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Ministry is All That We Do Together

It really does add up.

Shared Ministry Multiplies Impact

Theme-Based Ministry helps multiply the impact of the shared ministry of the congregation, minister, and staff by

  • Providing a congregation-wide focus through the annual and monthly themes.

  • Facilitating annual program planning and creative staff collaboration.

  • Providing extensive resources for worship, religious education for children and youth, small group ministry, adult programs, and community outreach.

  • Creating synergy between minister-led and lay-led Sunday services that focus on the theme.

  • Inviting engagement through a pyramid of deepening.

  • Involving more staff, volunteers, and voices in implementing themes in creative ways.

  • Recommending activities and events for exploring the themes with the wider community.

  • Making it easier for newcomers to get a sense of how the congregation “does church.”

  • Providing a “whole-church” experience with all ages exploring the same theme.

Photo Credit: Abacus, Photo by Chuck Chuck Chuck, June 6, 2007, (CC BY-ND 2.0),

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