Frequently Asked Questions about the RCC

The Resource Center for Churches equips you for vibrant ministry. Here, we demystify our project.

Who can use the Resource Center for Churches?
Every church and ministry of the Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, and Synod of Lakes and Prairies (PCUSA) is a member of the RCC. Anyone—clergy, staff, and lay—from these churches is welcome to contact us for consultation and access to recommended ministry resources. Others can join.

What’s a ministry resource?
Traditionally, we think of ministry resources as books, DVDs, and curriculum. While these remain important, websites, blogs, streaming video, podcasts and other resources offer essential support for creative, vital ministries. Gatherings, organizations, people, and ideas are also key resources.

What is the RCC? Is it a lending library?
The RCC is located in the Minnesota Church Center in Minneapolis.  Anyone from our partner churches can visit and borrow materials or ask us to mail them. It is also a network of faith community leaders sharing their experience and wisdom.

You focus on education, right?
While we have a strong history with faith formation of young people and adult small groups, we resource every area of church life, including leadership and vitality, worship planning, stewardship, pastoral care, communications, and outreach to the neighborhood and world.

What do you mean by consultation?
Email, visit or call us with any question about ministry resources. There may be one resource that meets your need, or you may want to look at a few options.  You can borrow curriculum, books and DVDs.  We often respond by email with links to resources for you to review.

Can you give some examples of questions people ask?
“We are rethinking our Sunday School program.  Can you tell us about some alternatives?”
“Tell us about the best resources on racism/white privilege.”
“What resources are there to help us plan intergenerational worship/events?”
“Do you know of any resources I can give to a teen who is grieving?”

“What stewardship resources do you recommend?”
“How can we welcome children with learning differences like autism spectrum disorder or ADHD?”
“What’s new for Advent?  Lent?”

Why would I contact you instead of finding my own resources online? I already know of more resources than I’ll ever have time to use!
Of course, you have favorite ministry resources, and places to find them. But the field of available church resources is overwhelming. Searching for excellent resources that fit your church is a time-consuming and daunting task: we think you have better things to do.

When you contact the RCC, you tap into a network of leaders rather than asking one “expert.” We share the recommendations, experience, and wisdom of our users, lifting up quality, appropriate resources from a huge array of ecumenical and denominational sources across the mainline. We shine when we connect you with great resources you may not have found without the support of the wider community of faith.

What other reasons might I have to contact you?
You may want to preview a DVD, curriculum or other resource before you buy it.  You may be beginning a new kind of ministry, or you may be supporting someone who is.  You may want to make an appointment and bring your team if you are planning or revisioning a ministry.  You may have a specific query–or you may just want to see what’s new and spark ideas.  You may want to take some time to reflect and nurture yourself.

Is all this free?
Through judicatory support, consultation and use of our library is free for our member congregations. We ask that churches using labyrinths and some of our DVD studies share some of the cost.

You lend canvas labyrinths?
We do! Contact us to reserve.

Anything else?
Yes.  Our weekly post, Six New Things, is a quick way to stay on top of notable resources:  subscribe to receive it via email, and like us on Facebook.  Visit us at rcc-mn.org to find the best resources on a variety of popular topics.  Our curriculum page makes sense of the vast array of options. And our curated list of links connects you with the best web resources for ministry.

Invite staff and lay leaders of your church to check us out. And consider telling us about a resource that has worked for your church.  We love to share the expertise of our users, and we are grateful for your participation.