this future requires the capacity to receive digital gifts and skill in soliciting gifts electronically from people beyond the reach of Sunday services.
Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.
Bishop Janice Huie calls for a new approach to engaging younger people in the church. She argues for overinvesting in young people who don’t sit in our pews every Sunday by drawing resources from the center to the periphery of the church.
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.
A comprehensive list of non-social media platforms and software that other Faith+Leaders are using.
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.
Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources
ELCA World Hunger encourage addressing local, regional and global hunger.
Seasonally appropriate materials guide congregations in specific actions and provide for worship and study.