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Faith Formation: Mentors & Leaders

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to aid in the development of confident, empowered, courageous mentors and lay faith formation leaders. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloadable resources suitable for small group study and conversation
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles to share as direct supports of mentors and leaders
  • Websites to add breadth and depth to leaders' own resources
  • Videos and webinars to discuss and encourage

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.

Books & Downloads

Announcing: The New Normal

Springtide Research Institute is a wealth of research-based information for boundaries and best practices for youth and young adult ministries. The New Normal: 8 Ways to Care for Gen Z in a Post-Pandemic World is but one example.

After Doubt: Swoboda: 9781587434518: Amazon.com: Books               The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us Cover Image     The Gap Decade          Tongue-Tied

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.

Recruiting & Empowering Your Church Volunteers a free ebook from SparkHouse

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Why follow Jesus if you don’t believe all of scripture?

by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers

AND

God Is No Longer a Working Number: Rethinking Christianity for the Twenty-first Century

by Martin Thielen

Both include helpful insights when walking youth through faith and the Bible.

Jessica Guleth wonders, "What does it look like for the voices of our youth to be invited in, heard and included in the ways we do for adults? What needs adjusting in our minds and hearts to see and hear them as members?" in The Future of the Church Is Young.

Take a fresh look at how you can partner with caregiving adults to ignite a lifelong love of Jesus in your students.

may be a place for support and networking ideas.

offers a podcast to nourish leaders.

Websites

     moral development in children     Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development

Luther Crest

Bold Transformational Faith

A partnership to bring faith formation tools and resources â€‹from CAMP to your CONGREGATION

Video & Webinars

Cherish All Children Church Partnerships

Join Cherish All Children in their vision of raising healthy generations free from sexual exploitation. Predators have adjusted to the pandemic, making safety education and prevention measures more needed now than ever

Your congregation can engage via:

  • Adult/mentor Zoom learning and training

  • Virtual Tween & Teen training about healthy relationships & online safety

  • Pre-recorded conversations or trainings to play in online gatherings, such as this session with St. John’s Lutheran, Shakopee

Visit the Cherish All Children website to find out more, and contact Joy McElroy at joy.mcelroy@cherishallchildren.org to get started!

Training

In the Works Series

In the Works Series

This five-session series explores how Christians can be part of God’s mission in the world. Each title includes five inspiring daily readings for each week; five easy-to-use discussion guides (with activities, Bible study, and discussion activities); and follow-up action options to apply the study to real-world life.

Sessions include:

  • How Do I Begin? Sharing Your Faith
  • How Do I Make It Right? Doing Justice in a Broken World
  • What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God through Work
  • What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You
  • Where Do I Come in? Joining God's Mission

Church Pension Group offers Safeguarding Online - boundaries training for folks who work with children and youth.

PLAN-IT: better planning, better ministry

Buy the book and/or create a training event with Lyle Grinner.