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Kate White

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Kate is the associate director for resources at the Center for Congregations. She manages educational resources and works to get the best resources into the hands of congregations.

Contributions From Kate White

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Congregational Leadership Development
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Relationships in Ministry
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Equip and Empower Volunteers
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Using Social Media in Your Congregation
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Congregational Finance
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Inclusive Congregations
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Your Congregation's Culture
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Flourishing Resource Guides
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Facility Management
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Addressing Trauma
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Technology for Virtual Congregational Life
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Celebrate Diversity
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Relationships: A Millennial Perspective

In a gathering of congregational leaders, the word “millennial” enters the conversation. A wave of uneasiness settles in — judgment, honest confusion or distress. What is the future of our congregation with these young people?

As a church-going millennial and congregational consultant, I observe these conversations through a few different lenses. Here’s what you should consider.

“What if millennials are the carriers and not the cause [of cultural change].” – Mike McHargue

Thought leader Mike McHargue, voice of The Liturgists podcast and The New Copernican Series, encourages a broader perspective of our changing lifestyles and overall culture. To quote a friend, “I wasn’t born this way, glued to my phone. I didn’t choose to have a six-second attention span.”

Action step: Try withholding judgment in favor of seeking understanding. You might learn something and uncover that millennials make more sense than you thought.

We are individuals with unique stories and normal human needs. Labeling us “millennials” doesn’t even scratch the surface of who we are. We have personalities, varied hardships and defining life experiences. What we do share is an isolating, technology-driven culture. Because of this, we especially need authentic conversation and relationships.

Action step: Try getting to know us on an individual level. This step is recommended in Center staffer Wendy McCormick’s Engaging Young Adults article. My best relationships started by getting together outside of the worship building. Meet us for coffee or invite us to a sports game, a game night, lunch or a local show.

We’ll likely collaborate with you to do something. As society gets faster, our time is important. Help us use time together to further our goals and contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Giving us a meaningful role will make us feel valued and grow our commitment to the congregation.

Action Step: Ask us what we’re interested in or passionate about. Support us in making those ideas happen. Derrick Feldmann’s Social Movements For Good will help you understand social movements of this generation and what makes them successful.

As you get to know young adults, you’ll be able to spend more time together doing the life-giving activities of your congregation.

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Faith Life: A Millennial Perspective

Most people can carry a casual conversation with a young adult. If that seems like a challenge in your congregation, check out the first part of this blog Relationships: A Millennial Perspective.


How about discussing values and faith beliefs with that younger generation? It’s accurate to say “times have changed.” In many parts of the United States, it’s no longer assumed that people go to worship every week. This makes conversations about faith challenging –but not impossible.


As a congregational consultant and millennial, here’s what I think you should know about millennials and faith.


We value spirituality and group connection. Contrary to statistics declaring the decline of religion in America, millennials do care about spirituality. It just looks different. Consider the Harvard Divinity study How We Gather. Thriving millennial movements like Crossfit and The Dinner Party draw upon common elements: community, personal and social transformation, purpose finding, creativity and accountability.


Action step: Evaluate which of those elements your congregation does well. Practice talking about those benefits and invite potential newcomers.


Value us through hospitality. I appreciate worship services that allow casual clothes and free coffee. It’s not about the cool leader in jeans or the best local brew. It’s about inviting us to come as we are. If it’s between wearing jeans and not showing up, it’s better to have us show up in jeans.


Action step: Take time to evaluate the new visitor experience. This list of 50 Ways to Welcome New People will help. While staying true to your congregation’s culture, eliminate unnecessary discomfort for visitors.


We are likely to question faith and require a safe space to do that. Rather than accepting doctrine or marketing, young adults prioritize exploration and personal experiences to determine their beliefs. This allows for rich, yet messy, thinking. Author of The New Copernicans Dr. John Seel explains this well. I highly recommend checking out his book.


Action step: Practice active listening and humility to prioritize relationships. This is especially important when the other person doesn’t share your beliefs. Celeste Headlee’s TEDTalk will help you brush up on conversation skills. Once you build a trusting space, it becomes easier to dialogue about faith.


