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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Youth Ministry in the Black Church
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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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Budgets and Finance
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Welcoming All Abilities
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Using Social Media in Your Congregation
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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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Leading Spiritual Growth
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Mental Health and Healing for the Holidays
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Navigating Loss, Grief, and Pastoral Care during the Pandemic
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Caring for Mental Health
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Creative Resources
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Responding to Mass Violence
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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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The Work Of The People
This media library provides artistic visuals and creative short films that declare scriptural truth.
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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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The Learning Congregation
This essay discusses eight behaviors of congregations that learn well.
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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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Church Community Builder
This member management software connects congregations in its giving, volunteers, small groups, child check-in, communication, and a customized app.
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WordPress
This organization hosts template-based websites and allows users to customize their web presence.
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Sharefaith
This organization provides template-based church websites with a suite of other helpful communication tools.
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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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Prophetic Lament: A Call For Justice In Troubled Times
This text unpacks the book of Lamentations, providing historical context and practical strategies to lament corporately and individually.
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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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28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church
This short blog by a small church pastor provides new factors to consider for envisioning vitality beyond numbers and dollars.
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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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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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Black Church Network Delivers Fresh Food, Soil to Sanctuary
This article shares how Black churches improve food accessibility and community health by starting local gardens.
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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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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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Girt Enterprises
This consulting group led by Rev. John E. Girton provides marketing services and media training so congregations can get their message to the right audiences.
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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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Church Music in the Age of COVID
In this recorded webinar worship leaders outline how to adjust worship planning and adapt choir rehearsals during social distancing.
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10 Ways to Appropriately Respond to Racially-Fueled Events
This workshop shares 10 ways faith leaders can process and respond to racially fueled violence like police shootings.
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For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies
This article offers practical steps to support people of color and racial justice.
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Race and Faith: Building Our Community
This recorded series explores racism and how faith leaders can be part of the solution in their communities.
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Ways Your Congregation Can Act Now for Racial Justice
This article lists 10 clear ways to actively support racial justice. It also links to further resources.
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Racial Reconciliation and Systemic Racism
This resource hub educates congregations about racial justice from a faith perspective.
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How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
In this webinar Dr. Frank Thomas shares how to preach and promote justice with moral imagination.
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Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
BEAM provides emotional health care, resources, and healing for Black communities.
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4 VBS Strategies for This Summer
This booklet offers strategies to adjust your summer programming due to COVID-19.
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The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism
This book and accompanying DVD calls for honest reflection and urgent steps to undo racist systems within the church.
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Resources for a Church that Wants to Fight for Black Lives
This guide helps congregations educate themselves about systemic racism and move toward racial justice.
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Teaching Tolerance
This resource hub helps students K-12 to learn about diversity and social justice issues.
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Pastoral Care in the Time of COVID-19
This curated list of resources helps faith leaders tend to unique circumstances such as mourning from a distance, virtual rituals, 12-step groups, domestic violence, and grief.
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Mental Health Tips for African Americans to Heal after Collectively Witnessing an Injustice
This video provides mental health ideas and resources to cope with racial trauma and social distancing.
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Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health
This resource hub provides colorful tip sheets, self-screening, and mental health resources for Latinx communities.
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COVID-19 Grief Guide
This informative resource from the Funeral Service Foundation helps people understand and navigate loss during the pandemic.
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The Pandemic's Impact on Funerals
This short video provides insight into funeral options and Jewish burials during COVID-19.
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Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice
This book explains racial reconciliation and practical steps for predominantly white organizations.
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Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide
This book equips clergy to skillfully preach and facilitate congregational dialogue about divisive justice issues.
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Church Media Spot
This website lists top places to find free media assets and tech software for congregations.
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The Liturgy of Politics
This engaging book calls Evangelical Christians to reflect Jesus in political life by wrestling with complex theological convictions and adopting spiritual practices that form positive political action.
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The Witness of the Church and a Critical Presidential Election
In this panel discussion, faith leaders discuss human flourishing in America and the experiences of Black and Brown communities. Then they encourage civil dialogue and political action.
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Vote Fielmente: útiles de participación electoral
La guía provee información y herramientos para inscribirse y promover el derecho al voto.
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Technology and Distanced Worship Resources
This resource list provides basic training for worship technology and strategies to stay connected as a community.
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Manage Stress and Cultivate Resiliency
This webinar provides mental health practices for coping during COVID-19 and racial unrest.
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35 by Her Thirty-Fifth: Affirmations and Strategies for Women
This article offers personal and professional affirmations for women to lead.
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4 Opportunities for the Church in the Current Political Tension
This article shares strategies for congregations to be part of the solution during divisive times.
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Strategies for Educating African American Adults
This engaging, challenging, and practical book equips Christians to teach, learn, and prepare for effective ministry in the African American church and community.
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Precepts for Living Digital
This mobile-friendly website helps individuals and groups study the Bible in depth, anywhere at anytime. The curriculum is based on International Uniform Bible Lessons and references the New Living Testament.
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Sunday School Center
This website offers Sunday School ideas, helpful advice, and much needed encouragement for faith leaders.
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Sunday School Made Simple
These weekly video lessons provide nourishment and scripture study at a distance or on-the-go.
