Katie Lindberg


The retired director of the Northwest Center for Congregations office, Katie Linsberg is a skilled counselor, group facilitator and spiritual director.

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Talking About Racism

Many congregations are looking for resources to help them talk about racism. White congregations want to prepare for dialogue with their multi-cultural neighbors. They want to learn more about the historical roots of racism and how it has become ingrained through social and economic structures.

Among the many fine books available, there is one curriculum that stands out as practical, accessible, and free. White Privilege: Let’s Talk – a Resource for Transformational Dialogue is a free, downloadable curriculum from the United Church of Christ.

It is designed to engage participants in “safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold” conversations on race. The curriculum contains background reading, webinars, and a conversation guide.

To get a feel for the material, it may be helpful to watch one of the five accompanying webinars, such as Whiteness as the Norm. For congregations who want to delve more deeply into racial issues impacting communities of faith, take a look at https://thecrg.org/search/results?query=race.

Eight Urban Ministry Strategies
This article argues for a holistic approach and strategic planning to create effective urban ministry.
Churches, Culture, and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities
Designed for congregational leaders who value cultural diversity and want to build intercultural and interethnic relationships, this book argues that our cultural diversity is both a gift and call.
To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church
This practical guide for the Black Church provides a model for social justice ministries. The book includes examples, justice strategies, community asset mapping, and communication essentials.
The Urban Christian: Effective Ministry in Today's Urban World
This practical guide provides tools useful for urban ministry, challenging leaders to articulate their purpose and outlining a process consisting of leadership development and networking that is useable for all participants.
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Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)’ s website shimmers with enthusiasm and dedication to provide tools and information about asset-based practice, while it also considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.
Urban Ministry: An Introduction
This book combines theory and practical tips to place urban ministry front and center, defining the seven core values of urban ministry and equipping readers with action steps.
Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide To Doing Social Justice Work In Your Jewish Community
This workbooks offers four steps for synagogues who want to make social justice work a priority, outlining concrete strategies for implementing each step.
Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward
This edited volume equips congregations to form a response to the impact of incarceration on the African American community, highlighting useful resources while making the case for both care and advocacy.
Christian Community Development Association
This organization provides resources and training to Christian congregations who want to connect with and help develop under-resourced communities.
Immigration: Tough Questions, Direct Answers
This resource offers a clear and concise overview of U.S. immigration, describing key historical events, terms, and concepts to place immigration into a global context.
Church Leader's Guide to Immigration
This practical article is formatted around a series of questions and answers for church leaders on the frontlines of ministry with and for immigrant communities.
Engaging Immigration
This downloadable resource is designed to help leaders think strategically and biblically about how their congregation can engage immigration.
This organization provides resources, including three short documentaries, for starting conversations within your congregation about discriminatory language against people of non-majority races, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic levels.
Center for Transforming Communities
This organization provides guidance for congregations to be more active in their communities and initiate holistic change in their neighborhoods.
PovertyCure: From Aid to Enterprise
This network of organizations promotes solutions for poverty that empower poor communities and move beyond assistance.
TechMission, Inc.
This organization uses technology to connect resources and volunteers to individuals in need, primarily in low-income communities. They also provide free online resources for congregations about many topics, from fundraising to urban evangelism.
The Immigration Alliance
The Immigration Alliance seeks to cultivate relationships among immigrants and churches by providing congregations with training regarding immigration legal services and counseling.
The Inner City Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru)
This organization partners with inner-city churches to develop new disciples while addressing the material needs of inner-city community members through resources and training.
World Relief
This organization employs principles of transformational development to empower local churches to engage in global mission.
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