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Congregational Resources during COVID-19

During the rapidly evolving pandemic, please know that your congregation is not alone. We offer this short list of resources that you might continue your work faithfully and safely.


Looking for different resources? Get information that meets your needs by connecting with us at info@thecrg.org or click Chat with an Expert at the bottom of this page.


Resource List for Online Church

This succinct guide quickly connects leaders to information on a variety of topics: COVID-19 processes and checklists, streaming software and equipment, faith formation, online giving and recorded webinars.


Concerning COVID-19

The Episcopal Church provides guidelines for compassionate Christians, instructions for live streaming and mass messaging, plus creative worship and faith formation resources.


Coronavirus Resources for the Church

This Wheaton College resource center offers a congregational planning manual (also available in Spanish), a free weekly webinar to prepare congregations for the coronavirus, a free online summit starting March 26, as well as tip sheets and links to top resources.


How to Lead Calmly in a Global Outbreak

In this article, experienced pastors George Mason and Mark Wingfield provide a pep-talk for faith leaders to lead calmly in a time of crisis.


Q&A: How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk of coronavirus

In this article, the chief medical officer at AARP offers advice for common COVID questions and how to support elderly loved ones.


Virtual Shabbat Box

Create a virtual shabbat with short meditations and readings. Instead of a physical group gathering, engage the senses through rituals that heal the body, mind, and spirit.


Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers official information for emergency planning and action steps, verified information about the virus, cleaning and disinfecting practices, and important organizational practices.


Three Big Communication Mistakes Organizations are Making During the COVID-19 Crisis

Communications leader Kem Meyer offers advice to organizations about communications during the pandemic.


