Navigating Grief in Children and Youth Ministry

Navigating Grief in Children and Youth Ministry

Our young people have been through a lot of compound grief in the last several years. Between school shootings and other forms of mass gun violence, racial injustice, and the ever-growing climate crisis, the youth in our communities are feeling the stresses of our society on top of a global pandemic that has killed over 6 million people. How do you minister to them during this time? In this webinar, New Church Ministry explores tangible ways we can minister to our young people and help them navigate the grief they are experiencing.

Trauma-informed Ministry in Pandemic Recovery

These past few years have been very strenuous for our whole community. With issues on top of the pandemic such as police violence, the threat of war, and other collective traumatic experiences, the need to not only understand how trauma affects an individual’s spirit but how to walk alongside those who are experiencing the responses to trauma is crucial in today’s age. The term ‘Trauma Informed Ministry’ is becoming more commonplace for congregations. Utilizing the work from the field of Trauma Informed Care, this New Church Hacks episode:
– Familiarized participants with the language of being trauma-informed
– Provided principles on how to help with trauma responses without retraumatizing individuals
– Explored spiritual practices that help to center oneself in traumatic experiences, and
– Shared how to form communities of care that are trauma-informed
Joining host Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez (interim Associate Minister of New Church Strategies) on this webinar were featured guests Rev. Dr. Irie Lynn Session (preacher at The Gathering: A Womanist Church), Rev. Dawn Bennett (Pastor Developer at The Table), and Joselyn Spence (Director of the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative of the National Benevolent Association).
New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This free webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check this page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!

Join our guests by signing up ahead of time or view our live video on our Facebook page.

Each episode is recorded and a link to it is emailed to all registrants, regardless of attendance.

Crucial Hacks to Decolonize Your Church

In recent years, the term “decolonization” has entered popular vocabulary, drawing attention to the role of religious organizations in gentrification and the history of colonial oppression. This subject is complex and frequently fraught with contradicting ideas about defining religious ideals, colonialism, and its victims. How can congregations uphold their standards while actively combating social injustice? In this New Church Hacks episode, we unpacked these ideas and:

– Focused on anti-racism as an approach to church development and community engagement

– Created space for conversations and practical ways in which to shape and reshape congregational DNA to reflect anti-racist discipleship

– Raised awareness of the ways in which your congregation is colonialist

The featured guests included Brandon Wrencher (Minister and Organizer of the Good Neighbor Movement), Naomi Washington-Leapheart (Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs for the City of Philadelphia and Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force), and Chris Morton (Regional Minister of Disciples of Christ in Nebraska and Director of Cotner College Educational Ministries).

A Dozen Hacks for Digital Disciple-Making

Season 3, Episode 3

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

The rise of social media has created so many more virtual discipleship possibilities. Because this world is still relatively new, you may find that you lack the necessary understanding to effectively make disciples of Jesus Christ online. This New Church Hacks episode will teach you how to develop in-demand digital media abilities that can be used for the glory of God:

  • Make digital discipleship a central part of your faith community’s ministry approach
  • Provide principles and practical instruction no matter the size of your place of worship
  • Make the Gospel accessible electronically through emerging technologies
  • Leverage digital strategies to lead members of your congregation into a deeper relationship with Christ
  • Fulfill the Great Commission using relevant, 21st Century tactics

Our featured guests were Phiwa Langeni (Ambassador for Innovation & Engagement with the Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD) in the United Church of Christ), Loren Baxter (Director of Technology Resources at Brite Divinity School), and Loren Richmond (pastor, podcaster, and social entrepreneur).

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Hybrid Church: Combining Online and In-Person Communities

Creating a hybrid church extends beyond Sunday morning. Bringing online and offline worship attendees together is only one step. To align your church with digital culture through hybrid experiences, we must find more creative practices than providing a dial-in for our events. In this New Church Hacks episode, New Church Ministry will

  • Explore what it means to bridge offline and online in faith formation and spiritual practice
  • Help participants deepen faith formation with technology
  • Support spiritual practice and authentic connection across multiple platforms
  • Discover good ideas with attendees to blend in-person worship with an online component — permanently
  • Form diverse teams and make mission plans more efficiently

The current featured guests include Danielle Kosanovich DeNise (Director for Evangelical Mission, North Carolina Synod of ELCA),  Jose Martinez (Associate Minister of New Church Strategies for New Church Ministry) and Rebecca Davis (Associate Professor of Christian Education for Union Presbyterian Seminary).

Please note that there was no Q&A after the webinar, as we live streamed this episode to our Facebook page.

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Restart, Reengage, Revision: Post-Pandemic Prep (Q&A)

As your place of worship reopens its physical doors, how can you build community and BE a new church in a post-pandemic world? How does the coronavirus affect your congregation and neighborhood?

Join us on New Church Ministry‘s Facebook page, where Terrell and the episode’s featured guests stream a live Q&A along with Jose Martinez (Associate Minister of New Church Strategies).

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Restart, Reengage, Revision: Post-Pandemic Prep (webinar)

As your place of worship reopens its physical doors, how can you build community in a post-pandemic world? How does the coronavirus affect your congregation and neighborhood? How can you BE a new church in a post-pandemic reality?

Exploring ASL in Communal Care

The New Wave Pentecost Series: ASL as Communal Care!

Have you been searching for ways to show deeper levels of compassion to members of your community? Has the reality of living through multiple waves of the pandemic caused you to feel isolated and cut off? Do you have an interest in joining a movement that provides more (w)holistic care?

If so, New Church Ministry and My SupaNatural Life invite you to participate in their powerfully interactive webinar series where you can discover new ways of communicating the Word of God!

Our first webinar focuses on expanding communal care for those who are hard of hearing or deaf.

  • Watch as an individual, group, or community to learn American Sign Language (ASL) together
  • Learn more about new technological advancements that are allowing us to communicate with even more members of our global village
  • Identify ways to increase accessibility at home, at work, and in the world
  • Experience a fun time engaging in creativity and community
Secure a Firm Financial Foundation: Q&A

Secure a Firm Financial Foundation: Q&A

In “Secure a Firm Financial Foundation,” New Church Ministry’s last webinar of the year, host Terrell L McTyer and his featured guests explored what significant changes could revolutionize giving at your church.

Afterwards, they were joined by Lisa Pilat, Building Manager and Church Manager/Bookkeeper for a live question and answer period on Facebook Live.

Secure a Firm Financial Foundation: Webinar

Building a budget, eliminating debt, and investing your savings will help your community of faith build a solid financial foundation for long-term success. What simple but significant changes could revolutionize giving at your church? In this New Church Hacks webinar, we will:

– Discover how vision clarity gives your stewardship life
– Learn how generous leadership draws followers
– Construct pillars for financial success
– Understand the spiritual relationship between scarcity and abundance
– Celebrate what you have, not what you don’t

The episode’s featured guests included Belinda King (Building and Capital Services Advisor for and Vice President of Disciples Church Extension Fund), Bruce Barkhauer (Director of the Center for Faith and Giving), and Mike Mather (pastor of First United Methodist Church Boulder, Colorado and the author of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places).