Essential Tools for Ministry

Equipping yourself and your congregation requires the right tools. Below are a variety of resources that can help you support your congregation on a number of topics prevalent in society today.


6 Resources
How to Prevent and Resolve Congregational Conflict
This study-discussion guide provided by The Parish Paper offers solutions to internal conflicts and includes examples of how individuals can limit divisions.
Discovering and Living God's Heart for Immigrants: A Guide to Welcoming the Stranger
This 6-session study guide from World Relief helps Christians welcome and minister to immigrants as an expression of faith.
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Christians and Racial Justice: A Discussion Guide
This four-part guide educates about the original sin of America - racism - and invites congregations to reflect. Then it encourages discussion about the church’ s work in racial reconciliation.
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Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
This web resource offers a professional yet succinct overview of mental health issues, written in lay language, and summarizes the basics about common mental illnesses, suicide, diagnosis, treatment, the connection between mental and physical conditions, recovery, wellness and building resilience while also addressing the many ways in which faith leaders can provide support for people with mental illnesses.
The Guide to New Church Models
This compilation of essays and interviews looks at seven novel ways that congregations are expressing what it means to be communities of faith.
These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home
This curriculum equips congregations and families for faith-based conversations on human sexuality, examining the topic from theological, ethical, biological, and practical perspectives.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke
Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.
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