Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry
As a Church Library Ministry (CLM) team member, have you experienced the need to learn more about how to carry out your responsibilities? As a CLM team leader, have you ever wished you had an intentional curriculum to help you train your team members? That is what Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry is all about—a process for you to work through individually or with your team to learn basic library skills and concepts as well as refine and improve the ministry of your church’s library. The Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process is the Church Library Ministry part of the Christian Growth Study Plan (CGSP).
Why have an Equipping Process for Church Librarians?
An equipping process provides you with specific steps to guide you to learn how to carry out your responsibilities on the church library team. The steps include learning basic concepts that will enable you to become a church librarian. Based on these understandings, the next steps will enable you to develop the skills you need to carry out those responsibilities. You may learn how to do something in an easier way! Then as you start to think like a librarian and develop skills, you will be able to understand and apply sound library procedures. Consequently, the equipping process will enable you to provide your church family with a library that more and more members and guests will use in the years to come.
What is the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process?
The Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process is the CGSP for church librarians. This process is a flexible, easy to use guide for team leaders to use with their team members or for team members to use individually. The process involves the five church library ministry areas by including a certificate plan for each one—Connecting CLM with the Church, CLM Administration, CLM Collection Development, CLM Classification & Cataloging, CLM Promotion. The process also includes a ministry area that is often carried out by church librarians through a plan for Preparing the History of Your Church and Library. A seventh certificate plan, CLM Orientation, is designed for new church library team members to use as they determine which library responsibility matches their interests, spiritual gifts, passions, and abilities. These seven certificate plans are designed to equip your library team for every aspect of church library ministry.
Each ministry area certificate plan has a minimum of 4 courses. A few ministry areas have 5-6 courses—the extra courses are considered electives. Each course has Course Requirements. The Course Requirements include a minimum of 5 actions such as reading specific pages in the Church Library Ministry Information Service and/or web site articles or participating in a related conference, interviewing a librarian or visiting another library, developing something related to the ministry area, implementing what you have developed, and evaluating what you have implemented. The course requirements for earning a certificate when not attending a conference include a variety of experiences as he or she completes the requirements for each course.
The Equipping Church Librarians Certificates and Courses:
1. Connecting the Church Library with the Church
A. Connecting with the Ministries of the Church
B. Connecting with the Age Groups
C. Connecting with Spiritual Growth of Individuals
D. Connecting with Biblical Literacy
2. Church Library Ministry Administration
A. Church Library Ministry Design
B. Planning & Budgeting
C. Team Building
D. Policy Development
E. Space and Furnishings
3. Church Library Ministry Collection Development
A. Selecting Media
C. Inventory & Weeding
D. Book Repair
4. Church Library Ministry Classification & Subject Cataloging
B. Subject Cataloging
D. Preparing for Automation in the Church Library
E. Improving Ministry Through Automation in the Church Library
5. Church Library Promotion
A. Promotion Planning
B. Visual Promotion
C. Print Promotion
D. Promotion Activities
6. Preparing History for Your Church and Library (To Be Added)
A. Collecting and Preserving the History of Your Church and Library
B. Writing the History of Your Church and Library
C. Promoting the History of Your Church and Library
D. Celebrating the Heritage of Your Church and Library
7. Church Library Orientation
A. Church Library Ministry Administration Overview
B. Church Library Ministry Collection Development
C. Church Library Ministry Classification and Cataloging
D. Church Library Ministry Promotion
E. Preparing the History of Your Church and Library Overview (To Be Added)
Who uses the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process?
When to use the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process?
Where to use the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process?
How to use the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process?
Team members may use the equipping process on their own without their teams.
Team Leaders may use the process as a stepping stone to developing an equipping
process for their specific teams.
How do I record completed course requirements and courses?
How do I transfer incomplete Christian Growth Study Plan Church Library Ministry courses to the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process courses?
If you have been using LifeWay’s CGSP certificate plans, be aware that Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry new certificate plans are replacing those plans, but continues to be part of the Christian Growth Study Plan for providing certificates.
NOTE: The Christian Growth Study Plan office is no longer able to retrieve CGSP transcripts nor process credit requests.
You are encouraged to consider your completed CGSP certificate plans as completed work. You should have certificates for that work. However, if you have CGSP certificate plans with incomplete courses, you are welcome to use the Plans Roster to identify courses in the Equipping plans that match your incomplete courses in the CGSP certificate plans. Your CGSP transcript lists your completed courses for each certificate plan. Use the document “Church Library Ministry Christian Growth Study Plan Certificate Plans” as a guide to discover the incomplete courses for each CGSP certificate plan you have completed courses.
Resources used by the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Process
4. Most courses include reading assignments for articles on the LifeWay Church
Library web site: www.lifeway.com/churchlibrary.
5. The interview and visit assignments refer to The Church Librarians