Best practices and innovative ideas for congregational life
Cybersecurity Best Practices for Churches
Congregations are responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of the data stored on their computers with the same standard of care and confidentiality applied to paper records. There are a few key things you can do to strengthen your congregation’s cybersecurity defenses. This document is by no means an authoritative or comprehensive compendium on cybersecurity, as cyber threats are always changing and therefore require best practices to be updated regularly, but here are some helpful tips to help mitigate the risk.
Ways to Be a Church that Visitors Will Want to Call Home
Ty Ragan and his family searched for a church home for a long time before they decided to stay at Centennial Presbyterian Church in Calgary. It was not the big things that inspired them to stay at Centennial, but the small things. Being a church that visitors will want to return to is about being like Jesus. The tips in this resource, modelled on Jesus’ way of welcoming others, will help your church be the kind of place that people will want to call home.
Ways for Churches to Create Partnerships in their Local Communities
God is already powerfully at work in the community, and your church was put there for a reason. This resource contains tips for how your church can build relationships and create partnerships with other organizations and people doing God’s work in your community.
Recommended by Presbyterian Leaders in Canada: 12 Must-Read Books
Presbyterians love to read! We get asked for book recommendations on all different topics related to ministry on a regular basis. This time, we decided to ask you—leaders in Presbyterian ministries in Canada—what books you’d recommend for other leaders. Responding to the question, “What book has most influenced your ministry in the last year,” your colleagues and peers provided the 12 must-read recommendations.
Ways to Be a Great Church Greeter
Greeters are a vital part of a church’s ministry by ensuring that all who enter receive a warm greeting, the information they need to feel comfortable, and a friendly connection they can rely on before and after the service. As you strive to be the greeter that others remember as having warmly welcomed them into the church, this resource contains some important things to keep in mind.
How to Support Young Adult Leadership
In May 2018, fourteen young adults, aged 18–28, participated in a consultation to discuss mission and ministry. Although the participants had differing perspectives on many issues, they had one important thing in common: they cared about the PCC and they want to be a part of it. This resource shares their suggestions on how congregations can support young adults to fully participate in the life of church.
Tips for the Effective Use of Photography
Images play an important part in enabling you to tell your congregation’s story online. As more images are shared on your website and social channels, it is important that leaders know when, how and why permission is needed for photography and videography at congregational events. This resource contains tips for ensuring you have the consent necessary to use and share images of congregational life at your church.
Tips to Rock Your Church Newsletter
A church newsletter is an effective way to communicate important church news and information with members of your congregation and the wider community. Use these newsletter writing tips to better help people stay connected through updates and announcements and draw people in closer to your church’s mission and ministry.
Ways to Be a Caring Church Community
Pastoral care is one of the most powerful ways we can demonstrate the love of God to one another. It must not be left to the minister and elders alone; God calls all of us to love each other. How well we care for each other will influence how well we care for our neighbours. This resource will help you build or strengthen the culture of caring in your church.
Joining the Joyful Feast: From Food Ministry to Worship
People are hungry for deep conversations and meaningful relationships. Whether a congregation is feeling called to start a dinner church or to strengthen an existing ministry, it is important to prioritize relationship-building and truly celebrate the loving bonds that Christ makes possible for us to have with each other. In this resource, you will find tools that can be used to foster strong and genuine relationships in your ministry.
Addressing Conflicts of Interest
Life in a community is filled with joys but also conflict and fostering a community of trust and transparency is an important and perpetual task for leaders if they are to maintain a ministry focused on mission and service rather than one preoccupied by avoidable distractions. This resource explores church-based examples of conflict of interest, responsibilities of the individual and governing bodies to help inform the creation of a conflict of interest policy.
The Culture of Change
The continuing process of restoring the life, worship and mission of the church inevitably involves change under the continuing guidance of the Spirit. However, proposing and implementing a change (no matter how small) often mobilizes resistance; which is normal—we all like what we know. This resource shares thoughts on the pastoral aspects of change to help leaders and groups as they contemplate and engage in change.
Trust: The Boundaries of Community
Trust is an essential aspect of all relationships. Establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries related to discretion and confidentiality are ways healthy pastoral relationships are forged and nurtured. This resource focuses on the considerations that church leaders (elders, church school teachers, camp staff, youth leaders, ministers, parish nurses and all others who are in positions of leadership and trust) should take to ensure the safety of those in their community and circle of care.
Volunteering in the Church
It is simply mind-boggling to imagine what could happen if every member of Christ’s church were actively engaged in some form of volunteerism within the church and community. What things might be accomplished for the kingdom of God! This booklet is a practical guide to equipping the people of God for ministry in the local congregation.
A Focus on Leading with Care
The PCC is actively committed to training and supporting teachers and leaders so they are equipped for their ministry tasks. This resource contains tips on the second phase of implementing Leading with Care, focusing on working with teachers and leaders, and includes a checklist that congregations (ministries) may use as part of the required annual reporting to presbytery (or supervisory body).
Your Church Needs a Website. Might as Well Make it Awesome
You care deeply about your congregation. You want your church to be a relevant part of your community, engaged and engaging with people, teaching about Christ, serving others and worshipping God. Whether you want to build your website or make the best of your existing site, this resource is packed with tips to help you get your site to world-wide-wow status.
Churches and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect in 2014. This law impacts how we communicate with our constituents. Given there is a great deal of confusion as to how churches are impacted by the legislation, this resource helps you determine what, if any, adjustments you need to make to your electronic communication.
Leading Congregations to Vitality
Leading Through Change – A Story from a Two-Point Charge
Top 10 Leadership Lessons for Congregations
In 2013, Jessica Foy was a student at Knox College and attended the Annual Recreation Workshop (ARW) in Montreat, North Carolina. Her experiences led her to reflect on how congregations of the PCC develop leaders. This resource contains Jessica’s summary of the lessons she learned along with her suggestions of how they might be applied. Questions are offered to help you and your congregation reflect on these lessons.