We recently caught up with the Rev. Ramelle McCall, Urban Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. After giving a tour of Church of Holy Trinity, he shared the opportunities and challenges of ministry in West Baltimore.
Church leaders can make a significant impact through curation: the intentional, thoughtful, and organized process of recommending the best resources, for people to easily access and benefit from them.
Big picture thinking plus practical resources for stewardship and giving. Diane Wright and Carolyn Moomaw Chilton share their wisdom in this free webinar.
If you have enjoyed our recent Building Faith webinars, then you will love the webinars provided by Practical Resources for Churches. Free to access!
Easter Monday... you made it! The resurrection unfolds into a season of new life. What does it hold for you? Encouraging words from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.
Church vitality is more than counting heads on Sunday. Recognizing your congregations' open doors - its assets - can lead to strengthened attendance.
The first of two articles on church vitality. How has attendance been measured in the past and what are the most cited causes for the changes we are seeing.
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.
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.
Pre-planning allows youth ministers to create and develop rich patterns of intentional discipleship, and it allows them to do this as a community, collaborating with both the mission and vision of the church, as well as the specific heart’s desires of the youth group community
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?
Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.
The church shines at VBS: showing values of community, education, Scripture, and nurturing children. As a clergy person VBS is particularly powerful.
Most churches see attendance decline in the summer, but here are ways to buck the trend, and build spiritual connection throughout the season.
Leading a group can feel intimidating. Planning, knowing your group, and sticking with main ideas will make you more comfortable as you lead.
A well-crafted and clearly stated announcement invites people into the work of God your congregation is engaged in.
Will our children be generous? Will they give to others and to the church? Children's stewardship starts when adults and churches model generosity.
Young or old, lay or ordained, what are the four qualities needed to be a great minister in the church? Bishop Shand tells us the four questions he asks, directly or indirectly, to every minister.
Well curated and trusted websites are critical tools for Christian formation professionals and volunteers. These are two of our favorites.
As church members travel in the summer, "flat Jesus" is a fun an interactive way to stay connected with the church and build community through social media.