This page is a collection of resources that we’re continually adding to in order to gather informative resources for a variety of current topics facing us, including controversial ones.
This is not an advocacy page but a repository. Not all resources here are endorsed, but they are included as relevant, if even advocating a contrary position to those typically or categorically held by Free church pastors. We do try to filter out under-researched opinion pieces.
Some of these resources will contradict each other. Some of them will assert things you don’t agree with. You can consider the resources you don’t agree with as ways to learn how others see and interpret the issues so that you can strengthen your own case.
Please feel free to recommend new resources to add to this list by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soul Care for Pastors
- Pandemic-weary Pastor - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/pandemic-weary-pastor/
- Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls by Lee Eclov - “for weary pastors needing a comforting arm around their shoulder”
- Pastor transition planning:
- From the North Central District: https://ncdefca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Lead-Pastor-Transitions_NCD-QuickGuide.pdf
- Embracing Succession, by Will Heath (recommended by Jeff Donelan, McCook)
Self-evaluation Tools for Churches and Church Finances
- Church Equippers (how to get unstuck as a church) - https://churchequippers.com/ (note that Colby can coach your church in Church Equippers processes)
- Church Excel (free resources on finances and other helpful guides) - https://www.ecfa.church/CE-Dashboard.aspx
- ECFA’s most requested forms (note: ECFA, not EFCA)
- There are so many additional forms, resources and checklists on Brotherhood Mutual’s Safety Library online. You can also access Legal Assist where you can submit your questions directly to Brotherhood Mutual’s legal team for additional guidance.
- Top Requested Forms
- Facility Use Agreement Form
- Participation Waiver Form
- Driver Screening Form
- Equipment Use Agreement
- Short-Term Trip Agreement
- Notice of Injury Form
- Photo Use Agreement
- Property Inventory
- Volunteer Application
- Volunteer Renewal Application
- The Employee Retention Credit webinar recording - https://mailchi.mp/ecfa/ecfa-webinar-recording-link-8-highlights-from-the-generosity-project-survey-716450?e=f60b12652b
- Healthy Church - https://www.healthychurch.net/
LGBTQ+, Gender, and Sexuality Issues, the Equality Act
- Calibrate Ministries / Brady Cone (LGBTQ+ and the Gospel) - https://calibrateministries.com/ (Brady is available to equip churches and parents to minister to those with same-sex attraction)
- Caleb Kaltenbach / The Messy Grace Group (LGBTQ+ and the Gospel, and a resource for The Equality Act efforts in Congress) - https://www.calebkaltenbach.com/
Race Issues, CRT, BLM
- Stuck in the Present by David George Moore (CRT and other current issues)
- “What Happened to You?” by Andrew Sullivan (CRT) - https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/what-happened-to-you-e5f
- Making Kingdom Disciples : A New Framework by Charles H. Dunahoo
- New Generations (resources for disciplemaking movements) - https://newgenerations.org/
The Church in the Public Square (kind of a grab-bag category)
Events hosted by our churches for the church at large or featuring our pastors
- Preaching Luke, Oct 6-8, First EV Free Wichita (homiletics seminar) - https://simeontrust.org/workshop/wichita-2021/
- An Evening with Dr. Curt Thompson, Oct 14, 6:30PM, Christ Community - Leawood Campus (Psychiatrist Curt Thompson shares fresh insights and practical applications for developing more authentic relationships and fully experiencing our deepest longing: to be known) - https://christcommunitykc.org/event-details/?ccbpress_event_id=16848
From the Pastoral Team
All Peoples Ministries (Abdel Gonzalez)
Credentialing and Doctrine (Phil Green)
- Getting your credentials with the EFCA - https://efcamidwest.org/resources-copy/
Global Initiatives (Kerry Relihan)
- Miraculous Movements, Jerry Trousdale - Disciple Making Movements are described. Chapter 13 is a great outline for how to apply this in your own setting. This book is about some ministries that I am currently in touch with and which ReachGlobal is partnering to reach Unreached People Groups in Africa.
- The Kingdom Unleashed Jerry Trousdale & Glenn Sunshine - This is a more in depth look at God’s Kingdom movements that are exploding around the world. Useful to consider how to make it happen here in the US too.
- Check out the website - stratus.earth - to get a flavor of what is happening around the world among the people groups within the various nations. Great tool for prayer or to see where your missionaries are working.
Multiplication (Mike Sechler)
NextGen Ministries (Lige Reed)
Worship Arts (Donald Adams)