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General Resources


The following resources have been found to be useful to a number of our smaller churches.  If you have come across any others which you think would be valuable in to smaller churches, please contact Hilary Taylor.
 
Worship Resources
WorshipCentral Worship leading course
A seven session course that looks at some of the theological and practical issues around leading worship.
 
EngageWorship Engage Worship training, workshops and events
Training, input and inspiration in creative, innovative worship for your worship group, leadership team or church network
 
ResoundWorship Resound Worship
A collective of British worship songwriters seeking to resource the church with songs that engage heart, mind and soul. Their desire is to share these songs as widely as possible, so many of their resources are completely free.
 
Musicademy Musicademy training days
Each year Musicademy offers a small number of 'public' training days of worship training seminars.  In addition, their team are available for bespoke training at your church.  They also provide a range of resources for musicians in the 'products' section of the website.
SermonSpice Sermon Illustrations
Sermonspice offers sermon illustration videos, worship backgrounds, and church countdowns
 
Preaching Preaching.com
Sermon.com provides tools and ideas for pastors and church leaders to help them lead well. From ideas on sermon topics, to sermon outlines, to insightful articles on preaching, teaching, church growth and more.
ShareFaith Graphics and Media Resources
Share Faith offers all-in-one church worship and outreach resources to engage and grow disciples
 
SermonCentral Sermon Central
Equipping a worldwide community of Pastors and Ministry Leaders with free sermons for preaching inspiration
DeafChurch Resources for Deaf Church
Resources from Open Hands - a British Sign Language (BSL) church community which meets Rising Brook Community Library
Fuelcast Fuelcast
A free inspirational discipleship video every weekday of the year
 
 
Prayer Resources
247Prayer How to set up a 24/7 prayer room
A seven session course that looks at some of the theological and practical issues around leading worship.
 
PrayerCourse Prayer course
An 8 week journey through the Lord’s Prayer with Pete Greig
 
CreativePrayer Ideas for creative prayer
Finding new ways to connect and speak with God
 
 
Small group study resources
LIFEsize LIFEsize
A study guide to encourage groups from smaller churches to recognise their strengths, develop their relationships and serve their community.  A five-session course with accompanying videos for download:
Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4 and Session 5
ChristianityExplored Christianity Explored
A relaxed and informal way of sharing the best news you can ever hear, giving people space and time to think about the big questions of life, through seven sessions in Mark’s Gospel.
 
LifeExplored Life explored
Seven interactive sessions based on stunning films shot all over the globe will help people uncover what they’re really living for, and see how, in Christ, God meets their deepest desires for happiness.
DiscipleshipExplored Discipleship explored
An eight-session journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians is ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life. It features documentary-style films and inspiring real-life stories from around the world, Bible studies and weekly reading plans, and a Handbook.
 
321 321.org
The story of God, the world and you - three videos and study questions
 
TheWord121 The Word one to one
The Word One to One has everything you need to take a friend through the book of John. Each booklet divides the gospel into accessible, bitesize chunks - called which take 20 - 30 minutes to work through together.
 
 
Books
SmChEssentials Small Church Essentials
Affirming small church leaders and showing them how to identify what they do well, and how to do it even better.

Author: Karl Vaters
Published: Moody Press (2018)
ISBN: 978 08024 1806 7
   
ReadySteadyGrow Ready Steady Grow
Looks realistically at the barriers to growth, as well as the hurdles of reorganisation and structural changes that growing churches inevitably face.

Author: Ray Evans
Published: IVP (2014)
ISBN: 978 17835 9113 8
   
MessagesThatMove Messages that move
A practical guide to the art of preparing and delivering Bible talks that lead to genuine transformation through the gospel.

Author: Tim Hawkins
Published: The Good Book Company (2013)
ISBN: 978 19087 6237 5
   
Refresh Refresh
How to stop going to church and instead be the church.  A not-so-new guide to being church and doing life

Authors: Michael Moynagh and Rob Peabody
Published:  Monarch Books (2016)
ISBN: 978 08572 1765 3


 
Other Resources
Aslan ASLAN
A ministry to those with additional needs which offers free material for an alternative Sunday School experience for 5-19 year olds with special needs
About WDWGFH Where do we grow from here?
Explore Ken Benjamin's theme during his year as President of Baptists Together (2019-2020) which included looking at Whole-Life Discipleship and Missional Communities
 
NewHousingHub New Housing Hub
A Network for Christians of all traditions who have a vision for engaging with new housing communities
HowardJones Mark’s Gospel monologue
Howard Jones would be happy to bring his performance of Mark's Gospel to other community settings.  Tickets can be booked by phone 07980 365140 or on revhcj@gmail.com
 
RuralMinistries Rural Ministries
Rural Ministries has a range of publications, guidance, policies that can help equip you for the pastoral and practical side of your ministry.  It also offers training and conferences that are practical, relevant and affordable.
 
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