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Ministering for Mental Health
This resource page provides practical tools for congregational leaders to support mental health. Topics include responding to suffering, creating healing space, starting a mental health ministry, child and teen mental health, addiction, coping and self-compassion.
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Maintain Mental Health During the Holidays
This NAMI article offers simple strategies to stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 holidays.
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Checking In: Self-soothing exercises
This short podcast episode demonstrates mindful self-compassion with practical breathing exercises.
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Louisville Seminary Counseling Center
This counseling center provides a variety of mental health services to adults, families, and children.
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5 Smart Ways to Recruit Tech Volunteers
This article suggests strategies to find new volunteers and to make volunteering part of the congregation’ s culture.
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6 Keys to Create Volunteer-Friendly AV Rooms
This article suggests ways to simplify worship technology so it can be run by volunteers.
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Advice from 11 Church Tech Teams
This list of advice helps technology leaders avoid common mistakes and establish a strong media ministry.
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The Church has a Role to Play in Implementing COVID Vaccine
This article explores biblical reasons to support the COVID-19 vaccine with actionable steps for clergy.
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With Science and Scripture, Pastor Fights Vaccine Skepticism
Pastor Terris King shares how he encourages COVID-19 precautions in black communities through preaching, education, and science.
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Bio-Ethical Questions about COVID Vaccines
This Christianity Today article provides data, historical context, and Christian perspectives regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Still Standing Magazine
This online community provides resources for those grieving child loss and infertility.
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Anchored: A Bible Study for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
This book invites parents to grieve in an honest and faith-filled way that anchors them to God.
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Asher, My Son: A Year in the Life of a Childless Father
This book shares a father's experience and complex grief after having a stillborn son.
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Our Heaven Baby
This children’ s book with beautiful illustrations can help kids grieve and dream about a lost sibling.
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When Will Churches Be Back? Vital Info for Churches
This brief interview provides a data-driven perspective about vaccines and when it's safe to worship in person.
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Responding When People Disagree with Your Church Reopening Plan
This article provides six ways for leaders to handle conflict and pushback about reopening.
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Latinx Parenting
This bilingual organization supports parents to raise children with cultural healing, decolonization practices, cultural sustenance, and justice work.
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An African American and Latinx History of the United States
This book tells America's history through the African American and Latinx lenses, exposing harmful historic systems that prevent civil rights today.
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Asian American Christian Collaborative
This ecumenical organization highlights various Asian American experiences and provides resources to explore racial justice and personal identity.
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Youth Ministry in This Season of Disruption
This practical book written in the midst of COVID-19 helps youth leaders pivot and take action to support youth.
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Tips for Live Streaming Video on YouTube
This article provides a quick tutorial of how to live stream to YouTube.
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Be the Bridge
Addressing systemic racism within the church, this book facilitates restorative reconciliation through discussion, lament, confession, repentence, and forgiveness.
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20 Tips to Use Google Search Efficiently
This article provides powerful tips to solve and troubleshoot technical problems by using Google.
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Waving the Banner for Youth Ministry
This podcast episode features youth worker Mark Oestreicher discussing COVID-19 and innovation, doing youth ministry well, and developmental needs of middle schoolers.
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Youth Ministry During the Pandemic
These webinars offer culturally competent youth strategies to stay connected and maintain overall wellness while social distancing.
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The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Determine the Future
This book provides coaching and strategies to live into the possibilities of the post COVID-19 church.
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Creating Church Online with Tim Hutchings
This interview explores common questions about building online communities and how virtual churches initially started in 2004.
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An Early Warning System for Your Team's Stress Level
This article lists practical ways to help your team recognize and manage unhealthy stress.
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Straight White American Jesus
This podcast offers in-depth examination of of Evangelical Christian nationalism and its impact of society, hosted by two evangelical ministers turned into religion professors.
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Religious Parenting: Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America
This book explains how kids learn religious beliefs, values, and practices from their parents.
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Torah of the Earth
This recorded webinar series shares the ancient wisdom of the Torah and how to engage with elements of the earth.
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How Online Giving Helps Fund Ministry
This webinar shares data, trends, and practical strategies to transition to online giving.
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What Should Post-Pandemic Religion Look Like?
This e-book outlines 10 insights religious leaders need to consider to survive and thrive in the next decade.
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Imagining a Hybrid Future
This podcast considers how congregations can focus their post-pandemic ministry to reach people in person and online.
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Pass the Mic
This weekly podcast from The Witness Black Christian Collective offeres engaging interviews and discussions relevant to the African American experience.
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Letter from Birmingham Jail
This historic letter from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses nonviolent protest, segragation, oppression, racial justice, the white moderate, and activism.
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Worship in Times of Crisis and Trauma
This panel discussion provides insight to manage disasters and traumas in the congregation and community.
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Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues
This book explains group dynamics and how to effectively facilitate race conversations.
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Preaching in the Interim: Transitional Leadership in the Latino/a Church
This collection of sermons by an interim pastor highlights the urban Latino/a experience and shares wisdom for preaching as an interim minister.
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Appreciative Leadership: Building a Thriving Organization
This video explains positive psychology leadership and relational strategies to collaborate and create the future.
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