CLM Administration: Church Library Ministry Design


Church Library Ministry Administration


  • READ/CONFERENCE: Read pages 18-19; 31-33; 39-40 related to Ministry Design in the Church Library Ministry Information Service and the following articles AND/OR participate in a conference on church library ministry design.

             1.  Church Library Ministry Strategy

            2.  “How to Begin or Renew a Church Library”

            3. “If Ever There Were a ‘Least Likely’, I’m It!”


  • INTERVIEW your pastor to learn how the library team can support the church by carrying out the mission and vision of the church through media and library services for the church and community.


  • DEVELOP with your team your own ministry design for your church library including the mission statement of your church’s library. Make sure the library’s mission includes the mission and vision of the church using the library as a partner in mission and vision.


  • IMPLEMENT the process by presenting your customized ministry design including the mission statement to the church leaders for approval. Begin using the ministry design document while training new team members and new church staff personnel. Prepare the first section of a desk book related to the circulation desk as discussed on (p. 29, Church Library Ministry Information Service.)


  • EVALUATE (after 2-3 months) how the library is effectively applying the mission statement and ministry design into the everyday workings of the library. As a team, discuss how the desk book is helping the circulation desk operate more efficiently. Share how the desk book is helping the library operate on the CLN's The Circle. When you complete the evaluation and make the necessary revisions in the process, request your “Church Library Ministry Design” certificate. Click here for the application.


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Comment by Morlee Maynard on February 22, 2017 at 3:47pm

Just updated the links on this page.

Comment by Morlee Maynard on September 13, 2011 at 4:16pm
This course is now up to date. THANKS!
Comment by Morlee Maynard on May 6, 2011 at 10:10am
Much love and appreciation goes to Sue Berthelot and Beth Andrews who wrote this course for us. As you have questions or experience to share, please post a comment here.


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