Six New Things

Leigh Finke has edited two helpful books: one for your teens: Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens (Augsburg Fortress) offers “insight and support from an amazing group of LGBTQ+ professionals, as well as testimonies from young adult queer Christians who’ve recently been exactly where” your questioning teens are; and one for you and other adults/mentors: Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth (Broadleaf). Use them both to let your LGBTQ+ teens know they are beloved children of God!

The illustrated, She’s My Dad (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), narrated from a child’s perspective, explains why misgendering is damaging and emphasizes the need to treat trans people with respect (for ages ~3-7); a helpful read for children who have a family member who is transitioning.

As students, teachers and parents transition into what is assuredly the most unusual, anxiety-ridden and complicated school year any of us has seen, Rev. Elsa Cook, from her blog Cooking with Elsa, offers a slough of Backpack Blessings in Coronatide. There are some excellent ideas in here.

On another note: David Zahl’s Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It (Broadleaf) might open some eyes and generate interesting and fruitful discussions.

Speaking of fruitfulness: LeaderWise is offering a September-long, on-line series on Leading in Tumultuous Times: get enriched so you can bear good fruit in your ministry; the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is offering their 2020-2021 Anti-Racism Spiritual Pilgrimage and Lewis Center for Church Leadership suggests 8 Steps for Moving from Protest Moment to Social Action Movement so leaders can help us all bear the good fruits of justice and equity.

Continuing in our fruit-bearing theme: LCCL also suggests 3 Ways to Reset Your Stewardship Ministry in the Midst of Covid19 and Worship Times chimes in with Online Giving in the Year 2020.

Speaking of fruit: The Ministry Lab is delighted to announce the launch of our new website in early September! (As a result of which, there won’t be much new fruit appearing on our old site.)

We’ll have a “soft launch” September 1. Check out our new logo and get a guided virtual tour of the new site with two “Blue Whirl Webinars”, hosted by Ministry Lab Director Rev. Emily Meyer on Thursdays, September 3 & 10 at 12:00/noon CST.

(Email Emily at for the zoom link).

We’re excited to unveil:

  • new opportunities for sharing resources with one another
  • new opportunities to learn from inspiring voices
  • and new ways to dive deep into a variety of topics via our pre-curated libguides
  • all on a more user-friendly platform.
  • We also look forward to your feedback, so we can tweak anything that isn’t ideal.

We’ll have a full launch on Monday, September 14. Watch for our new url in the last week of August!!