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Scientists in Congregations
This website, emerging from a grant program of the John Templeton Foundation, provides a wealth of multimedia educational materials to encourage congregational dialogue exploring the coexistence of science and theology.
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Why We Aren't Learning
This article identifies four factors that keep congregational leaders from adapting.
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Endangered Churches
This 10-minute video surveys the changing landscape of sacred buildings in Philadelphia.
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Becoming an Adaptive Leader: Based on the Work of Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky
This article overviews an adaptive leadership process used to define challenges and help interpret the situation.
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How We Gather
This 22-page report helps readers understand how younger generations meet in community.
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Pro Church Tools
This hub for digital media provides training, tutorials, free templates and tools for congregations.
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Building the Church's Readiness for a Transformational Ministry Journey
This research-based article is a roadmap to transformative community ministry with seven readiness characteristics, action steps, and reflection questions.
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Something More
This visually-engaging report highlights 10 innovative faith communities to spark conversation about transforming religion in America. It was written as a follow up to How We Gather .
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Traditioned Innovation
This short article explains how congregations can achieve transformative change by upholding tradition while introducing innovation and growth.
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Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture
This book explains how media influences personal theology, providing tips to talk faith online and create a faith-based community response.
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The New Copernicans Series
This series of short videos explores the nuances of faith, meaning, and everyday life in the 21st century.
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Saturate
This organization equips churches to create disciples through small groups at homes, moving from Sunday programming to everyday life.
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Vital Congregations
This study of leaders across ten faith traditions defines spiritual vitality, reveals which factors help or hurt congregational vitality, and offers strategies to improve vitality.
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GreenFaith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth
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Black Millennials & the Church: Meet Me Where I Am
This collection of African American narratives and statistics offers practical strategies to reach and disciple Black young adults.
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Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project Resources and Solutions
This web page lists 40 practical inclusion resources with tips, examples and templates to address food allergies, b’ nei mitzvah, mental health and welcoming people of all abilities.
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Synagogue Inclusion Inventory & Focus Group Guidelines
This 11-page document gives leaders a process to assess their facility and conduct group interviews, evaluating the congregation's accessibility, policies, and awareness related to disabilities.
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Healing the Healers
This series of short videos offers peer support for faith leaders who respond to community-level trauma such as gun violence, disaster and suicide.
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Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection
This book offers stories and key strategies for conversation skills and meaningful human connection beyond digital devices.
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Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness
This uplifting book shares how leaders can build resilience through a daily discipline of Appreciative Inquiry and building relationships.
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My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
This book enlightens readers about generational trauma, its impact on the body, and how to heal the racialized trauma in America.
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What does it mean for a ministry to be trauma-informed?
This short article gives an overview of trauma-informed organizations and offers six key principles for ministries to adopt.
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What Manner of Woman
This 15-minute documentary celebrates black women, explains Womanist Theology, and highlights women’ s historic contributions to freedom and Liberation Theology.
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Dare to Lead
This book by Brene Brown shares research about brave leadership, four skills to lead boldly, and how to create a courageous organizational culture.
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Unite For Change
This Indianapolis-based organization supports community engagement and servant leadership to improve the quality of life among under-served, urban communities.
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Spiritual Leadership in a Secular World
This practical article offers four tips to balance the challenges of being a spiritual leader in a secular world.
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Twelve Characteristics for Effective 21st Century Ministry
This short article comments on pastoral leadership and highlights 12 leadership skills of effective clergy.
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Faith Formation Across the Generations
This article describes various aspects of intergenerational learning. Topics include the benefits of learning together, how to host a gathering, and ways to apply it in your congregation.
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Vibrant Faith Catalyst
This interactive hub connects faith formation leaders with like-minded peers and a wealth of free content.
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3 Big Communication Mistakes Organizations are Making During the COVID-19 Crisis
This no-nonsense article about communication during a crisis will help you look at the big picture, think creatively about leadership, and provide the information people need.
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Resource List for Online Church
Written during COVID-19, this succinct guide quickly empowers congregations to transition to online platforms.
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Concerning COVID-19
This website provides guidelines for compassionate congregations during a crisis, instructions for live streaming and mass messaging, plus creative worship and faith formation resources.
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Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers emergency planning guidelines and current information for congregations.
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Introduction to Live Streaming
This engaging webpage offers simple steps and video tutorials to start streaming your worship service on Facebook.
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How to Use Facebook Live: The Ultimate Guide
Written by marketers, this comprehensive article has step-by-step instructions to use Facebook Live and make compelling videos on your desktop or phone.
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Prayer of Examen
These poignant guided meditations by Fuller Studio facilitate the calming experience of contemplative prayer.
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Virtual Ministry Opportunities: Online Technology Resources
This resource page by The CME Church explains how and why to use online platforms during COVID-19 for streaming worship, online giving, and group meetings.
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ReOpening Church: Leading After COVID-19
This go-to staffing resource supports leaders on numerous topics to strategize and live into a new normal after COVID-19.
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Trauma and Healing Institute Resources
These downloadable resources support congregational mental health, especially in response to collective trauma such as COVID-19.
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Leading Church in Complex COVID-19 Times
This simple video orients leaders to the evolving impact of COVID-19. Then it explains how to shift to a hybrid model of small groups and online ministry.
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Returning to Church: Ministry in the COVID-19 Outbreak
This ecumenical document outlines specific reopening phases with recommendations for worship, programming, safety measures, and staff.
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Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return
This list of practical questions will help prepare staff and volunteers to reopen the congregation.
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7 Shifts Churches Need to Make Because of the Coronavirus
This article encourages intentional leadership shifts to remain vital during COVID-19.
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Managing Empty Buildings during COVID
This webinar highlights considerations for an empty worship facility such as safety, maintenance, community outreach, and neighborhood presence.
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The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online
This e-book compiles experiences, tips, and advice from faith leaders who adapted to online worship during COVID-19.
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Spiritual First Aid
This resource hub combines faith and psychology to empower you to care for others from a distance.
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Leadership and Grief: A Conversation for Pastors
This webinar provides models of grief and lament, coping mechanisms, leadership on trauma care, and considerations unique to the African American experience.
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Church Facility Management Solutions
This Facebook group of facility managers provides peer conversation and resources from Smart Church Solutions.
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