I wonder if rethinking the church library might be a way to tackle a manageable adaptive change for congregations being faced with even larger adaptive challenges. Let's discover new ways for church libraries to resource and bless congregations.
Lesli van Milligen
I work for Faith Formation Ministries and the Connections Project. I am also the Classis Toronto Youth Ministry Champion.
When change is needed, evaluating our own ministries can be difficult. Here are four ways to ward off ministry myopia and set your congregation up for success.
Sometimes we resist cross pollination out of fear. Fear of losing our youth to another youth group. Fear of our children leaving the protective bubble. The problem, of course, is the bubble works against resilience and spiritual confidence.
Rather than adding another program or creating a new ministry team, here’s one idea for enhancing one event most church members already enjoy: Add a storytelling activity to your next planned potluck.
Whoever designed the first Cracker Barrel restaurant was a genius. Everything in that place screams, "Welcome, we’ve been expecting you!" What if our church foyers radiated this same intentionality?
It can be tempting to fill volunteer spots and type schedules over the summer. But I've found that taking time to recalibrate can help us discover new ways of doing things and get excited for the year ahead.
I've spent plenty of time with other ministry leaders bemoaning the impact of the "fear of missing out" (FOMO). I'm done bemoaning this reality and instead want to ask: How can we find freedom from this idol?
Before the second half of your ministry season starts feeling too weighty, resolve to create some healthy ministry supports for yourself and for the folks you are ministering alongside.
Rather than advising flashier technology or younger staff, Growing Young helps churches address some cross-cultural barriers that will produce deeper, more lasting change in their engagement with today’s youth.
That nursery programs hold this much intergenerational ministry potential is often overlooked in churches where nursery is viewed as the hard to staff, catch all for kids who can’t be, or don’t want to be, in worship.
Thanks for your feedback, Mark. I hear what you are saying and I will have to give this some thought. Words matter. I do resonate with the idea of opportunity for the whole congregation to...posted on: Enough Room for Everyone
Thanks for sharing about what you are doing in your ministry, Albert. It shows a sensitivity to your students.posted on: Transitions