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Jump Start Your Ministry with Practical Resources for Churches

If you have enjoyed our recent Building Faith webinars, then you will love the webinars provided by Practical Resources for Churches. Free to access!

6 Ways to Build Relationships in Youth Ministry

Relationships continue to be at the heart of fruitful ministry, especially with teenagers. Here are practical ideas for reaching out to youth.

5 Tips for Engaging Young Families at Church

There is no magic formula to engaging families, but these tips and resources will help you start small, consider your context, and move forward.

Choosing a New Curriculum? Read This First!

  “Take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity, among other factors.”     Matching Resources to Church Identity Every year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) gets phone calls and emails from alumni, clergy, and […]

Church Welcome Bags for Children

Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.

Want Easter Guests to Come Back? Invite Them to Your Next Big Thing

Inviting your guests to what is coming up next at your church is an important part of welcoming and evangelism. Easter affords an opportunity to welcome large numbers of new faces to the Next Big Thing with your congregation.

Building Faith Does Ash Wednesday: 8 Helpful Posts

“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.

Looking for Sunday School and Youth Group Games?

Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.

Webinar: Planning for Lent (Recording and Resources)

Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.

Youth Group, Teens, Smartphones… What’s the Answer?

Ministry leaders have an opportunity to take what the common tools of technology in our culture to be a reminder of Christ’s presence with us.

Books on Death and Grief

A variety of books on death and grief for all audiences from children and teens to adults, for those helping others cope with grief and for those grieving themselves.

Teaching Advent, with Hymns!

Advent hymns teach the season’s lessons of expectation and preparation with tunes that stick and lyrics that connect our lives to Scriptural themes.

A Call to Pastors: Keep Writing Thank You Notes

This ministry of gratitude is essential, for it reflects our gratitude to God for the many gifts and blessing we have received through the people who serve God and the church.

Teacher Tip: Creating Lessons that Engage Teenagers

Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.

Clothesline Collects: Leading Children to Prayer

Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.

Freshly Brewed: 5 New Ideas for Coffee Hour

With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.

Electronic Giving: It’s a Hospitality Issue

Charitable giving in the U.S. continues to grow, and e-Giving is by far the preferred method. How can churches make e-giving an option for parishioners of all ages?

Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Fruits in Due Season: Growing Faith in the Summer Months

Growing food from the earth is much like growing faith. The growing never really ends, and the fruits of the spirit appear.

Spiritual Fun with Dry Erase Markers

Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!