Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. The Holy Living Series (Abingdon), ed. Elaine Heath, includes Prayer by Ray Buckley and other four-week studies on the spiritual practices of Discernment, Neighboring, and Worship.  Volumes on Celebration, Confession, Simplicity, and Study will follow next year. Illustrated Children’s Ministry launches an intergenerational resource, the Illustrated Worship […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. In How to Be an Antiracist (One World), Ibram X. Kendi guides us to move beyond the “not racist” defense.  Mashable outlines six steps.  Kendi shares media.  See our list of resources on race and privilege. Bullets into Bells, a poetry collection, and “Guns Don’t Kill People, People […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. Bless This Mess:  A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World (Convergent) by Molly Baskette and Ellen O’Donnell has a companion reading guide.  Baskette has written about church renewal, telling stories in worship, and  remembering grandparents and pets. Joining studies on the refugee crisis […]

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Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. Bible Basics Storybook (Abingdon) by Brittany Sky accompanies the Bible Story Basics curriculum for ages 3-12. At Psalms School/En la escuela de los Salmos (GIA) by John D. Witvliet, María Eugenía Cornou, and Joel Schoon-Tanis has companion music resources and a downloadable Adult Guide by Robert J. […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room) by Henri J.M. Nouwen and Nathan Ball is a four-week guide that includes the original text, commentary, questions, prompts, and suggestions for group reflection. Creator of Teen Text and Reading Between the Lines lectionary studies, The Educational Center now […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. It Feels Good to Be Yourself (Henry Holt) by Theresa Thorn is a book about gender identity for ages 4-8.  Other recent and notable picture books for ministry include The Don’t Worry Book (Little, Brown) by Todd Parr and Where Are You From? (HarperCollins) by Yamile Saied […]

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Visit or email The Ministry Lab at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities for point-of-need consulting and access to resources.  Summer hours are Tuesday through Thursday noon-4:00 and by appointment:  ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.  Please note that staff will not be available at The Ministry Lab during the MN UMC’s Annual Conference June 18-19. Check six ministry […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. A free screening of Angst, a documentary about anxiety, at Plymouth Congregational Church May 30 will be followed by a conversation on how the church can better support children, youth, and families living with mental health challenges. The film’s website offers resources.  This is a ConNext Community […]

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Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. Jean Vanier and Rachel Held Evans are featured in films from The Work of the People.  On Being shares an interview with Vanier.  We Need Each Other (Paraclete, 2018) is Vanier’s most recent book. In Mindful Parent, Mindful Child (Sounds True), Susan Kaiser Greenland introduces 30 short […]

Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post. Preaching in the Purple Zone (Rowman & Littlefield) by Leah D. Schade equips preachers to address vital justice issues.  Find discussion and study questions and more at The Purple Zone.  Schade is the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching (Chalice, 2015).  She writes at EcoPreacher. Everyday Family Faith (Faith […]